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International Women’s Day Breakfast: Two Tales of Global Impact

23 Feb

World change starts with educated children, and yet so many children around the world face immense barriers to access to education. For both speakers, adversity has been both the obstacle to and the drive behind persevering through challenges to be able to continue their path to education and success in personal and professional life. Join Room to Read this March 8th for “International Women’s Day Breakfast: Two Tales of Global Impact” to hear their inspiring life stories!

Neelam, Room to Read Girls’ Education Program Graduate
From an urban slum area of northwest region of Delhi, Neelam was destined to a life of poverty. Born to a father who works as a fresh produce seller in the local market, and mother who is a domestic helper, Neelam grew up to become the backbone of her family, taking care of her asthmatic mother and brothers and sisters. The turning point in Neelam’s life came in year 2005, when she became part of Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program (GEP) after which, for the first time, Neelam came to know of a different world where she would learn and do interesting things. Despite the many challenges she encountered during the program, Neelam has successfully attained her Bachelor degree in Commerce in 2015 and currently works in the Department of Telecommunications at the Ministry of Communications and and IT.

Elisa Chongbang, Multicultural Learning Facilitator, Hong Kong Christian Service
Elisa is a proud Hong Kong Nepalese woman, whose grandfather came to the city in the 1960s as an officer in the British Army. Hong Kong is her “Karmabhoomi”, meaning a place whose growth she will aid in and contribute to making it a racially harmonious and inclusive city. Since 2014, Elisa has been working in providing direct services to ethnic minorities as a part of her career. She produced the RTHK CIBS radio program called “Role Model: Someone To Look Up To” which aims at motivating the HK Nepali youth by interviewing 13 empowered HK Nepali people, as well as a short video titled “Namaskar Hong Kong” through the WeDo Global Social Issue Video Competition. Her work has helped to preserve Hong Kong Nepali culture and continuously works at improving the self-identity of numerous Hong Kong Nepali youth. She was awarded the Hong Kong Unison Scholarship, which provided her with further training on social policy and advocacy. She is a volunteer with PathFinders, advocating maternity rights for foreign domestic helpers. She is also a Social Justice fellow of Resolve Foundation. Furthermore, she has been volunteering at an organisation that works on promoting mental health care in Hong Kong for the past three years. She wants to keep working on empowering ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, mental health care for children and adolescents, as well as the rights of foreign domestic workers. In her spare time, she likes to sew, write, read and brainstorm new ideas for her future projects.

*Tickets included coffee and breakfast
**Audio and Visual Content will be recorded by the Mettā Team

Date: Thursday, 8 March 2018

Time: 8-9:30am

Place: Mettā, 21/F California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong

Price: $150 from EventBrite

About Room to Read : Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, Room to Read develops literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

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Crossroads Foundation – Student Summer Internships

15 Feb

Crossroads Foundation recruits students from universities and colleges to participate in its annual internship programme. Students are given the opportunity to be assistant managers in most of our many departments and to help in the running of them. They work with people from around the world while gaining vital, real-world English-environment, work experience.

Roles available include communications, design, translation, accounting, administration, research, goods preparation for distribution, shipping, computing, catering, hospitality, simulation experiential programmes, our fair trade marketplace and café. Students are awarded a certificate and a reference letter from Crossroads on completion of the internship programme.

Date: Students commit to a six-week, full-time service period. Our work week is Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

First intake: June 5th – July 14th 2018 (Deadline for applications is May 12th)

Second intake: July 10th – August 18th 2018 (Deadline for applications is June 16th)

Time: Crossroads working hours for interns are 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. They are closed on public holidays unless advised otherwise.

Place: Internships take place at the Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun.

How: Interested students should complete an internship application form. They will then undertake a brief interview and, in the following weeks, be notified as to whether they have been accepted and in which department they have been placed. After completing 6 full time weeks of internship, each student will receive a certificate and a letter of reference from Crossroads. These are awarded at an internship celebration at the end of the period or upon finishing the programme.

Note: Students who are not in Hong Kong at the time of the interviews may complete their interviews online. Email us for more details at volunteer@crossroads.org.hk.

About : Crossroads Foundation is a Hong Kong based, non-profit organisation serving global need. They believe that, in a broken world that sees too much suffering, we should do all we can to link those who are in need with those who can provide help. So Crossroads provides an intersection, literally a crossroads, to bring both together. They offer four global crossroads services:

Global Distribution: This distributes Hong Kong’s quality excess goods as needed, internationally and locally. It provides a crossroads between need and supply.

Global X-perience: This offers simulated x-periences of global need. It provides a crossroads between the lifestyles of the rich and poor.

Global Handicrafts: This sells fair trade goods from people in poverty. It is a crossroads between those needing a fair income and those with buying power.

Global Hand: This provides a ‘matching’ website for public-private partnerships. It is a crossroads between for-profit and non-profit organisations who wish to address global need.

Foodlink

13 Feb

Founded in 2001, Foodlink Foundation is a registered Hong Kong charity dedicated to fighting hunger, building self-sufficiency, and fostering nutritional wellness among those in need, while simultaneously reducing food wastage in hotels and F&B outlets in Hong Kong.

Vision & Mission
The vision at Foodlink Foundation is to ensure that every needy person has access to a hot, healthy meal, every single day. Foodlink acts as a bridge — a charity dedicated to connecting the supply directly to the demand, as often as possible, by collecting safe-to-eat surplus food from F&B outlets all over the city and deliver to those in need. The benefits are twofold — while reducing hunger Foodlink also reduces the pressure on the city’s landfills.

What you can do to help
Be a Food Donor:
Every 20 kg of your surplus food gives eight families of four, or 32 people, a hot, nourishing meal. If your organization has food surplus and an ambition to help the community, then healthy, nutritious food is what Foodlink needs.
Email: info@foodlinkfoundation.org
Phone: +852 2567 1561 / +852 2812 3748
Fax: +852 2812 3617

Volunteer:
Volunteering is a great way to support Foodlink. Foodlink is looking for volunteers in the following areas:
Translation, Coins Counting, Graphic Design * Legal Advice * Photography * Marketing and PR / Social Media * Data Management * Committee for Foodlink’s Programs / Events * Bookkeeping * Referrals to Food Donors and Beneficiaries
Please download the Volunteer Registration Form and return the completed form to Foodlink

Donate Funds:
Foodlink fully utilizes and appreciates every dollar you donate! Every HK$7 you donate can provide a hot and nutritious meal to someone in need. Currently Foodlink receives charitable contributions through individual donations, private foundations, corporate foundations, foundation grants, and signature events and fundraisers. They are a proud member of WiseGiving, an entity that aims to enhance charity accountability and transparency in Hong Kong. These different revenue streams generate enough to keep Foodlink‘s vans on the road, but Foodlink needs your help to continue to drive hunger away! To donate please follow this link

Don’t miss Room to Read’s 2018 Gala on 2 March!

10 Feb

Please join Room to Read‘s Hong Kong Chapter to get Active for Education and be a Game Changer at Room to Read‘s Hong Kong Gala on Friday 2 March 2018.

Join Room to Read‘s Founder John Wood and their APAC Board members to celebrate and be inspired by their game changers in the making – young learners around the globe empowered through their programs to be their best selves.

Date: Friday, 2 March 2018

Time: 6:30PM, Champagne Reception; 7:30PM Dinner

Place: Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel

Price: HKD$48,000 (10 Guests)

Dress Code: Formal Cocktail

To reserve your table, please email caroline.sprod@roomtoread.org

About Room to Read: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

room to read 2To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

room to read john-woodFor more information please visit their website.

Save and Share – New Year Gift Packs and Food Collection

4 Feb

Chinese New Year is a time of year for celebration and gift giving. In the Chinese tradition, food is generally given as gifts as part of the new year’s celebrations. If you have received one gift too many, think about making a donation to Food-Co and the People’s Food Bank. In this holiday season, they are looking for Chinese New Year gift packs, rice, noodles, canned food and other packaged food with complete packaging with an expiry of 8 weeks or longer. Around 970,000 Hong Kong people live below the poverty line. FOOD-CO and People’s Food Bank will distribute your donations to the deprived families.

Collection period: 5 February – 9 March 2018

Collection Points:
1. 聖雅各福群會總會902室
St. James Settlement Headquarters Rm 902
2. 西安中心
Sai On Centre
3. 慈惠軒(九龍西)
Kindness Centre (West Kowloon)
4. 慈惠軒(葵涌)
Kindness Centre (Kwai Chung)

Support this food drive and support deprived families in Hong Kong.

About Food-Co: In June 2016, St. James’ Settlement was awarded by SIE Fund to run FOOD-CO the first IT platform for food support service. FOOD-CO aims at facilitating food donation in a more efficient way with advancement in technology and data analysis. FOOD-CO works with like-minded partners to solicit resources for poverty alleviation. They cultivate a culture of save and share, with an aim to reducing food waste and creating a better living environment.

About People’s Food Bank: The office of the People’s Food Bank is located at Sai On Centre, Sai Ying Pun. It was originally a relief centre for street sleepers. It went into operation on 24 March 1997 and is still providing services for street sleepers on Hong Kong Island today. All along, the centre has been providing food for street sleepers and emergency food supplies for the poor to relieve their hunger. After the financial crisis of 1998, the issue of poverty worsened in Hong Kong. A UN report on human development pointed out that in terms of the gap between the rich and the poor, Hong Kong ranked number 3 in developed areas of the whole world and number 1 in developed areas of Asia. The SAR Government reduced CSSA for the first time in June 1999. This caused further hardship to those who relied on the SAR Government for their livelihood. With the economic downturn and high rate of unemployment, the number of street sleepers shot up. The number of referrals to this centre for food assistance continued to increase. In November 2002, with the help of Food Link, the centre obtained leftovers from a hotel. The food collected, combined with vegetables, provided food for the stomachs of 12 people on average every day. In 2003 when Sars was ravaging the territory, the hotel stopped the supply of food. The free food service offered by the centre was temporarily suspended. Fortunately, a donation made by a Mr Li meant that the service could be relaunched. The daily quota for meal service increased from 12 to 24. Thereafter, the number of people asking for food assistance kept on increasing. As a result, St. James’ Settlement formally established the People’s Food Bank on 13 December 2003, providing the poor with temporary free food assistance.

Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children 2018

25 Jan

Enjoying a hearty meal with your loved ones is probably a must-do during Chinese New Year, but have you thought about spending a day out with them in the countryside this year?

Take your children, invite your relatives and co-workers to the Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children 2018. You will have a great time while doing something meaningful. All proceeds from this event will go to World Vision’s integrated health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects in South Sudan to help South Sudanese children and families affected by the ongoing conflict in their country and provide them with much-needed basic necessities and food assistance.

Date: Saturday, 24 February 2018

Time: 10am – 1:30pm

Place: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

Categories: Take a 4km journey without shoes on to “experience” displacement of South Sudanese children. Check out the booths and activities after the walk to learn more about the challenging life of South Sudanese people.

Individual
$500 minimum fundraising amount

Family
In addition to the Barefoot Walk, Take part in workshops to learn more about the lives of families displaced by war. Try building a simple makeshift tent and a latrine, and fetching water in the settlement.
Barefoot Walk: $1,000 (Include 2 adults & 2 members under 16)
Barefoot Walk + Family Workshops: $1,800 (Include 2 adults & 2 members under 16)

Corporate & Group
Capture a Moment in South Sudan
Time: 12 – 1:30pm
Use your imagination, let it guide you to the surroundings of the displaced and understand their plight.
Barefoot Walk + Capture a Moment in South Sudan: $6,000 (Include 10 members per team, family members of staff participants are welcome)

To register, please follow this link

Application Deadline: 2 February 2018

About World Vision: World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

PathFinders

15 Jan

PathFinders Limited is an independent, secular and non-partisan humanitarian services organisation with tax-exempt charitable status in Hong Kong.

Since their founding in 2008, PathFinders has helped over 4,800 of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable babies, children and migrant women. Over 10% of the children Pathfinders has served would, but for PathFinders, have been at extreme risk of abuse, neglect, even trafficking.

Mission
To ensure that the most vulnerable children born in Hong Kong, and their migrant mothers, are respected and protected.

Vision
For all children to be respected and protected.

Values
PathFinders’ approach is non-judgmental, respectful, passionate, courageous, empathetic, discreet and collaborative.

Why does Hong Kong need PathFinders?
The babies, children and women that PathFinders help are either not supported, or are inadequately supported, by Hong Kong’s existing public welfare, healthcare and access to justice structures. In effect, they fall through the cracks of Hong Kong’s otherwise world class social welfare safety nets.

Who does PathFinders help?
PathFinders helps pregnant, migrant women (principally current or former foreign domestic workers) in distress and their Hong Kong-born children. Despite legal protections, too many of these women are unlawfully fired once their pregnancy is announced or discovered. In 2016, 88% of the fathers were in Hong Kong. Once their employment is terminated, these pregnant women immediately become homeless. Within two weeks they lose access to all public welfare support. Now destitute, they and their babies are among the most vulnerable and underserved people in Hong Kong.

What you can do to help
Volunteer: PathFinders is looking for motivated and passionate volunteers to help vulnerable children and their migrant mothers. Join PathFinders to make a unique and valuable contribution to our community. How you can help:
* Workshop Facilitator
* Supplies Coordinator
* Outreach Ambassador
To learn more about PathFinders’ stories, services, and other volunteer opportunities, to their Meet and Greet volunteer workshop.

Check out the calendar by following this link and sign up for PathFinders’ upcoming events. Join PathFinders to make a difference!


Donate Supplies: PathFinders collect and distribute pre-loved and new baby supplies to migrant mothers and children who desperately need our support. PathFinders gladly accepts donations of the following items for distribution to their clients:
* Newborn and children’s clothes (size up to 2 years)
* Baby blankets
* Baby carriers, baby slings and wraps
* Disposable diapers (up to 1yrs/11kg)
* Lightweight foldable pushchairs (See our ‘Pushchairs for PathFinders‘ collection campaign!)
* Baby milk formula (newborn to 1 yr) – expired baby food is not accepted.
* Maternity clothes
Please ensure that all donated items are dry, clean and in good condition.
Include your name, telephone number and email address inside each of your donation bags/boxes.

Drop Off Locations
PathFinders’ Office – Unit 2D, Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon (Map)
(Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm)
Volunteer’s Home – C4, 101 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong (contact tel: 60441268 or victoria@pathfinders.org.hk to organise drop off)