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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.

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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.

Social Career a platform for getting involved

16 Dec

If your resolution for the year is to volunteer and you don’t know where to start, take a look at Social Career

What is Social Career?
Social Career is a non-profit technology organization registered in Hong Kong in 2015 and a registered charity under section 88 of the Inland Revenue ordinance (File no: 91/15011). With funding support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, Social Career is building a platform that encourages the general public to volunteer and get involved in social causes and service activities.

Their vision is to be in a world where everyone has a second career outside of their work. Everyone deserves an opportunity to develop a second career that we are truly passionate about. They call this our Social Career. You can have a fulfilling Social Career regardless of your profession, education or your social status; it’s about who you are and your impact on society through volunteering. Your Social Career will carry on even after you have retired from your daily job.

Social Career’s mission is to educate the general public in volunteerism and involvement in social causes and services. To achieve this mission, they devote their knowledge and experience of applying latest information technology to develop a platform that helps non-profit organizations and enterprises with a social mission to encourage and manage long-term and skill-based volunteering activities.

Which role are you interested in?
Administrative assistant, coach/teacher, mentor, performer/entertainer, program assistant, care taker, cleaner/repairer, … there is a lot to choose from

Who do you want to help?
The variety of non-profits looking for help is vast. They include charities providing services to infants and children, women, elderly, new arrivals, ethnic minorities, the disabled, homeless, animals, refugees, and the list goes on

How do you Volunteer?
Just register by following this link, look at the volunteer opportunities on their website or on their app. Like it? Sign up, it’s that easy!

Volunteer for Health in Action

3 Aug

Asylum seekers and refugees (ASRs) have limited rights in Hong Kong and they are a group of marginalized and ignored population. Due to the backlog of the screening process, it is not unusual for an ASR to stay in Hong Kong for years, some of them have stayed in Hong Kong for over ten years. They are prohibited to engage in any form of businesses or jobs, except in rare exceptions. During the lengthy screening process and long waiting time, ASRs can only live under limited government and NGO subsidies. Despite their long stay, they are often detached from the society and there is little public awareness of their presence in the city.

Health in Action is a humanitarian organization established in 2011 in Hong Kong, with a focus in promoting community health and wellbeing through the empowerment of underprivileged populations in Hong Kong and in Southeast Asia. Their work is rooted in the core belief that every human being has the right to health. They offer support to people based on health needs, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Health In Action is a registered charity in Hong Kong and is a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

Health In Action advocates health equity for the underprivileged, including ASRs in Hong Kong. The right to health implies that the government should provide accessible and acceptable basic healthcare to all living in the city. This also includes other health-related services such as nutritious food and safe housing etc. The right to health enshrined in international human rights treaties, such as International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, is applicable to Hong Kong. ASRs can attend basic medical services at public hospitals with their fees waived. However, experience from ASRs show that there are multiple factors hindering their health care access, including cultural differences, language barrier, lack of awareness of health needs and financial constraints. All these impose negative effects on the physical and mental health of ASRs.

What you can do to help:
Volunteers are Health in Action’s core valuable assets. Their committed team of multi-disciplinary volunteers is continuously expanding, with professionals including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, lawyers and more. University students are also a crucial part of their taskforce. Health in Action welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds and experiences to join them in working towards health equity.

If you are interested in joining Health in Action as a volunteer, please do not hesitate to let them know by emailing hia@hia.org.hk.

Community xChange: World Refugee Day Fundraiser

12 Jun

To commemorate World Refugee Day (June 20), Table of Two Cities is bringing artists from the refugee and local community to showcase their talents and cultures with live music, DJ, and homemade munchies prepared by wonderful refugee chefs from Togo, Uganda, the Philippines and Indonesia!

Your ticket includes:
– 1 non-alcoholic drink
– a sample of 2 dishes
– sponsorship of food & drinks and transportation for our refugee friends and their families

*The venue doesn’t have an alcohol license, so please BYOB

All proceeds after costs will go to Refugee Union (Sister organization: Vision First).
Of course, donations are welcome!!

Date: Thursday, 22 June 2017

Time: 7:30pm-12am (Performance starts at 8pm)

Place: XXX, 89-91 Larch St, Tai Kok Tsui (3rd floor)

Price:
Online: $200
At the door before 8:30pm: $220
After 8:30pm: $240
Kids & Refugees: FREE
To buy your tickets please follow this link

About Refugee Union:
VISION
To be the union of protection claimants in Hong Kong with the aim of safeguarding refugee rights and improving the protection, wellbeing and future prospect of all refugees.

MISSION
To empower members to selflessly assist each other and actively participate in all matters relating to the life of refugees and the development of the asylum sphere in Hong Kong according to the highest standards of human rights.

Imagine That!

7 Jun

imagine thatImagine That! is a non-profit community arts festival that will take place in Hong Kong from 17-19th June in the lead up to World Refugee Day (20th June).

Show solidarity for the refugees in Hong Kong and abroad through the reclaiming of our public space and connecting the community through arts.

Arts has been the centre of the Refugee Art Movement’s workshops with refugees and asylum seekers. It has been a vehicle for frienship across barriers and now the Refugee Art Movement wants the same to happen beyond their workshops; in our city!

about a brideThere’s film, a poetry slam, art workshops, brunch, speed debating, much to do and learn from!

sense thatDate: 17 – 19 June 2016

Location: Various venues

To find out more, please visit their website

About The Refugee Art Movement: The Refugee Art Movement is a student led initiative that provides arts orientated workshops for refugees, asylum seekers and the wider community in Hong Kong. Started in Hong Kong by a group of students and staff at the University of Hong Kong in August 2015, they wanted to connect people from different socio-economic backgrounds and cultures to build long lasting friendships in Hong Kong.

The Refugee Art Movement uses art, drama, film, photography, music and more to encourage cultural exchange in this diverse city, mutual education and friendship.

In addition, the project aims to educate people about the realities faced by refugees and asylum seekers within Hong Kong and around the world.

The Refugee Art Movement knows from experience that there are so many people with a passion for arts, education and humanitarian issues and so they work to bring them together to use their skills for the benefit of our society. For more information about their work, please visit their Facebook page.

Justice Centre Hong Kong

24 May

justice centreJustice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit human rights organisation working fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants: refugees, other people seeking protection, survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.

Launched in 2014, Justice Centre Hong Kong was formerly Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, which over seven years, helped more than 2,000 refugee men, women and children on the road to a new life.

Building on their expertise in refugee issues, they identified a clear need for an increased response to tackling forced labour and human trafficking in Hong Kong, and expanded their remit to fill this gap.

Justice Centre Hong Kong advocates with and for forced migrants, bringing their voices into the public debate. They campaign for legislative and policy change, conduct research and work with the media and civil society to fight root causes and change systems and minds.

Justice Centre Hong KongAt their centre in Sai Ying Pun, people seeking protection in Hong Kong receive free and independent legal information and specialised legal and psychosocial assistance.

Justice Centre Hong Kong receives no government funding. Instead, they have spearheaded an innovative pro-bono working model that sees leading international law firms provide financial assistance and donate hours to help with legal research and support. They also harness funding from a variety of trusts and foundations and through individual donations.

How you can help:

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer with Justice Centre Hong Kong from protection claimant services and research to fundraising and events, design & communications. Justice Centre Hong Kong recruits committed and passionate individuals according to their current needs. Most volunteer opportunities require a long-term commitment (usually six months) and the right to work in Hong Kong. Justice Centre Hong Kong advertise volunteer opportunities on their website and in their quarterly e-newsletter; sign up for updates here.

Development Associate
This is an exciting volunteer opportunity to join their Fundraising and Development team in raising vital funds for our direct services and advocacy work to protect the rights of refugees, other people seeking protection, survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.

This is an ideal role for someone seeking a part-time opportunity to use their skills in PR/marketing/fundraising/business development, and will suit some-one who is passionate about leveraging their knowledge and connections to create long-lasting partnerships to secure funding and support for the work of Justice Centre Hong Kong. For more details of the scope of the role, please click here.

The role requires a commitment of 3 days per week for six months. To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to jobs@justicecentre.org.hk by 5pm on Friday June 10. Applicants invited for interview will be contacted by Tuesday June 14. Unfortunately, due to the high level of interest in their organisation, Justice Centre Hong Kong is only able to reply to shortlisted applicants.

Click here to find out about their other vacancies.

Young Advocates Programme
The Young Advocates Programme (YAP) is a unique programme for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a human rights setting, with coaching by Justice Centre Hong Kong staff and an opportunity to develop the skills and experience they need as they start the process of applying for university courses.

Building on their extensive experience leading practical clinic programmes to mentor university students, YAP was launched four years ago to extend this valuable mentorship to a select group of high school students in order to build up the future generation of human rights advocates.

Through the intensive programme, Young Advocates get involved in all areas of Justice Centre Hong Kong’s work, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Places are limited to two places per programme in order to enable them to offer a tailored programme to each Young Advocate and for their staff to dedicate time to mentoring and coaching them.

Who can apply?
YAP is open to select students who have Hong Kong residency and are aged between 15 – 18 years old. Young Advocates should have a keen interest in human rights law, NGO management and refugee rights. The programme is aimed at students interested in a career in law, human rights, government, social policy, or NGO management generally.

How do I apply?
Applications for YAP are now closed for the summer 2016 programme. Details of the Summer 2017 will be available in December 2016. Please contact Zamira Monteiro at zamira@justicecentre.org.hk for enquiries.