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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.

The Cathedral Clares Designer Label Sale IS BACK!

26 Apr

Designer Sale of Spring & Summer Clothing for Men & Women including Shoes & Handbags – need one say more?

All proceeds benefit LOCAL charities

Date: Saturday, 21 May 2016

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Li Hall, St John’s Cathedral

About The Cathedral Clares: The Clares are a diverse and multinational group, faith and non-faith, Cathedral and non-Cathedral members who enjoy occasional lunches and trips around Hong Kong.

Join The Clares and make new friends and even snap up a bargain during sorting and pricing of donated goods for sale in their Charity Shop, CASTAWAYS !

Join The Clares for sorting any WEDNESDAY from 09:30am and for coffee and conversation at 10:30am in The Li Hall of St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong. Or
Contact: Stella on stellarcarter@gmail.com
Or: Ruth on ruhuphillipson@yahoo.com

Castaways is located within the Cathedral grounds. It sells clothing, including shoes and handbags, and also books and household linen donated by Cathedral members and the public. Items in good, clean, SALEABLE condition are welcomed.

Apart from the part time Manager the shop is staffed by volunteers from Clares Women’s Network and all profits go to locally based charities. Castaways is proud of its service to the community. It is thrice blessed. It blesses the generous giver, the grateful buyer and the needy charity. (The volunteers also enjoy themselves)

Opening hours are:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12.00 noon – 2.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am – 12.00nn.
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Donation days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Michaelmas Fair 2015

18 Oct

michaelmas fair poster 2aSt. John’s Cathedral has held its annual Fun Fair for local charities every year since 1946. Set up in the grounds of the Cathedral under brightly coloured awnings, the fair offers marching bands, games, book and clothing stalls, food and much more. Great place to stock up on Christmas cards. Don’t forget the raffle with sumptuous prizes.

Proceeds benefit various charities supported by St. John’s.

Date: Saturday, 31 October 2015

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central

Barefoot Walk for Children

3 Jan

Chinese New Year is a time for reunion and celebration with new clothes, new shoes, festive food, and even traveling for a new beginning. Have you set new goals for the New Year? Why not start your New Year by participating in something unique and meaningful? You can bring wondrous blessings and laughter to the children afar in the conflict zone of South Sudan, by placing yourself in a South Sudanese experience in the charity barefoot walk.

barefootJoin the Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children on 28 February 2015 (Sat), and come with family, friends or team up with co-workers.

Since the civil war broke out in late 2013 in South Sudan, located in eastern Africa, over a million of people, half being vulnerable children, were displaced and forced to flee from home. To stay away from the fighting, many refugees live in hideous refugee camp and rely on food provided by relief agencies. The large number of refugees has put tremendous pressure on food supply. Many in starvation are struggling to survive with some even resort to eating tree leaves.

Barefoot-walkingThe funds that you raise, together with other donations received from World Vision famine activities will provide support to over 400,000 refugees of South Sudan, including the provision of food aid, water containers, children healthcare and more!

Bring hope to the children of South Sudan by walking barefoot and raising funds. See you there!

Date: 28 February 2015

Location: The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

Categories:
Individual or Family
Nine-hole Golf Course Route
Barefoot walk + Game Booths ── From the starting point, participant walks barefoot to the Nine-hole Golf Course covered in green pastures to experience the challenge deprived children are facing daily (duration is about 1.5 hours). After the walk, check out the educational game booths.
(Suitable for children from 3-12 years old)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Minimum Fundraising Amount: $400 for individual, $900 for each family
Available Spots: 1,200
(Suitable for children from 3-12 years old)

Refugee Life Experiential Route
Barefoot walk + Game Booths + Experiential workshops ── After the walk, join in the special workshop to experience the difficult life of South Sudanese children.
Time: 10am-3pm
Minimum Fundraising Amount: $600 for individual, $1,600 for each family
Available Spots: 300

Corporate or Organisation
“We are United” Route
Barefoot walk + Game Booths +Team building workshops ── After the walk, transform into South Sudanese refugees with your team in workshop, and learn about turbulent life in the midst of war.
Time: 10am-3pm
Minimum Fundraising Amount: $4,000 for each team
Available Spots: 50

Application Deadline: 30 January 2015
First come, first served
For more information please visit the World Vision website.

worldvision1About the charity: While on a trip to China in 1947, a young American reporter, Dr Bob Pierce, met Tena Hoelkedoer, a female missionary in Xiamen. She arranged for him to talk to some children there. On the last day, she brought with her a poor girl named Baiyu (meaning white jade). After hearing Pierce’s words, Baiyu told her father that she wanted to go to school. However, she was scolded, beaten and thrown out of her family. Pierce wanted to help this precious soul, so he gave Ms Tena all that he had which was just five dollars. Ms Tena used it to buy food and clothes for Baiyu and send her to school. She asked Pierce to send the same amount each month after returning home so that she could continue to look after Baiyu.

This encounter marked the turning point in Pierce’s life. In 1950, he founded World Vision, with the aim of helping poverty-stricken children around the world. That five dollars set the prototype of the child sponsorship programme. The first child sponsorship programme began a few years later in response to the needs of hundreds of thousands of orphans at the end of the Korean War in 1953. It was later extended to other Asian countries, and places such as Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Today, monthly contributions from child sponsors enable World Vision to provide impoverished children and their communities with access to clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, education, and economic opportunities, enabling them to become self-reliant. World Vision is a living tribute to Pierce’s work.

In 1962, Typhoon Wanda hit Hong Kong severely. World Vision distributed relief supplies in Hong Kong, and later set up its first field office in the territory. With the economic recovery in Hong Kong, World Vision Hong Kong turned itself into a fundraising office in 1982, supporting the relief and development work of World Vision offices world-wide. In 2010, the people of Hong Kong sponsored over 200,000 children living in poverty, helping to fund World Vision Hong Kong’s international long-term ‘Area Development Programmes’. World Vision Hong Kong also promotes public education, raising public awareness about global issues such as poverty, hunger, health and child rights.