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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.