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How do we embrace a girl in crisis?

17 Jun

When a girl in crisis reaches out to Mother’s Choice for help, they welcome her into a safe place, and equip and empower her for a hopeful future. This looks different for each of the 242 girls who they walked with this year, because Mother’s Choice adapts their approach to the needs of each girl. BoBo’s story reminds us that we all need support from our friends and family when raising our children.

BoBo, a teen client of Mother’s Choice Pregnant Girls Services
“When I was pregnant, I truly didn’t know if I had the support around me to care for a baby, so I thought adoption would be the best plan. But the moment she was born, I felt so much love, I didn’t think I could leave her. Mother’s Choice arranged for a volunteer Project Bridge* family to care of my baby while I made my decision. I was nervous, but as I watched the Bridge Mom gently pick up my daughter, I knew she would be safe. Even so, my heart ached when she was carried away from me.

With support from my family, I realized I have what it takes to be a mother. I am so thankful to be living with our daughter now and am learning to be the best mom I can be. Our home is filled with so much joy as we raise my daughter together.”

Renata, Project Bridge Mom*
“When we first met BoBo in the hospital, we could feel her pain. She desperately wanted to be a mom, but she didn’t have the support she needed. My husband and I committed to caring for her baby in our own home so that BoBo and her family would have some time to get back on their feet. During that time, BoBo came over regularly to learn how to take care of her baby, and I would always try to encourage her. One evening, after we put the baby to bed, she opened her arms, and we hugged and cried together for several minutes. We started as strangers who don’t speak the same language, but we will forever share a deep bond, because we love the same child.

This experience has made me so passionate about supporting young mothers – all we did was care for a baby for two months, but it gave this new family the time they needed to stay together. Saying goodbye to the baby was one of the hardest things we have ever done, but we will absolutely open our home again to do the same thing if it can help another child and their family.”

*Project Bridge connects children in need of a temporary home to loving, nurturing volunteer families who open their homes anywhere from a few days to several months. Mother’s Choice has a great need for more families!

If you want to know about Mother’s Choice’s fostering programme or would like to attend one of their Info Sessions, please visit their website.

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice is a grassroots non-profit organization that provides and promotes loving, nurturing care for babies and children needing permanent homes.

Their story starts in 1987 when founders Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah, and Gary & Helen Stephens, moved by a series of articles in the newspaper about the alarming numbers of teenage crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong, were stirred to action.
The news article reported that approximately 35-40% of the hundreds of girls going to Shenzhen every week were already in their last trimester. There was an obvious need with no one visibly responding, even though people were actually aware of the circumstances of the girls going to Shenzhen for late term abortions. The founders knew that these babies could live given the good and proper medical attention available in Hong Kong – they just needed to find the space and funding to give these girls real options. So together with the support of their friends and the community, they began the work of Mother’s Choice.

Starting with just one borrowed room and no experience but motivated to give back to this city that they love, Mother’s Choice has since helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases.

Despite their achievements, Hong Kong continues to desperately need their services. Bain & Company, a global consulting firm, conducted pro-bono research for Mother’s Choice on the state of crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong in 2010. Based on their research, they conservatively estimated that there are 6,880 crisis pregnancies each year in Hong Kong. Nearly 60% were unwed females, the majority of whom were under 25 years old – Mother’s Choice serviced nearly 25% of these young women.

The research also showed that Mother’s Choice is the leader in providing non-judgmental services to young single girls facing crisis pregnancy in Hong Kong, and the only organization that provides services from conception through labour and delivery and post-pregnancy care.

Unfortunately, the research also showed that there is still an unmet demand of young women facing crisis pregnancy [55%] that are not receiving the help or counseling that they need. It is critical that Mother’s Choice needs to expand their services and reach in the community.

For more information on Mother’s Choice and their work please visit their website.
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Beers For Books 4 Year Anniversary!

9 Jun

You’re invited to Room to Read’s Beers for Books 4-Year Anniversary on Wednesday, 14th of June from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. To get you in the summer and tropical mood, they have collaborated with Wahtiki Island Lounge who will generously donate HKD$10 per drink purchased and will be kindly matched by Hilton 1:1.

Each drink purchased would help to publish 2 local-language children’s books to children in need!

Exciting Raffle Prizes to be won thanks to sponsors: Linguini Fini, Ruinart, Americraft, Peroni, Tatcha, Watsons Wine etc…

Due to LIMITED capacity, please RSVP by emailing Room to Read at cherry.ng@roomtoread.org Please put RSVP14June in the subject line

Date: Wednesday, 14 of June

Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Place: Wahtiki Island Lounge,3rd Floor, Seabird House, 22-28 Wyndham Street, Central

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.

KFBG’s The Wild Encounter: 3-Day Summer Youth Camp

18 May

Looking for a special experience this summer? Come and join Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden‘s Youth Day Camp. You will have the opportunity to take part in conservation projects by working alongside KFBG‘s animal and forest conservation experts. Discover the wonders of nature by walking deep into the forest at night. You will feel and experience nature like never before. Participants will make new friends, bond with nature and gain an understanding of the interconnected relationships between humans, wild animals and the environment.

Programme Content:
* Discover animals and their habitats during day time and night time
* Experience animal encounter activities
* Meet and learn from our animal experts
* Participate in forest-restoration activities
* Express creativity freely through nature-art
* Connect with nature to foster respect and appreciation

Target group / No. of Participants:
Youths aged 12 – 14. 20 maximum per camp (at least 1 camp counselor per 5 participants)

Language: Cantonese

Date / Time:
Camp A: 17 – 19 Aug 2017 (Mon to Wed)
Camp B: 7 – 9 Aug 2017 (Mon to Wed)
0930 – 1600 (Day 1 and Day 2)
1430 – 2100 (Day 3)
(Non-residential)

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
Pick-ups and drop-offs at Kowloon Tong MTR station
(Option to dismiss at Tai Po Market MTR station on Day 3)

Price: HKD$2,500 for 3 days (vegetarian lunch/dinner included)

Application: Please submit your online application and payment to KFBG before 7 June, 2017. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

Kids4Kids Movie Premiere Fundraiser

13 May

Award-winning Taiwanese movie featuring indigenous Taiwanese children actors, Hang In There, Kids! 只要我長大, will be premiering in Hong Kong in June 2017. In partnership with Smark B TV, Kids4Kids will hold a premiere fundraiser on June 3 to raise funds for the upcoming round of My Story Creation Workshops and Competition.

Why?
* To raise funds for My Story Creation Workshops and Competitions 2017/18
* To align with Kids4Kids’ mission of using creativity to make a positive impact
* To offer an exclusive chance for YOU to premiere a meaningful movie!

Movie Synopsis
In a secluded indigenous tribe in Taiwan, 3 kids grew up in the mountains and the woods. They are all very optimistic, energetic, and playful; yet, they are also troubled by their own family issues. Their handicapped teacher opened an after school session to help them with their schoolwork. For the children, it’s like a ray of love shone on them. The teacher has a beautiful voice, but never sings. One day, the 3 kids find a tape of their teacher’s recording and are amazed by her voice. They decide to bring this tape to Taipei…. What changes will this trip bring to all of their lives?

Date: Saturday, 3 June 2017

Time: 3:30-5pm

Place: UA Cine Times, Level 13, Times Square, Causeway Bay

Price:
Movie Ticket | HK$350 each (+ $16.50 Eventbrite fee)
Raffle Ticket | HK$100 each (+ $10.25 Eventbrite fee)
To buy tickets please go to EventBrite

Support literacy development. Make an impact today!

About Kids4Kids: Kids4Kids is a non-profit organization founded in Hong Kong in 2008 and is aregistered charitable institution exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

kids4kidskids4kids3Their Mission: To empower children to take responsibility with opportunities to learn about giving back — from the products created to activities organized by kids of all ages to reach out and help, in our local community, for a better Hong Kong.

Kids4Kids Summer Internship Programme 2017

3 May

Looking for a meaningful summer experience? Contribute your skills and meet people from across the community through the Kids4Kids Summer Internship Program.

Apart from regular operational tasks, Kids4Kids are always looking for students to help with the following:
* Program Development
* Translation (English to Chinese)
* Editorial and Publishing
* Arts and Crafts Preparation
* Graphic Design
* Photography or Video Production

Criteria for application:
Age – Senior secondary or university students
Resume – please submit a resume with your application
Recommendation – please submit a recommendation letter from either a teacher or mentor

Date:
2 weeks = 3-14 July
4 weeks = 3-28 July or 31 July to 25 August
8 weeks = 3 July to 25 August

If you are interested, follow this link to their website and complete the form.

Deadline for application: 19 May 2017

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kids4Kids at intern@kids4kids.org.hk.

About Kids4Kids: Kids4Kids is a non-profit organization founded in Hong Kong in 2008 and is aregistered charitable institution exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

kids4kidskids4kids3Their Mission: To empower children to take responsibility with opportunities to learn about giving back — from the products created to activities organized by kids of all ages to reach out and help, in our local community, for a better Hong Kong.

Volunteer for the Hans Anderson Club

23 Apr

The Story of HAC…
In 1963, a group of expatriates began serving the underprivileged children and new migrant families in the Diamond Hill district of Kowloon. Hans Andersen Club was named after the renowned Danish story writer Hans Christian Andersen to symbolize the Club’s concerns for and focus on the wellbeing of children and the youth, regardless of their races, nationalities and religions.

Vision
HAC takes families as their servicing target. As a harmonious parent-child relationship can be established through storytelling and creative games, Hans Andersen Club purports to provide adequate training as well as readily accessible resources and trainings on storytelling and on devising creative games, and to serve the grass-root and under-privileged families and their children in Hong Kong. Their goal is to enable children enjoy holistic development and adapt to intellectual based society.

Mission
Cherish our Children, Cultivate our Community

Since the opening of Storyland in 2006, HAC have been committed to provide creative, professional and diversified storytelling services to the community. HAC believes that reading is the perfect way to broaden children’s horizons and nourish their minds. Storytelling also plays a significant role to promoting one’s imagination, self-confidence and parent-child relationships.

This is what HAC does…

Reading Club for Parents
To provide practical skills, theories and experience-sharing, so that parents can become a confident storyteller
Use stories to resolve conflicts and promote parent-child relationship
Storytelling with interaction, creativity and fun

Storytelling Resources
High-quality storybooks are available for members to borrow and read at the Storytellers’ Resource Centre
“Parents’ Resource Kit” with storybook, tailor-made props and activities
“Schools’ Resource Kit” with big books and suggestions for activities
Reading Garden (link to http://www.storytelling.org.hk): A Web-based platform for sharing

Paired Reading Scheme
Cultivate children’s interest in reading and develop good moral values through interactive games, stories and activities

Volunteer Training and Community Services
Organize services for individual and corporate volunteers
Respond to the community’s needs and provide support for those in need

Book Bag Library
Sponsored by Bring Me A Book Hong Kong, the Book Bag Library provides high-quality books for children and “First Teachers Training” for parents.

Share Storytelling Resource
There are over a thousand story books and various kinds of resources for members to borrow free of charge. There is also a stage, dressing room and audio-visual equipment to support all types of storytelling performances.

What you can do to help:
HAC needs your help to run their operations and events, including paired-reading, story-writing, storytelling, drama, art & design, promotion & publicity, editorial & publishing etc. All 15 and above are welcome.

If you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link to their online volunteer registration form.

UNICEF 2017 Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition

2 Apr


Join China Children’s Week 2017 Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition

Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) will hold the China Children’s Week 2017 – Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition on 7 May 2017 (Sunday) at Central Lawn, Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon. The competition to be held one week before Mother’s Day will raise funds for UNICEF’s ‘Cash Transfers for Deprived Children‘ (CCT) Project in China, which will be dedicated to giving a good start in life for every child by improving the maternal and child health services in China.

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Although families from remote and deprived areas are now entitled to free hospital delivery and healthcare services, suspension of work and high travelling costs make them reluctant to access these services and lead to high maternal and neonatal mortality rates. Since 2013, UNICEF HK has allocated the funds raised in China Children’s Week to the CCT project launched by UNICEF in 15 counties in Yunnan, Gansu and Sichuan. Through the initiative, women from underprivileged families will receive cash subsidies, enabling their access to prenatal and postnatal checkups, hospital delivery and vaccinations for their babies. By 26 January 2017, a total of 16,806 women and children under 1 year old have been benefitted from this project.

By joining the Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition, children can celebrate an early Mother’s Day. While expressing their love to mothers in the drawings, these little artists can also raise funds for mothers and children in rural China, championing the spirit of ‘kids helping kids’. UNICEF sincerely invites all little artists aged 12 or below to participate in this meaningful fundraising event for CCT Project, ensuring a healthy good start for children.

Date: Sunday, 7 May 2017

Time: 12 – 6pm

Place: Central Lawn, Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon (Carnival will be set up in Sunset Lawn)

Price: $180 donation

To register please go to their website

© UNICEF HK/2016

This competition is open for children who are 12 or under.
There are 3 age groups
Group A: 6 years old or under (Born in 2011 or after)
Group B: 7-9 years old (Born between 2008 and 2010)
Group C: 10-12 years old (Born between 2005 and 2007)
Awards: 1st Prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and 20 Consolation Prizes for each age group;
Most Popular Award (online voting);
Overall Champion;
All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
The 3 organization with most participants will receive a certificate.

7 April 2017 (Friday) Deadline for submission of printed application form
21 April 2017 (Friday) Deadline for online application
Late April 2017 Confirmation emails to all applications, this email will be used for registration on event day
7 May 2017 (Sunday) China Children’s Week 2017 – Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition
To be announced Official results and prize collection announcements on the website

About UNICEF: UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners, they work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

UNICEF is a leading humanitarian and development agency working globally for the rights of every child. Child rights begin with safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflict and traverse the life cycle: pre-natal care for healthy births, clean water and sanitation, health care and education.

UNICEF has spent nearly 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Working with and for children through adolescence and into adulthood requires a global presence whose goal is to produce results and monitor their effects. UNICEF also lobbies and partners with leaders, thinkers and policy makers to help all children realize their rights—especially the most disadvantaged.