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WWF Summer School 2018

25 May


Summer school is a fun and exciting way to learn about our city’s unique ecosystems. Held in July and August, planned nature activities are for groups aged 6-8 and 9-11. With classmates and friends, the groups discover the richness of the natural world, the importance of conserving it and the effects of our daily lifestyle choices on these environments. The WWF’s curriculum based activities are run by their educators at their three centres in Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hoi Ha Wan Marine Life Centre and Island House Conservation Studies Centre, Tai Po.

Nature Adventurers (3 days):

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The 3-day Nature Adventurers programme takes groups aged 9-11 into the heart of Hong Kong’s rich and unique biodiversity. Day one covers Mai Po’s rich variety of wetland habitats and the thriving biodiversity of the more than 2,050 species they support. Day two will include coral observation, a glass-bottomed boat tour and snorkelling at Hoi Ha. Day three focuses on sustainable living and the impact of excessive carbon emissions and biodiversity loss on our natural environments.
Age: 9-11

Nature Explorers (2 days):

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The 2-day Nature Explorers programme takes place at WWF’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre in Tai Po. Amidst its lush English-style gardens, which boast over 140 species of local and introduced plants, groups aged 6-8 will discover the vast range of wildlife that is all around them. They will also learn about the threats to habitat loss, sustainable living and how their daily choices impact our natural environment.
Age: 6-8

Ocean Explorers (2 days):

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The 2-day Ocean Explorers programme takes groups aged 6-8 years old on a journey through marine biodiversity and marine conservation at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, which boasts more hard coral species than the Caribbean Sea. What a great way to discover the ocean! The programme includes a glass-bottomed boat tour, introduction to sustainable fisheries and a marine litter study at Sandy Beach.
Age: 6-8

To download the brochure, for additional information on dates and fees, please visit the WWF website by following this link.

For more information, call 2526 1011 (press 2 for English and then 8) or email education@wwf.org.hk

About WWF-Hong Kong: WWF-Hong Kong was founded in 1981 and is an integral part of WWF’s global network. Their work began with managing Mai Po Nature Reserve and conserving iconic species. Over the years, WWF-Hong Kong has expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.

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Angels for Orphans

17 May

Angels for Orphans is the guardian for their chosen children’s charities. Angels for Orphans currently raises awareness and funds for charities in Hong Kong, Cambodia and Indonesia that work tirelessly on the ground to improve the lives of the many children in their care.

Every child has a right to love, protection, happiness, education, care, shelter, food, medicine, clothing and hope. Yet, sadly, thousands of orphaned children are denied a safe and loving environment in which to flourish and grow. They find themselves caught up in the endless cycle of violence, disease, mal-nutrition and ignorance that blights their young and fragile lives. Extreme poverty is their harsh reality. In many countries, there is no protection or state funding for children whose parents die, leaving them orphaned, alone and destitute.

As our world faces tough times and many cross border challenges, so do many parents. Protecting and caring for their children has become even more difficult. Historically, being an orphan meant you had no parents but it has now been noted by numerous NGO’s that this definition has changed. Many of the orphans living in orphanages are there because their impoverished parents do not believe they can care for them. Such children in care are widely referred to as “Economic Orphans“.

Angels for Orphans is currently working with three very worthwhile charities which tirelessly strive to give renewed hope to vulnerable, disadvantaged and neglected children in their care. Angels for Orphans is very proud to be partnered with Bali Kids in Indonesia, Sunrise Children’s Village in Cambodia and Po Leung Kuk in Hong Kong. Their dedicated team of volunteers in Hong Kong; are working to secure funding for various projects managed by these charities. Together, they seek to provide the children under their wings with the happy and healthy futures they so deserve. Angels for Orphans is a Hong Kong registered non-for-profit which supports local children as well as those overseas and since their establishment in 2009, their passion has driven them to help children wherever the need is most desperate. They are pro-active in raising the profile and fund raising for each of their partner organisations. Their volunteers on the ground in Hong Kong champion passionate companies and individuals who can help bring about change.

Become an Angel: Since Angels for Orphans’ establishment in 2009, their passion has driven them to help children where the needs are most desperate. They realize how key it is that they, as volunteers, are pro-active in raising the profile and funds for each of their partner organizations. This is achieved by engaging with the local community, championing passionate companies and individuals to assist with well needed changes. Angels for Orphans believes it is important to help educate our global young citizens within local schools, as they will become the future Angels. This is accomplished by coordinating and hosting events as well as giving presentations.

With that in mind it seems their work is never done……
If you can tick more than one of the boxes below, then Angels for Orphans needs you
* Organised
* Dedicated
* Full of Energy
* Passionate about the future of children
* Expert in your industry field
* Time on your hands

Please follow this link and apply now.

Angels for Orphans also believes it is important to help educate our global young citizens within Hong Kong’s schools as they are future Angels. Angels for Orphans visits schools, coordinating and hosting events, and giving presentations.

For more information, please email enquiries@angelsfororphans.co.uk

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong

13 May

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong is dedicated to improving the lives of children in Hong Kong who live with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong does not focus on any single illness or disability. Instead, they aim to address the needs of children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with disabilities and other special needs who are not getting the help they need.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong generally does not make cash payments directly to beneficiaries. Instead, they aim to provide physical and practical resources to meet the unmet needs of disadvantaged children and to relieve the burden on their families. Their objective is to enable disadvantaged children reach their full potential and enjoy a more fulfilling life.

Although Variety’s work is serious, they never forget the importance of having fun. Bringing smiles to the faces of children is a positive and fun experience for Variety volunteers, sponsors and supporters.

Of course, they can’t do everything on their own. Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong proudly works in partnership with other children’s agencies and charities in Hong Kong and they welcome the support of any person or organization that shares their ideals and objectives.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong is focused solely on Hong Kong children who are living with a disadvantage. All funds raised in Hong Kong are applied for the benefit of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong.

What you can do to help
People from all walks of life can help children through Variety by becoming a regular donor, attending an event, organizing a fundraising event, taking part in a personal challenge like a marathon or trek, leaving a bequest in their will or volunteering.

Donate: People from all walks of life can help children through Variety by becoming a regular donor, attending an event, organizing a fundraising event, taking part in a personal challenge like a marathon or trek, leaving a bequest in their will or volunteering. To donate please follow this link

Gifts and services in-kind: Gifts and services in-kind are a vital element in enabling Variety to meet its vision and mission. Gifts of auction and raffle prizes for events, business skills such as legal or accountancy advice or technology and office items are all necessary to successfully deliver Variety’s vision and mission.

For more information about HOW YOU CAN HELP please email info@variety.org.hk

Volunteer: As Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong grows and their programs develop, they will need assistance in many ways, such as fundraising events, assistance with outings for children and with the administration of their programs and events.

Use your talent, experience and passion to make a real difference to Hong Kong children in need. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child’s face light up and knowing your contribution has helped make it happen. For more information about HOW TO BECOME A VARIETY VOLUNTEER please email info@variety.org.hk.

Just the Ticket

9 May

Just the Ticket is a Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation that provides access to cultural events to people in need. They do so by providing a centralised platform where events organisers can donate tickets to their events to existing charities and other non-profit organisations.

Mission: Just the Ticket believes the arts can enrich and transform lives as well as bring communities closer together — and Just the Ticket wants to make sure all citizens of Hong Kong have access to the full diversity of cultural and recreational activities in the city.

What you can do to help
Become a Beneficiary: Are you a tax-exempt charity organization? Would the population you serve benefit from greater access to arts, culture and education events? Click here to learn how you can register with Just the Ticket.

Donate Tickets: To make cultural events in Hong Kong accessible to those in need, Just the Ticket needs, well . . . tickets! Click here to donate.

Donate Money: Imagine making it possible for a disabled child in Hong Kong to see their first live ballet performance, for an elderly pensioner to see a Cantonese opera, or for a low-income family to experience the joys of the symphony. Click here to donate

Volunteering: Volunteering with Just The Ticket is also a valuable opportunity to learn more about nonprofits in Hong Kong. Follow this link and click on the Join Today button

For more information, please email sara@justthetickethk.org

In Touch with Nature – 5-Day Summer Camp for Children 2018

5 May


Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is re-running their popular 5-day Summer Camp for Children this year with a range of experiential activities.

1. Nature / Objectives
Kids will explore nature through hiking in woodland, art in nature workshops, animal encounters, harvesting and preparing low-carbon lunch with fresh vegetables at the Green Hub. Participants will be able to make new friends, bond with nature and gain greater awareness of the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong.

2. Programme Content
* Understand the interconnected relationships between plants and animals;
* Use all senses to discover the hidden treasures in nature;
* Learn about native animals in their habitats and ways to protect our native species;
* Express creatively and freely through nature art;
* Foster respect for nature by learning to live sustainably.

Date: 3 – 7 July 2018 (English camp)

Other date options:
Camp B: 9 – 13 July 2018 (Cantonese)
Camp C: 16 – 20 July 2018 (Cantonese)

Time: 09:30am – 4:00pm Daily (non- residential)

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden & Green Hub

Target group / No. of Participants : Children aged 7-9 years.
24 maximum per camp (at least one camp counselor per 6 children)

Price: HKD$2,200 for 5 days (Vegetarian lunch included)

Please submit your online application form by following this link and submit it to KFBG before 31 May, 2018.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis

For more information please contact Ms Eliz Leung at 2483 7110 or email elizleung@kfbg.org

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden : Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) spreads over 148 hectares of land on the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest mountain, near the town of Tai Po.

KFBG has a deep-set valley between two ridges, with a stream running steeply down through the forest. On the slopes there are forest, theme gardens, vegetable terraces, 8km of walking trails, 9km of roads, and conservation and educational facilities.

The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives; and to provide leisure and educational experience for the public. The theme gardens were designed and planted from the 1960’s onwards, and through planting, natural process and protection from fire, what was once barren scrubland is now mature forest. Visitors are welcome.

Junior Achievement (JA)

1 May

Junior Achievement (JA) is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in the global economy, through their applied learning programs in work readiness, entrepreneurial thinking and financial literacy.

JA HK is one of the 100+ members of JA Worldwide, and a leading provider of Other Learning Experiences in Hong Kong. Their programs enable young people to learn the world of work from the first-hand experience of business volunteers. Since their establishment in 2001, JA HK has engaged the support of over 21,000 business volunteers from some 700 companies to serve more than 330,000 students from over 600 schools.

JA HK is a registered not-for-profit, tax-exempt charity under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance in Hong Kong. The organization does not receive annual subvention from the government. Their success hinges on the strong partnership with and valuable support from different stakeholders in the community. Partner companies and individuals contribute and support their organization in different ways.

Student Volunteers: JA HK provides an excellent service learning opportunity for student volunteers. They are keen to recruit more university student volunteers to deliver their two primary school programs, JA Play Lab and JA More Than Money. Students can also volunteer at the JA HK office as administrative support to gain experience on the operation of a not-for-profit organisation. Through volunteering, students develop their collaboration and communication skills.

To register as a volunteer, please follow this link and complete the form.

For more information, please email info@jahk.org

Volunteer for Books & Beyond Reading Club

3 Apr

Books & Beyond Reading Club is a community service initiative founded in July 2014 by a group of passionate individuals. It all started with the idea that all children should have the opportunity to learn English in a fun and relaxing environment and develop their social emotional skills to succeed in school and life.

Mission:
Books & Beyond Reading Club’s mission is to help children develop a love of reading, nurture social-emotional skills in the face of challenges, build healthy relationships and make sound decisions.

Programme Objectives:
* Enable confident self-expression in English
* See English learning as fun and enjoyable experience
* Build essential social-emotional skills to self-reflect, relate to others positively and make wise decisions

Volunteer: Only two hours on a Saturday morning can make a difference!

As a volunteer you will be the leader of 2-3 students (aged 8-10) to ensure the needs of each child in your group are met. You will help them
* Understand the content of the storybook
* Participate in activities
* Speak English without worrying about mistakes
* Have fun!

Details of the session
The story book, lesson plan, school address, directions and meeting point will be shared in a WhatsApp group at least 4 days before the session.

What to prepare
Please bring a photo (your pet, plant, holiday…) or an item that you would like to share with the kids in a 5 minute “Getting To Know You” show and tell.

To sign up, please follow this link

For more information, please email booksnbeyondreading@gmail.com