Tag Archives: Deprived Children

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

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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

International Women’s Day Breakfast: Two Tales of Global Impact

23 Feb

World change starts with educated children, and yet so many children around the world face immense barriers to access to education. For both speakers, adversity has been both the obstacle to and the drive behind persevering through challenges to be able to continue their path to education and success in personal and professional life. Join Room to Read this March 8th for “International Women’s Day Breakfast: Two Tales of Global Impact” to hear their inspiring life stories!

Neelam, Room to Read Girls’ Education Program Graduate
From an urban slum area of northwest region of Delhi, Neelam was destined to a life of poverty. Born to a father who works as a fresh produce seller in the local market, and mother who is a domestic helper, Neelam grew up to become the backbone of her family, taking care of her asthmatic mother and brothers and sisters. The turning point in Neelam’s life came in year 2005, when she became part of Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program (GEP) after which, for the first time, Neelam came to know of a different world where she would learn and do interesting things. Despite the many challenges she encountered during the program, Neelam has successfully attained her Bachelor degree in Commerce in 2015 and currently works in the Department of Telecommunications at the Ministry of Communications and and IT.

Elisa Chongbang, Multicultural Learning Facilitator, Hong Kong Christian Service
Elisa is a proud Hong Kong Nepalese woman, whose grandfather came to the city in the 1960s as an officer in the British Army. Hong Kong is her “Karmabhoomi”, meaning a place whose growth she will aid in and contribute to making it a racially harmonious and inclusive city. Since 2014, Elisa has been working in providing direct services to ethnic minorities as a part of her career. She produced the RTHK CIBS radio program called “Role Model: Someone To Look Up To” which aims at motivating the HK Nepali youth by interviewing 13 empowered HK Nepali people, as well as a short video titled “Namaskar Hong Kong” through the WeDo Global Social Issue Video Competition. Her work has helped to preserve Hong Kong Nepali culture and continuously works at improving the self-identity of numerous Hong Kong Nepali youth. She was awarded the Hong Kong Unison Scholarship, which provided her with further training on social policy and advocacy. She is a volunteer with PathFinders, advocating maternity rights for foreign domestic helpers. She is also a Social Justice fellow of Resolve Foundation. Furthermore, she has been volunteering at an organisation that works on promoting mental health care in Hong Kong for the past three years. She wants to keep working on empowering ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, mental health care for children and adolescents, as well as the rights of foreign domestic workers. In her spare time, she likes to sew, write, read and brainstorm new ideas for her future projects.

*Tickets included coffee and breakfast
**Audio and Visual Content will be recorded by the Mettā Team

Date: Thursday, 8 March 2018

Time: 8-9:30am

Place: Mettā, 21/F California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong

Price: $150 from EventBrite

About Room to Read : Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, Room to Read develops literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

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.

PathFinders

15 Jan

PathFinders Limited is an independent, secular and non-partisan humanitarian services organisation with tax-exempt charitable status in Hong Kong.

Since their founding in 2008, PathFinders has helped over 4,800 of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable babies, children and migrant women. Over 10% of the children Pathfinders has served would, but for PathFinders, have been at extreme risk of abuse, neglect, even trafficking.

Mission
To ensure that the most vulnerable children born in Hong Kong, and their migrant mothers, are respected and protected.

Vision
For all children to be respected and protected.

Values
PathFinders’ approach is non-judgmental, respectful, passionate, courageous, empathetic, discreet and collaborative.

Why does Hong Kong need PathFinders?
The babies, children and women that PathFinders help are either not supported, or are inadequately supported, by Hong Kong’s existing public welfare, healthcare and access to justice structures. In effect, they fall through the cracks of Hong Kong’s otherwise world class social welfare safety nets.

Who does PathFinders help?
PathFinders helps pregnant, migrant women (principally current or former foreign domestic workers) in distress and their Hong Kong-born children. Despite legal protections, too many of these women are unlawfully fired once their pregnancy is announced or discovered. In 2016, 88% of the fathers were in Hong Kong. Once their employment is terminated, these pregnant women immediately become homeless. Within two weeks they lose access to all public welfare support. Now destitute, they and their babies are among the most vulnerable and underserved people in Hong Kong.

What you can do to help
Volunteer: PathFinders is looking for motivated and passionate volunteers to help vulnerable children and their migrant mothers. Join PathFinders to make a unique and valuable contribution to our community. How you can help:
* Workshop Facilitator
* Supplies Coordinator
* Outreach Ambassador
To learn more about PathFinders’ stories, services, and other volunteer opportunities, to their Meet and Greet volunteer workshop.

Check out the calendar by following this link and sign up for PathFinders’ upcoming events. Join PathFinders to make a difference!


Donate Supplies: PathFinders collect and distribute pre-loved and new baby supplies to migrant mothers and children who desperately need our support. PathFinders gladly accepts donations of the following items for distribution to their clients:
* Newborn and children’s clothes (size up to 2 years)
* Baby blankets
* Baby carriers, baby slings and wraps
* Disposable diapers (up to 1yrs/11kg)
* Lightweight foldable pushchairs (See our ‘Pushchairs for PathFinders‘ collection campaign!)
* Baby milk formula (newborn to 1 yr) – expired baby food is not accepted.
* Maternity clothes
Please ensure that all donated items are dry, clean and in good condition.
Include your name, telephone number and email address inside each of your donation bags/boxes.

Drop Off Locations
PathFinders’ Office – Unit 2D, Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon (Map)
(Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm)
Volunteer’s Home – C4, 101 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong (contact tel: 60441268 or victoria@pathfinders.org.hk to organise drop off)

A Purposeful Evening with John Wood, Founder of Room to Read

31 Dec

John Wood, Founder of Room to Read has just completed his third book. Called Purpose Incorporated: Turning Cause into Your Competitive Advantage, the book launch will take place on Thursday, 25 January 2018 from 6 – 8pm at Grand Harbour Ballroom of the fabulous Four Seasons Hotel.

100% of the author profits from the book will go to to Room to Read, with the goal of sponsoring at least 10 libraries serving over 4,000 eager young readers. To help in this quest, HKBN and Goldman Sachs have set the event up so that any profits from ticket sales will also go to Room to Read, with the hope of funding the first library before the evening is over.

Come for a fun night of networking, purposeful discussion and of course, fabulous food and drinks! The ticket price also includes a signed copy of the book.

The invitation and a brief summation/excerpt from the opening chapters of the new book are both attached here.

For any further enquiries, please contact louisa.berry@roomtoread.org.

Date: Thursday, 25 January 2018

Time: 6-8pm

Place: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central

Price: $500 + EventBrite fees
Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite

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.

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!