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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.

Room to Read HK looks for Chinese-speaking volunteers!

11 Jul

Thanks to the incredible momentum that has been built in Hong Kong, Room to Read‘s HK office is now looking for some Chinese-speaking enthusiasts who can raise Room to Read‘s profile in the local community!

room to read 3If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering with Room to Read HK, and is excited to talk about Room to Read in Cantonese or Mandarin, please an email Kitty at kitty.au@roomtoread.org with a cc to Tijana Zderic at tijana.zderic@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.

The Women’s Foundation

13 Jun

twf 2The Women’s Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in Hong Kong.

The Women’s Foundation was established in 2004 after a group of like-minded women identified the need for an organisation that would provide a voice for women and girls in Hong Kong.

Their primary objective was to tackle the challenges and inequities that women and girls face across Hong Kong society; a greater likelihood of being poorer and lower paid, subject to domestic violence, subject to prejudice in many industries, and less likely to achieve senior positions in the workplace or in politics.

twfThe Women’s Foundation was thus launched, modeled on the best such organisations around the world and based on the following key principles: action based on empirical research, dedicated and diverse supporters committed to change, and the support of the private sector for funding and institutional support to engineer change.

Their work in Hong Kong includes: Challenging gender stereotypes, empowering women in poverty, and advancing women leaders.

What you can do to help
twf volunteer_0If you can contribute some time, expertise or other support to TWF and their endeavours, TWF would love to hear from you!

twf 3Current volunteer opportunities include:
Be An English Instructor
The Women’s Foundation is currently looking for volunteers to work with disadvantaged youth and marginalised women to practise and improve their spoken English.

Volunteers can either participate in our small group workshops at local schools mainly in Kwai Chung, Sham Shui Po and Tin Shui Wai on Saturdays or Sundays or provide one on one support at a date/time/venue to be agreed with TWF programme beneficiaries.

TWF is looking in particular for volunteers for whom English is their first language and who are enthusiastic about teaching and engaging with local marginalised groups. Teaching experience is preferred but is not essential.

Run A Skills Workshop
The Women’s Foundation is currently looking for volunteers to teach local disadvantaged youth different types of skills e.g. arts and crafts, cooking, guitar, photography, film-making and drama.

Volunteers should be experts in a specific skill, able to communicate in Cantonese, and who are enthusiastic about teaching and engaging with local marginalised groups. Teaching experience is preferred but is not essential.

Help with a TWF Event
TWF is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with their busy calendar of events in particular their signature International Women’s Day Lunch and Annual Gala Dinner. Volunteers are welcome to work on any and all aspects of their events from event planning and logistics support, to being a TWF ambassador on the day.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Please email volunteer@twfhk.org, or visit their website.

Internships
twf internTWF offers a limited number of internships every year to individuals with an interest in learning about gender issues in the local and global context and who are passionate about helping them further their mission at The Women’s Foundation. Internships with TWF are in high demand and places are limited.

Internships with TWF are unpaid. To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter outlining your interest in an internship to hr@twfhk.org

About The Women’s Foundation:

twf logoVision
The Women’s Foundation’s vision is a Hong Kong in which women and girls have the opportunity, support and resources to thrive and achieve their true potential

Mission
The Women’s Foundation exists to promote the full and equal participation of women and girls in all aspects of Hong Kong society, by engaging in research, programmes, education and advocacy to drive measurable change

Strategic Goals
To be a credible independent resource for expertise and objective research on women’s issues in Hong Kong

To create positive and measurable change for women’s economic self-reliance through the implementation of sustainable programmes and initiatives

To work with local NGOs, businesses, government, academics and media to identify areas for effective collaboration

To challenge gender stereotypes that are at the root cause of so many constraints that women face and impose on themselves

To increase institutional investment in, and the active implementation of, equal opportunities for women in the workplace

Child Welfare Scheme

11 Jun

cws 2As many of you know, Nepal is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the world. Yet, with this beauty comes immense contrasts – the mountains make life extremely difficult for 83% of the population. As a result of limited access to water, health care, schools and infrastructure, 55% of the population live below the poverty line, 41% of children are chronically malnourished, 1 in 17 children will never reach their 5th birthday, 45% will not complete primary school and 20% will never go to school (NDHS 2011 and Unicef 2012).

cwsBetween 1996 and 2006, Nepal went through over a decade of civil war and political turmoil, making life even more difficult for children who are left to fend for themselves. This long armed conflict has had an adverse impact on the economic and social conditions of the country which has allowed child labour to flourish. 40% of the child population may be classified as working children. Among these working children, 51% (1.6 million) are working as child labourers, with 600,000 involved in hazardous work. Children, especially girls, are also sexually exploited for commercial purposes, especially in prostitution and pornography (Nepal Child Labour, ILO and Central Bureau of Statistics Nepal Report, 2011). Unicef estimates that 5,000 children are working or living on the streets and more than 8,000 have been orphaned (State of the World Children, 2012).

Despite almost five decades of foreign aid, Nepal continues to be one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with more than half of its population living below the poverty line (less than US$ 2 a day) and with one of the lowest life expectancies in Asia.

Nepalis have now entered a new phase in the country’s history – politically and socially. However for the millions of Nepalis still living below the poverty line – the ones who were most exposed to exploitation and abuse during the conflict period – inequality, caste based discrimination, lack of basic services, are still widely prevalent (World Bank 2012).

Despite little arable land, almost 38 per cent of the population makes a living from agriculture, which is also the foundation of the Nepalese economy and contributes to 82 per cent of its exports. The second source of income is tourism -bringing international trekkers to the beautiful Himalayan mountains.

Establishing efficient and transparent governance and administration, developing basic infrastructure (electricity, health, services, and roads), accelerating economic development and eradicating poverty are still Nepal’s major development challenges. Year-long controversies among political parties on power-sharing have contributed to Nepal’s economic growth lagging far behind that of the booming economies of neighbouring countries (Unesco 2011).

In 2011
Nepal’s population:
– 55% of the population lives below the poverty line with only US$ 2 per day
– In 2011, Nepal was ranked 157th position out of 187 countries in the UNDP Human Development Index (HDI takes into account three indicators: educational attainment, health measured through life expectancy and income)
– 83% of the population lives in rural areas where electricity, phones, roads, clean water, or schools rarely exist

Nepal’s children:
– 5,000 of children are living or working in the streets
– 10,000 to 15,000 girls are estimated to being trafficked to India every year
– 41% of children are chronically malnourished
– 6 children out of 100 will die before their fifth birthday
– 42% of children aged 5 to 17 years work to supplement family income -20% in acceptable work, 12% in detrimental work and 8% in the worst forms of child labour
– 45% will not complete primary education
– 20% will never go to school

Nepal’s women:
– Only 35% of women delivered in a health facility
– 58% of women received antenatal care
– 68% of women living in rural areas gave birth without a skilled health provider
– 61% percent of employed women are not paid for their work at all
– 43% of women are literate (versus 70% for men)

Sources: NDHS 2011 and Unicef 2012

These figures demonstrate the real need to support children and young people in Nepal, who make up 40% of the population. They suffer from the effects of poverty including poor nutrition and healthcare, lack of access to education and training, and dangerous child labour practices and child marriage.

Girls and young women in Nepal are discriminated against and exploited, especially those from the lower castes. “In addition, women in Nepal are predominantly engaged in agriculture; few have skilled manual jobs, and women are much less likely than men to be engaged in the professional, technical, and managerial fields. Further, women lag behind men in educational attainment, literacy, and exposure to mass media, all of which are critical contributors to women’s empowerment, and exert considerable influence on the development of their personality and on strengthening women’s position in the household and in society” (NDHS 2011)

child-welfare-schemeThe Child Welfare Scheme is empowering the Nepalese people to change the lives of their most deprived children and women.

CWS and their partners work with children in the western region of Nepal, at present specifically in Kaski and Lamjung districts both in rural mountainous region and in the slum communities of Leknah and Pokhara.

How it all started – Douglas’ Story
“I was 28 when I left the Netherlands and had a life-changing experience in the mountains of Nepal. A distraught mother, desperate for help, handed me her sick baby girl who was just one year old. The girl died in my arms. That was the moment that changed my life, and Child Welfare Scheme began.

I was determined to help, and asked the villagers what they needed most. They needed a safe place for children to play while they worked in the field and access to free, basic health care. Together we developed the concept of Day Care Health Centres in the villages, and built the first two centres with my own savings. The charity ‘Child Welfare Scheme’ was officially established in 1997, and has continued to develop projects based on empowering communities and implementing projects at a local level.

Every year just gets more exciting as we expand and improve on the year before. Today, we are one of the most effective organizations in Nepal, using a minimal amount of resources to reach a maximum number of children with high quality programmes and projects which are now highly recognized. Saving a child’s life can often cost next to nothing, especially when you think how lavishly we sometimes spend on a typical Friday night out.

I love my work as it’s very honest and to the point, but moreover, a great thing to share with others and to get them involved. We are not a high profile organization, but we are making a high profile difference to thousands of children and young people each year by changing or saving their lives.

Let’s keep on doing it together!

Cheers, and my heartfelt thanks.
Douglas Maclagan

What you can do to help:
The Child Welfare Scheme is always looking for help to support their work!

Event Volunteers
The Child Welfare Scheme holds regular fundraising events in Hong Kong and are always looking for helping hands during the event or with its preparation! Have a look at their previous and upcoming events!
Please contact CWS if you would like to volunteer with CWS or have any questions!

Office Volunteers
CWS is always happy to hear from people with event planning, video editing, photography, film production, communication, marketing, or research skills!

If you are able to commit to helping us regularly, we also often need extra help for day-to-day tasks! Please email or call CWS!

Volunteering in Nepal
CWS is an organization working with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and women. They value above all else their beneficiaries’ safety and protection therefore CWS gratefully requests the below from their volunteers.

Requirements:
5 months commitment minimum
Specific skills and experience in a profession relating to one or several of their projects (social worker, nurse, doctor, child psychologist, early childhood education specialist)
Ability to work individually and collaboratively

Note: Please note that nearly all volunteering roles will involve working with their local permanent staff and not with the children directly. Candidates with prior convictions will not be considered. A background check may be carried out.

If you fit the criteria and would like more information about volunteering in Nepal please contact CWS or simply send your cover letter and CV to info@cwshk.org!

cwsAbout Child Welfare Scheme: CWS HK is a HK registered charity which was set up in 2003, initially to raise funds to support their partners in Nepal. CWS projects in Nepal are monitored by their dedicated team who work with local, grassroots NGOs to provide education, health care and social opportunities to children and their communities. Please visit their project page to learn more about what they do in Nepal.

Their Mission
To provide protection, education, health care and opportunities to disadvantaged children and their families.

Beers for Books 3 Yr Anniversary “Raise the Bar for 100 Girls”

30 May


Join John Wood, Founder of Room to Read, to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Beers for Books and support their Girls’ Education Program.

To date, Room to Read has helped over 38,000 girls across nine countries to continue their education. By the end of 2017, Room to Read is aiming to reach 50,000 girls! On Thursday, 16 June Room to Read needs your help to move closer towards this milestone – join Room to Read to raise funds to enable 100 more girls to have access to education.

To celebrate the 3rd anniversary Room to Read is holding the BIGGEST ever Beers for Books raffle prize draw! They have amazing prizes to be won on the night thanks to dedicated sponsors: Dining Concepts, Four Seasons, Linguini Fini, Sotheby’s Wine, Island Shangri-La, S Nine by Susanna Soo, Ruinart, Otterbox…& many more!

Date: Thursday, 16 June 2016

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Lupa, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road, Central

EARLY-BIRD TICKET: $300 | AT THE DOOR: $400 (Includes 2 drinks & canapes)
Drinks kindly sponsored by Peroni and Veuve Clicquot

Click here to purchase an Early-Bird ticket

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.

To 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 Room to Readto 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.

For more information please visit their website.

Room to Read Battle of the Brains Movie Quiz

2 May

Join Room to Read for their third Room to Read Hong Kong Chapter Students Helping Students Battle of the Brains pub quiz. The quiz has a movies theme. This will a great night with lots of fun! Tickets have sold out in the previous quizzes so please get your tickets early to save disappointment!

rtr pub quizTickets are available individually or put a team together and join Room to Read to raise funds for their Literacy programs & Girls’ Education Program. All of the money raised will support their work in 10 low income countries in Asia and Africa.

There will be fabulous raffle prizes to be won – all donated by various generous sponsors!

The Trafalgar will be offering Happy Hour until 9pm! The doors open at 6:30pm and the quiz starts at 7:30pm.

Date: Wednesday, 11th May 2016

Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm

Location: Trafalgar, The Broadway, 5/F, 55-62 Lockhart Road, Wanchai

Cost: TICKETS – $150 per person

Table: RSVP table of 6 to Ali.hodgson@hotmail.co.uk

To register follow this link.

Any questions please contact Jodi.Ann.Mullen@outlook.com or Ali.hodgson@hotmail.co.uk.

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.

To 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 Room to Readto 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.

For more information please visit their website.

Beer for Books @ Varga Lounge

20 Apr

Get the lowdown on the latest at Room to Read, meet amazing people, and enjoy extended Happy Hour until 9:30PM. Come early, stay late.

Beer for BooksRoom to Read (www.roomtoread.org) is an international organization that focuses on literacy and gender equality in education in 10 countries across Asia and Africa. Their goal is to reach 15 million children by the year 2020. JOIN Room to Read this Beers For Books to be a part of that. See you there!

*** Enjoy extended Happy Hour until 9:30PM!! ***

*Beers For Books is (usually) held every second Tuesday of each month at various locations around HK. Their FB page has the latest.

Date: Tuesday, 26 April

Time: 6 – 9:30PM

Location: Varga Lounge, 36 Staunton Street, Soho

Cost: 1 drink purchased = enough funds raised for 1 book to be published via Room to Read‘s Local Languge Publishing Program.

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.

To 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 Room to Readto 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.

For more information please visit their website.