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Oxfam HK Face Mask Donation Drive


Since there remains a shortage in face masks and the price of these is still quite steep, Oxfam HK will continue to collect face masks and distribute them to people in urgent need. Your donations can help vulnerable groups protect themselves against COVID-19!

Organisations OHK is distributing relief to:
* 1 Step Association
* Alliance for Children Development Rights
* Alliance for Social Protection of Low-income Families
* Catering and Hotel Industries Employees General Union
* Catholic Diocese of HK Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers – Hong Kong Island
* Catholic Diocese of HK Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers – Kowloon
* Catholic Diocese of HK Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers – New Territories
* Celebrity Charity Fund Association Ltd.
* Cleaning Worker Union
* Concern for Grassroots’ Livelihood Alliance
* Concerning CSSA and Low Income Alliance
* Concerning Grassroots’ Housing Rights Alliance
* Concerning Home Care Service Alliance
* Food Angel
* H.K.S.K.H. Tseung Kwan O Aged Care Complex
* HK Islamic Youth Association
* Hong Chi Association
* Hong Kong Blind Union
* Hong Kong Islamic Culture and Welfare Society
* Hong Kong Women Workers’ Association
* Islamic Union of HK
* Jubilee Ministries
* Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre
* Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service
* Mission Bridge
* Muslim Council of Hong Kong
* People Service Centre
* Society for Community Organization
* Street Sleepers Action Committee
* Tin Shui Wai Community Development Alliance
* Tung Chung Community Development Alliance
* United Muslim Association of HK
* United Welfare Union

Type of Masks needed: Adult and child size, three-layer filter face masks that come in boxes, bags or are individually packaged

Collection points and time:
Oxfam Hong Kong office: 17/F China United Centre, 28 Marble Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Oxfam Shop: LG 8, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
Monday to Friday, 10:30 am – 6:30 pm / Saturday, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

For enquiries: 3120 5000

About Oxfam HK: Oxfam Hong Kong (OHK) dates back to 1976 when volunteers joined hands to open a shop for second-hand goods in Hong Kong and raise funds for anti-poverty projects around the world. Some of their first initiatives in the 1970s and 80s were to advocate for justice for Vietnamese refugees who fled to Hong Kong during the Vietnam War, and to help save lives in Ethiopia during the 1984 famine.

OHK implemented the first Mainland China programme in Guangdong province in 1987. The Oxfam China Development Fund was subsequently established in 1992. Since then, OHK has been dedicated to fighting poverty and responding to emergencies in the Mainland.

OHK believes in an integrated approach to eradicate poverty. As such, OHK advocates for policy changes to address the root causes of poverty while proactively supporting disaster relief and humanitarian crises. OHK also implements development and education programmes in impoverished areas. Oxfam Hong Kong has partnered with millions of underprivileged people to alleviate poverty in more than 70 countries/states around the world. OHK has100,000 regular donors from the general public. Their donations are the major source of income that sustains OHK’s ability to achieve the ultimate goal of a poverty-free world.

In recent years, OHK’s work has focused on local poverty, advocating for pro-poor policies in Hong Kong. As a result of their efforts, the Hong Kong SAR government established the Commission on Poverty in 2012, and subsequently announced an official poverty line in Hong Kong. Oxfam has also been a strong advocate of a minimum wage law, which was first established in Hong Kong in 2011 after decades of efforts.

The Oxfam Trailwalker, a 100km hiking marathon founded in Hong Kong in the 1980s, continues to be one of their most notable partnership fundraising events. The success of this fundraising event has not only raised awareness of poverty and injustice, but has also attracted ten additional countries to organise their own Oxfam Trailwalker events.

Help deliver Care Boxes (groceries and masks) to minority families (28 Apr – 3 May)

According to the 2016 poverty report among ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, the poverty rate among children of South Asian, mainly Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani, Filipino, etc., (29.1%) is significantly higher than that of all children in Hong Kong (12.1%). Most of them are born in Hong Kong.

Over the past 2 weeks, The Zubin Foundation has received over 400 calls from people seeking work. There are many families that have lost their only source of income because of their jobs in construction, at the airport and in F&B. Many of these families have little or no savings and children and adults are going hungry.

The Zubin Foundation has received generous donations from the public to provide Care Boxes to the ethnic minority families (EM families) in need. They are now looking for teams of 3 volunteers to help deliver these Care Boxes.

Volunteer yourself if you can help drive your car/van between Tuesday 28 April – Sunday 3 May for delivery. Mobilise your friends and family members to join you as accompanying volunteers to help deliver to the families in need. (Don’t worry if you can’t find accompanying volunteers, The Zubin Foundation can help!)

Date: Tuesday 28 April – Sunday 3 May

To register, please follow this link

For more information, please call The Zubin Foundation at 2540-9588

About The Zubin Foundation: The Zubin Foundation is a think tank and charity that works to improve the lives of Hong Kong’s marginalised ethnic minorities by providing opportunities and reducing suffering

Christian Action 3-Legged Charity Walk


The 3-Legged Charity Walk provides participants with a unique opportunity to overcome obstacles, work together with others and learn about various challenges faced by disabled children, like the children cared for by Christian Action in Qinghai Province, China.

The goal of this walk is to raise funds for children from low-income families in HK as well as orphans and disabled children in Qinghai

Key activities will include Football training run by ChelseaFC Soccer School Hong Kong, Qinghai Children’s School Day Experiential Workshop, 3-Legged FunRacing Competition and a family-oriented carnival for you and your children. Sponsorship Teams can also take part in the FootGolf plus Putting Game Charity Race.

This will be a wonderful and meaningful weekend event that you don’t want to miss.


Date: Saturday, 23 March 2019

Time: Opening Ceremony 9:15am

Place: The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club

Online Enrolment: For more information and to enrol please follow this link.

Enquiries:
Tel +852 2716 8862
Fax +852 2383 7688
Email charitywalk@christian-action.org.hk

About Christian Action: Christian Action was established in 1985 as a registered charitable organization in Hong Kong. Their mission is to serve those who are poor, disadvantaged, marginalized, displaced or abandoned regardless of their age, gender, nationality and religion.

Their aim is to give them hope, dignity and self-reliance. Their services are based on the example of Jesus Christ who came to serve all people, regardless of their age, gender, nationality and religion, which includes:

Humanitarian programs in Hong Kong for refugees, foreign domestic helpers, ethnic minorities, children and youth from low-income families in Hong Kong and cross-border families and immigrants from Mainland China.

Training programs for the underprivileged and unemployed and professional training services for corporate clients needing specialized training for their workforce.

Humanitarian programs in Qinghai Province on the Tibetan Plateau. This includes co-managing five children’s homes; the province’s first and only Children’s Rehabilitation Centre for disabled children; the construction of winter homes, rural clinics and schools for impoverished Tibetans, and the provision of school scholarships for the rural poor.

Resolve

Empowering future community leaders for an inclusive Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant and prosperous cities in Asia. Yet if has one of the highest inequality levels in the developed world. Many vulnerable groups persist in poverty and social exclusion generation after generation. Social exclusion is not just about material deprivation, but also about marginalization, discrimination or a lack of agency and voice in society.

Resolve invests in emerging leaders, particularly from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities, so they become social catalysts to bring about positive change to their communities.

Mission: Resolve empowers future community leaders for an inclusive Hong Kong

Vision: Resolve believes in a Hong Kong where every voice has a say in its future

Values: Rights, Equality, Solidarity, Organization, Leadership, Voice and Empowerment

What you can do to help: Resolve is looking for seasoned and committed volunteers and interns passionate about effecting social change to support them in areas like
* fundraising and development
* project management
* communications
If you are interested, please follow this link

For more information, please email hello@resolvehk.org

Social Career a platform for getting involved

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!

Volunteer for the Hans Anderson Club

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.

Volunteer with PathFinders and help vulnerable children born in Hong Kong

Every child born in Hong Kong deserves a fair start in life. PathFinders ensures that the most vulnerable children born in Hong Kong, and their migrant mothers, are respected and protected.

pathfindersFor PathFinders, the journey began in 2007 when co-founders Kylie Uebergang and Melissa Mowbray-d’Arbela rescued four babies born to migrant women in Hong Kong. Realising a gap in Hong Kong society where women and babies go undocumented and unprotected, PathFinders was founded on the belief that no child should be born alone and deprived of medical support, shelter and identity. Since 2008, PathFinders has served more than 4,000 babies, children and women. A respected charity committed to supporting the welfare of children by providing child protection, mothers’ protection, counselling, shelter, food, access to health, access to education and access to legal support, demand for their services grow from year to year. These numbers are likely to continue growing as more migrant workers enter Hong Kong each year.

One life at a time, PathFinders help mothers make informed decisions about their life. PathFinders are successfully removing their children from risk and are ensuring these children are part of safe and nurturing homes. Here are a few examples showing how PathFinders influences local policies and practices:
– Migrant women who have overstayed their visas as a result of becoming pregnant and losing their employment are no longer turned away from NGOs and government departments because of incomplete documentation.
– Migrant children can now be adopted in Hong Kong through Hong Kong’s Social Welfare Department.
– Migrant children adopted in Hong Kong now have the right of Unconditional Stay, which entitles them to legitimately claim their place in Hong Kong and call it their home.
– The time required for an undocumented migrant child to obtain a Hong Kong birth certificate has been reduced by 75%.
– Hong Kong birth certificates are now certified by the Indonesian Consulate, ensuring that children born to Indonesian mothers in Hong Kong are recognized by the Indonesian government and have access to basic services and education in Indonesia.

pathfinders-logoJoin PathFinders in making a difference. PathFinders is looking for volunteers who are motivated and passionate about helping children and their migrant mothers and here are ways in which you can help.

Playtime with Toddlers
pathfinders-2By assisting PathFinders to run the workshop smoothly, you will help to create a calm learning environment that enables their beneficiaries to get the most out of the class. Your contribution will help their migrant mothers to gain the skills and knowledge that they need to take charge of their lives.

Supplies Distribution
PathFinders have Clothes Collection Day once a month for their beneficiaries to collect some much needed items. PathFinders needs volunteers to help with sorting and distributing supplies and with babysitting. Please help them look after children who are 3 years old and under.

Sunday Outreach Programme
PathFinders is striving to raise public awareness on maternity rights for domestic workers by distributing information packs at different parks on Sundays. Please come and join them.

Education Programme – Life skills educators
PathFinders is looking for individuals who are knowledgeable in topics relevant to their beneficiaries’ daily lives to facilitate their weekly group meetings. They are also open to new topic suggestions! Topics covered include:
– Personal empowerment
– Parenting
– Women’s health
– Legal rights
– Relationships & culture

Access to Healthcare Programme
pathfinders-1Many of PathFinders’ beneficiaries, particularly newborns and mothers in the last stages of pregnancy, are in critical need of medical care but are unable to afford treatment. PathFinders is looking for medical professionals who can provide pro bono, basic medical services for expectant mothers and children. They are especially seeking registered professionals operating in Kowloon.

Meet and Greet with PathFinders Limited
If you would like to learn more about PathFinders’ services, please come and join their volunteers workshop. For more information, please visit their website or register to volunteer by following this link.