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Lamma Fun Day 2017 – Volunteers needed

22 Sep

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This exciting family fun day with great live music on the Tai Wan To Beach will take place between 11 am & 10 pm on Saturday 4th November 2017.

Please contact CWS by email at info@cwshk.org if you are interested in any of the following:
· Join the event committee
· Volunteer on the day
· Rent a stall
· Sponsor the event – in cash or in-kind
· Feature the event
· Register a Volleyball Team

Lamma Fun Day was established by Andrew Doig to raise money for Child Welfare Scheme (CWS). It is a free outdoor music festival and is the longest running music event in Hong Kong. The event is great fun for music lovers and families, with food and market stalls, a licensed bar, arts & crafts and kids’ activities, as well as live music on the beach from 12 noon through to 10pm.

The organizing committee, Bands and musicians all donate their time for free, so the majority of money raised on the day is through sales at the licensed bar, which offers reasonably priced draft beer, house wines and soft drinks. There are also food stalls, donations and a charity auction that runs through the afternoon.

All proceeds go to CWS to support programmes to improve the Government education system in Nepal. The goal is to improve teaching quality, educational resources and infrastructure such as libraries, toilets, clean water, safe classrooms, computers etc. By making school safer, more fun and interesting children will stay in school longer, therefore protected from trafficking and exploitation.

CWS is grateful to the Lamma community, the musicians and volunteers who give up their time and the many sponsors who together make it such a wonderful community event. Their continued support is extremely valuable, especially when the global community has moved its focus on other deserving causes that are also in great need of assistance.

Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017

Time: 11am – 11pm

Place: Lamma Power Station Beach

About Child Welfare Scheme (CWS): 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.

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CWS City Challenge 2017

22 Jan

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THE Charity event that promises to put your knowledge, communication and navigations skills, creativity, stamina and team spirit to the test! Explore hidden gems of Kowloon, complete various challenges to earn points. Team with the highest points will win exciting prizes!!

Come join the fun while supporting CWS‘ effort to improve the Government education system in Nepal. 20% of net proceeds will go towards Gurkha Cemeteries Trust offering Online High School Diploma Scholarships to Nepalese youth in Hong Kong

*Teams consist of a Min of 2 people and Max of 5 people

Race format: Over 40 teams and a total of 200 people are expected to join the event which is made up of over 30 checkpoints each with their own unique challenge. The checkpoints are evenly split into 3 challenge categories:

•A marshal challenge (physical & creative)

•A photo challenge (visual & creative)

•An information challenge (general knowledge)

*Teams earn points at check points and the team with the most points wins.

There are some exciting prizes for the top teams in each category, the best dressed team, the top fundraising team and a few other surprise prizes too!

For more information, please visit their website.

Date: Saturday, 11 March 2017

Time: 2-5pm

Place: Kowloon

Registration Fees:
Early Bird: HK$200 per person (21st December- 31st January 2017)
Regular Entry: HK$250 per person (1st February – 28th February 2017)
Late Entry: HK$300 per person (1st March – 7th March 2017)

To register please follow this link.

About Child Welfare Scheme (CWS): 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.

Christmas Bazaars 2016

3 Oct

One way of getting your Christmas shopping done and support charities in Hong Kong is by visiting the numerous Christmas Bazaars. Here are a few to get you started:

HELENA MAY CHARITY BAZAAR
This is an annual event at Helena May where the public is welcome and can visit more than 50 stalls selling handmade crafts, jewellery, accessories, books etc.

Date: Thursday, 13 October 2016

Time: Please call the Helena May for details.

Place: The Helena May, 35 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

MICHAELMAS FAIR 2016
michaelmas-fair_poster-2016_revA Hong Kong institution run each year by St John’s Cathedral, this fair offers games, marching bands, old books, household items, clothing stalls, book stalls, food and drink and much more. Fun for the entire family!

Date: Saturday, October 29 2016

Time: 10am to 4pm

Place: St. John’s Cathedral, Li Hall, 4-8 Garden Road, Central

SEDAN CHAIR RACE & BAZAAR
20121029-CNW-09_Superstar-Sedan-Chair-Race-for-CharityThe annual Sedan Chair Race is the main fundraising event of the Sedan Chair Charities Fund. The fund raised goes to support charitable organisations that are lesser known and have very limited resources to do fundraising themselves – none go to the Matilda International Hospital where the event is held each year. Watch as teams wearing all sorts of colourful costumes race by. There are also games and food stalls.

Date: Sunday, October 30 2016

Time: 10am to 1:30pm

Place: Matilda International Hospital, The Peak

SANDY BAY CHARITY FAIR at DKCH
Since 1981, the annual Sandy Bay Fair has been held on the first Saturday in November, from 10:00 am to 5:00pm. Held at the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay at Pokfulam, the Fair is legendary. Loads of bargains, lots of fun, laughter and delicious food as well as their famous limited edition Christmas cards. All net proceeds are used to support the Hospital to improve medical facilities.

If you can’t make it to the fair, you can order their Christmas cards by mail. To download this year’s catalogue, please click on this link.

Date: Saturday, 5 November 2016

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital at Sandy Bay, 12 Sandy Bay Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

JWA ANNUAL CHARITY BAZAAR
The Jewish Women’s Association of Hong Kong (JWA) invites you and the whole family to their annual bazaar! It is slated to be bigger and better than before! Happy holidays and happy shopping! All proceeds will go to charity.

Date: Sunday, November 6 2016

Time: Please call the Jewish Women’s Association for more information.

Place: Island School, 20 Borrett Road, Mid-levels

LAMMA FUN DAY
cwsLamma Fun Day Beach Music Festival is one-day charity event with something for everyone live music on stage on the beach, DJs, market stalls, a licensed bar, arts and crafts, tasty food, free water, a charity auction, bric-a-brac stalls, plus sports and activities for kids during the day. Entrance is free – the event is run by volunteers and CWS Hong Kong, with the generous support of Lamma and Hong Kong businesses. Now in its 16th edition, this year’s event will raise money for education projects in Nepal.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Time: 11am till late

Place: Yung Shue Wan, Tai Wan To, Lamma Island

CWS Lamma Fun Day 2016 – Volunteers Needed

13 Aug

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Lamma Fun Day was established by Andrew Doig to raise money for Child Welfare Scheme (CWS). It is a free outdoor music festival and in its 16th year, is the longest running music event in Hong Kong. The event is great fun for music lovers and families, with food and market stalls, a licensed bar, arts & crafts and kids’ activities, as well as live music on the beach from 12 noon through to 10pm.

The organizing committee, Bands and musicians all donate their time for free, so the majority of money raised on the day is through sales at the licensed bar, which offers reasonably priced draft beer, house wines and soft drinks. There are also food stalls, donations and a charity auction that runs through the afternoon.


All proceeds go to CWS to support programmes to improve the Government education system in Nepal. The goal is to improve teaching quality, educational resources and infrastructure such as libraries, toilets, clean water, safe classrooms, computers etc. By making school safer, more fun and interesting children will stay in school longer, therefore protected from trafficking and exploitation.

To make this event a success CWS needs volunteers to help run the various stalls: from selling second hand items, to bar tending (18 and above only), to food stalls, help with the stage, the auction and much more. To sign up and to find up more about the event, please visit their website.

Date: Saturday, 12 November 2016

Time: 11 am – 10 pm

Place: Tai Wan To Beach, Lamma Island

About Child Welfare Scheme (CWS): 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.

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.

Cause Corps

18 Jun

In the busy modern world, finding time to commit to volunteer world is a challenge. Here’s a way to commit short periods of time and still do good.

Cause+Corps+How+We+WorkMeet Cause Corps. Cause Corps is for people who want to meet passionate volunteers, engage in fun activities whilst doing good via direct action. The micro-volunteering events Cause Corps runs include: environment, children, disaster response (such as Nepal), animals, the disadvantaged amongst our community, and more.

Cause Corps (pronounced Cause-CORR) partners with organisations such as PostPals UK, that sends postcards to sick children in hospitals; SOS Villages Da Nang, a Vietnamese orphanage in need of toys and clothes; and Journey Nepal, supporting babies, women and disaster recovery in Nepal.

Volunteering Opportunities
cause corps beaniesYou can contribute from home, or meet Cause Corps in cafes and public places to write, knit, plant, learn and teach together for a difference cause. In Hong Kong, Cause Corps’ activities are conducted via their Meetup page. Examples of volunteer initiatives organized in Hong Kong include:
Postcard writing sessions – creating colourful postcards for terminally ill children.
Letter writing gathering – creating letters of hope and inspiration for adults facing challenges worldwide
Painting for OAPs – creating artwork to send to local senior homes
Knitting beanies for babies in Nepal
For more information, please visit their Meetup page.

* Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian).

Join Cause Corps to take direct action on causes you care about. Meet passionate volunteers like yourself. Join Cause Corps to measure your impact; rate the volunteering organisations partnered with Cause Corps; and make volunteering a way of life.

In addition, Cause Corps is seeking committed Chapter Leads interesting in running micro-volunteering events in and around HK. Kirsty (Director, EU) from Sydney Cause Corps HQ will be here to tell you more about Cause Corps and what you can do to become a member of the Cause Corps family! This is a perfect opportunity for you to join the growing Cause Corps family, learn to run events at a time that suits you, and receive all the support and resources from Cause Corps!

Cause Corps will be running two information sessions Sunday 26th July and Sunday 3rd July.

Date: Sunday, 26 June

Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm

Place: Les Artistes Café, 1/F Man Hoi Building, No. 98-100 Electric Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Registration for this event is via their Meetup page.

If you can’t make this information session, there is another one scheduled for 3 July.

cause corps logoAbout Cause Corps : Cause Corps is a not-for-profit grassroots organisation aiming to make doing good a daily habit. In today’s time poor society, they hope to inspire a cultural change, where the world understands how simple volunteering can be when you micro-volunteer. Founded in Australia, Cause Corps run short in time, free micro-volunteering events around the world that allow volunteers to see a direct impact by working with local and international partner organisations.

Vision
Make doing good a daily habit

Who is Cause Corps
Cause Corps is a not-for-profit, community driven startup. They marry tech and creative, community and digital, years of volunteering experience with youthful enthusiasm to make doing good a daily habit for everyone. Cause Corps believes in:
– In the power of passionate people volunteering for causes they care about
– In the power of technology to connect and enable positive
– In the purpose of great volunteer organisations to make a better world

Mission
Encourage the world to do a million acts of micro volunteering by:
Making volunteering as easy as possible
Providing proof of real impact
Rewarding volunteers in a meaningful way

For more information please visit their website
And their Meetup

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.