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Volunteer for Health in Action

3 Aug

Asylum seekers and refugees (ASRs) have limited rights in Hong Kong and they are a group of marginalized and ignored population. Due to the backlog of the screening process, it is not unusual for an ASR to stay in Hong Kong for years, some of them have stayed in Hong Kong for over ten years. They are prohibited to engage in any form of businesses or jobs, except in rare exceptions. During the lengthy screening process and long waiting time, ASRs can only live under limited government and NGO subsidies. Despite their long stay, they are often detached from the society and there is little public awareness of their presence in the city.

Health in Action is a humanitarian organization established in 2011 in Hong Kong, with a focus in promoting community health and wellbeing through the empowerment of underprivileged populations in Hong Kong and in Southeast Asia. Their work is rooted in the core belief that every human being has the right to health. They offer support to people based on health needs, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Health In Action is a registered charity in Hong Kong and is a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

Health In Action advocates health equity for the underprivileged, including ASRs in Hong Kong. The right to health implies that the government should provide accessible and acceptable basic healthcare to all living in the city. This also includes other health-related services such as nutritious food and safe housing etc. The right to health enshrined in international human rights treaties, such as International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, is applicable to Hong Kong. ASRs can attend basic medical services at public hospitals with their fees waived. However, experience from ASRs show that there are multiple factors hindering their health care access, including cultural differences, language barrier, lack of awareness of health needs and financial constraints. All these impose negative effects on the physical and mental health of ASRs.

What you can do to help:
Volunteers are Health in Action’s core valuable assets. Their committed team of multi-disciplinary volunteers is continuously expanding, with professionals including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, lawyers and more. University students are also a crucial part of their taskforce. Health in Action welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds and experiences to join them in working towards health equity.

If you are interested in joining Health in Action as a volunteer, please do not hesitate to let them know by emailing hia@hia.org.hk.

Community xChange: World Refugee Day Fundraiser

12 Jun

To commemorate World Refugee Day (June 20), Table of Two Cities is bringing artists from the refugee and local community to showcase their talents and cultures with live music, DJ, and homemade munchies prepared by wonderful refugee chefs from Togo, Uganda, the Philippines and Indonesia!

Your ticket includes:
– 1 non-alcoholic drink
– a sample of 2 dishes
– sponsorship of food & drinks and transportation for our refugee friends and their families

*The venue doesn’t have an alcohol license, so please BYOB

All proceeds after costs will go to Refugee Union (Sister organization: Vision First).
Of course, donations are welcome!!

Date: Thursday, 22 June 2017

Time: 7:30pm-12am (Performance starts at 8pm)

Place: XXX, 89-91 Larch St, Tai Kok Tsui (3rd floor)

Price:
Online: $200
At the door before 8:30pm: $220
After 8:30pm: $240
Kids & Refugees: FREE
To buy your tickets please follow this link

About Refugee Union:
VISION
To be the union of protection claimants in Hong Kong with the aim of safeguarding refugee rights and improving the protection, wellbeing and future prospect of all refugees.

MISSION
To empower members to selflessly assist each other and actively participate in all matters relating to the life of refugees and the development of the asylum sphere in Hong Kong according to the highest standards of human rights.

Imagine That!

7 Jun

imagine thatImagine That! is a non-profit community arts festival that will take place in Hong Kong from 17-19th June in the lead up to World Refugee Day (20th June).

Show solidarity for the refugees in Hong Kong and abroad through the reclaiming of our public space and connecting the community through arts.

Arts has been the centre of the Refugee Art Movement’s workshops with refugees and asylum seekers. It has been a vehicle for frienship across barriers and now the Refugee Art Movement wants the same to happen beyond their workshops; in our city!

about a brideThere’s film, a poetry slam, art workshops, brunch, speed debating, much to do and learn from!

sense thatDate: 17 – 19 June 2016

Location: Various venues

To find out more, please visit their website

About The Refugee Art Movement: The Refugee Art Movement is a student led initiative that provides arts orientated workshops for refugees, asylum seekers and the wider community in Hong Kong. Started in Hong Kong by a group of students and staff at the University of Hong Kong in August 2015, they wanted to connect people from different socio-economic backgrounds and cultures to build long lasting friendships in Hong Kong.

The Refugee Art Movement uses art, drama, film, photography, music and more to encourage cultural exchange in this diverse city, mutual education and friendship.

In addition, the project aims to educate people about the realities faced by refugees and asylum seekers within Hong Kong and around the world.

The Refugee Art Movement knows from experience that there are so many people with a passion for arts, education and humanitarian issues and so they work to bring them together to use their skills for the benefit of our society. For more information about their work, please visit their Facebook page.

Justice Centre Hong Kong

24 May

justice centreJustice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit human rights organisation working fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants: refugees, other people seeking protection, survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.

Launched in 2014, Justice Centre Hong Kong was formerly Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, which over seven years, helped more than 2,000 refugee men, women and children on the road to a new life.

Building on their expertise in refugee issues, they identified a clear need for an increased response to tackling forced labour and human trafficking in Hong Kong, and expanded their remit to fill this gap.

Justice Centre Hong Kong advocates with and for forced migrants, bringing their voices into the public debate. They campaign for legislative and policy change, conduct research and work with the media and civil society to fight root causes and change systems and minds.

Justice Centre Hong KongAt their centre in Sai Ying Pun, people seeking protection in Hong Kong receive free and independent legal information and specialised legal and psychosocial assistance.

Justice Centre Hong Kong receives no government funding. Instead, they have spearheaded an innovative pro-bono working model that sees leading international law firms provide financial assistance and donate hours to help with legal research and support. They also harness funding from a variety of trusts and foundations and through individual donations.

How you can help:

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer with Justice Centre Hong Kong from protection claimant services and research to fundraising and events, design & communications. Justice Centre Hong Kong recruits committed and passionate individuals according to their current needs. Most volunteer opportunities require a long-term commitment (usually six months) and the right to work in Hong Kong. Justice Centre Hong Kong advertise volunteer opportunities on their website and in their quarterly e-newsletter; sign up for updates here.

Development Associate
This is an exciting volunteer opportunity to join their Fundraising and Development team in raising vital funds for our direct services and advocacy work to protect the rights of refugees, other people seeking protection, survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.

This is an ideal role for someone seeking a part-time opportunity to use their skills in PR/marketing/fundraising/business development, and will suit some-one who is passionate about leveraging their knowledge and connections to create long-lasting partnerships to secure funding and support for the work of Justice Centre Hong Kong. For more details of the scope of the role, please click here.

The role requires a commitment of 3 days per week for six months. To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to jobs@justicecentre.org.hk by 5pm on Friday June 10. Applicants invited for interview will be contacted by Tuesday June 14. Unfortunately, due to the high level of interest in their organisation, Justice Centre Hong Kong is only able to reply to shortlisted applicants.

Click here to find out about their other vacancies.

Young Advocates Programme
The Young Advocates Programme (YAP) is a unique programme for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a human rights setting, with coaching by Justice Centre Hong Kong staff and an opportunity to develop the skills and experience they need as they start the process of applying for university courses.

Building on their extensive experience leading practical clinic programmes to mentor university students, YAP was launched four years ago to extend this valuable mentorship to a select group of high school students in order to build up the future generation of human rights advocates.

Through the intensive programme, Young Advocates get involved in all areas of Justice Centre Hong Kong’s work, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Places are limited to two places per programme in order to enable them to offer a tailored programme to each Young Advocate and for their staff to dedicate time to mentoring and coaching them.

Who can apply?
YAP is open to select students who have Hong Kong residency and are aged between 15 – 18 years old. Young Advocates should have a keen interest in human rights law, NGO management and refugee rights. The programme is aimed at students interested in a career in law, human rights, government, social policy, or NGO management generally.

How do I apply?
Applications for YAP are now closed for the summer 2016 programme. Details of the Summer 2017 will be available in December 2016. Please contact Zamira Monteiro at zamira@justicecentre.org.hk for enquiries.

The Cathedral Clares Designer Label Sale IS BACK!

26 Apr

Designer Sale of Spring & Summer Clothing for Men & Women including Shoes & Handbags – need one say more?

All proceeds benefit LOCAL charities

Date: Saturday, 21 May 2016

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Li Hall, St John’s Cathedral

About The Cathedral Clares: The Clares are a diverse and multinational group, faith and non-faith, Cathedral and non-Cathedral members who enjoy occasional lunches and trips around Hong Kong.

Join The Clares and make new friends and even snap up a bargain during sorting and pricing of donated goods for sale in their Charity Shop, CASTAWAYS !

Join The Clares for sorting any WEDNESDAY from 09:30am and for coffee and conversation at 10:30am in The Li Hall of St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong. Or
Contact: Stella on stellarcarter@gmail.com
Or: Ruth on ruhuphillipson@yahoo.com

Castaways is located within the Cathedral grounds. It sells clothing, including shoes and handbags, and also books and household linen donated by Cathedral members and the public. Items in good, clean, SALEABLE condition are welcomed.

Apart from the part time Manager the shop is staffed by volunteers from Clares Women’s Network and all profits go to locally based charities. Castaways is proud of its service to the community. It is thrice blessed. It blesses the generous giver, the grateful buyer and the needy charity. (The volunteers also enjoy themselves)

Opening hours are:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12.00 noon – 2.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am – 12.00nn.
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Donation days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Unwanted Gifts? Donate

21 Dec

Not another sweater, scarf, tie, vase, kitchen gadget, bottle opener, CD – we’ve all been there before. What do you do after the Christmas festivities and the pile of unwanted gifts sitting in the 958973-unwanted-giftscorner? There are so many great charities and non-profit organisations in Hong Kong that would love to take these unwanted gifts off your hands. Here are a few suggestions:

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Donated goods are sorted, distributed and sold in Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The net proceeds will go to The Salvation Army for use across its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and CSSA recipients.
The Salvation Army accepts
– Clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, either brand new or used in clean condition
– Electrical home appliances in working order
– Electrical office equipment (e.g. computer, fax machine, printer, etc.) in working order
– Toys, stationery, books, gifts and premiums
– Software / DVD / VCD / CD with copyright
They do not accept
– Furniture, used bed mattresses or bedding
– Medicine
– Food
– Worn-out or broken items
– Used kitchenware
– Used underwear or towels
Donations can be dropped off at one of their many Family Stores, a list of which is provided on their website.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. They have over 200 collection points – check out their website and find the one closest to you.
If the amount of used clothes exceeds a certain number (e.g. 5 large bags of clothing or more), Friends of the Earth would arrange door-to-door collection service. Please notify them 1-2 weeks before in advance. Please call 2528-5588 for further details.

Po Leung Kuk
One of the oldest charitable institutions in Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk was founded in 1878 to rescue women and children from human trafficking. In it’s long history, Po Leung Kuk is best known as an orphanage, today it offers a wide range of social services in Hong Kong including adoption, integrated family services, elderly services, medical and integrated health services, education and much more. Po Leung Kuk welcomes donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families! All kinds of items are welcome – electrical appliances, computers, stationeries, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc. For any enquiries, please email plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or contact their Corporate Communications Department on 2277 8352 (Corporate Donation) / Social Services Department on 2277 8158 (Individual Donation).

So get rid of the unwanted clutter, donate, help our community and save our environment through recycling.

Michaelmas Fair 2015

18 Oct

michaelmas fair poster 2aSt. John’s Cathedral has held its annual Fun Fair for local charities every year since 1946. Set up in the grounds of the Cathedral under brightly coloured awnings, the fair offers marching bands, games, book and clothing stalls, food and much more. Great place to stock up on Christmas cards. Don’t forget the raffle with sumptuous prizes.

Proceeds benefit various charities supported by St. John’s.

Date: Saturday, 31 October 2015

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: St. John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Central