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Newly Approved Projects (July 2018 - December 2018)

 

 

AFS Hong Kong Intercultural Exchanges

"AFS Fu Tak Iam scholarships for one-year exchange programme"

 

The project  enables additional Hong Kong youth from underprivileged backgrounds to participate in the AFS one-year exchange programme for free. Each youngster during the year abroad inevitably faces challenges, failures, and successes, all of which catalyze development in technical (e.g. fluency in a new language and in-depth knowledge of aoverseas culture) and soft (e.g. traits mentioned above) lifelong skills.

 

AFS students ("AFSers") are between the ages of 15-18 and are selected based on their curiosity, adaptability, and respect for others. They are provided an opportunity to select an overseas country, where they will live with a local host family and attend a local AFS partner school for a 10-month (e.g. one full academic year) immersive experience. Before, during, and after this exchange abroad, AFSers and their parents are equipped with intercultural learning orientations, to facilitate their adjustments and reflections in this challenging but life-changing year.

 


 

Build & Wish Voluntary Team

"2nd Hand Furniture Re-cycling Scheme"

 

This project is operated by hundreds of volunteers, who work closely with frontline workers from more than 100 social welfare organizations, to re-cycle 2nd hand furniture and send them to families in need.

 

The poverty situation in Hong Kong is alarming. Some families even struggle to pay for a new bed. On the other hand, tons of city wastes are being sent to the landfills every day, including many intact and even unused home appliances. With the extensive social network in the project, the team effectively matches the donated appliances with families in need. Matched items are delivered to the recipients’ home directly for free. This strategy does not only save storage and management cost, but also improves the efficiency of operation.

 

In the past two years, the organization operated solely by volunteers has successfully delivered more than 3,000 pieces of furniture to underprivileged families. All recipient families are also followed up by volunteers at the Elderly Day Service Centre to ensure the quality of service. In the coming two years, Fu Tak Iam Foundation will provide support to cover the delivery cost of the project in order to benefit more disadvantaged groups.

 


 

Child’s Dream Foundation

"Karen Refugee Committee Education Entity (KRCEE)"

(Mae Pa, Mae Sot, Tak Province, Thailand)

 

Child’s Dream Foundation supports KRCEE, a community based organisation operating in Karen refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border, focusing on refugee camp education. They support nine schools there and five in Myanmar at the post-high school level.

 

Higher education is, at best, extremely difficult to access in Eastern Myanmar as it is largely non-existent; furthermore, refugees do not have access to this level of education within Thailand, thus leaving KRCEE to fill the gap by supporting higher education in the refugee camps.

 

We are financing the regular operating costs of this programme for the schools, such as salaries, kitchen and food costs, health and hygiene, as well as school supplies. Following the political climate change of Myanmar, refugee camps are phasing out and refugees are transitioning to Myanmar. So going forward the Organisation plans to establish and support 5 higher-education schools in Myanmar (2018-2020); and to support the final year (2018-2019) for 9 schools in the refugee camps in Thailand, at the same time facilitating the transition of these refugee camp schools into Myanmar.

 


 

The Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge

"Project Refuge"

 

The project provides assistance for female foreign domestic workers in distress and whose contract is terminated. They are not allowed to work in Hong Kong while their cases are unresolved and cannot stay for more than 14 days. These cases range from contract-related concerns such as wages and other entitlements, to cases of assault and sexual abuse. It ensures shelter, sustenance and basic hygiene needs are met; and render legal assistance and activities to help them relieve stress, to know their rights and learn new skills.

 

The two-pronged approach – the Legal Case support and Assistance and Comprehensive Wellbeing provision-- answers the comprehensive needs of the women migrants in distress and lay the ground for the optimum condition for them to access the justice and redress system in HK.

 


 

Society for Community Organization Limited

"SHARE – Community Share Houses operated by SoCO"

 

Hong Kong is renowned for its very high living cost. The waiting time for public housing is as long as 5.5 years. Meanwhile, it is common that the grassroots need to pay 40% of their income on rent, but only sufficient to afford a partitioned flat that is below 100 square feet. Not only do they live in a harsh environment, but they also have to pay higher rate for water and electricity. From time to time, they face forced evictions and rent increases. They are in a vicious cycle and have no way out.

 

The SHARE scheme transforms vacant private units into transitional housing suitable for living, providing low-cost, short-term residences to grassroots families who are waiting for public housing, lacking suitable accommodation and facing heavy economic pressure.

 

In addition to housing support, the project also provides case counselling and family support services to these families to help them understand their rights and empower them to advocate for better housing policy.

 


 

 

AFS Hong Kong Intercultural Exchanges

"AFS Fu Tak Iam scholarships for one-year exchange programme"

 

The project  enables additional Hong Kong youth from underprivileged backgrounds to participate in the AFS one-year exchange programme for free. Each youngster during the year abroad inevitably faces challenges, failures, and successes, all of which catalyze development in technical (e.g. fluency in a new language and in-depth knowledge of aoverseas culture) and soft (e.g. traits mentioned above) lifelong skills.

 

AFS students ("AFSers") are between the ages of 15-18 and are selected based on their curiosity, adaptability, and respect for others. They are provided an opportunity to select an overseas country, where they will live with a local host family and attend a local AFS partner school for a 10-month (e.g. one full academic year) immersive experience. Before, during, and after this exchange abroad, AFSers and their parents are equipped with intercultural learning orientations, to facilitate their adjustments and reflections in this challenging but life-changing year.

 


 

Build & Wish Voluntary Team

"2nd Hand Furniture Re-cycling Scheme"

 

This project is operated by hundreds of volunteers, who work closely with frontline workers from more than 100 social welfare organizations, to re-cycle 2nd hand furniture and send them to families in need.

 

The poverty situation in Hong Kong is alarming. Some families even struggle to pay for a new bed. On the other hand, tons of city wastes are being sent to the landfills every day, including many intact and even unused home appliances. With the extensive social network in the project, the team effectively matches the donated appliances with families in need. Matched items are delivered to the recipients’ home directly for free. This strategy does not only save storage and management cost, but also improves the efficiency of operation.

 

In the past two years, the organization operated solely by volunteers has successfully delivered more than 3,000 pieces of furniture to underprivileged families. All recipient families are also followed up by volunteers at the Elderly Day Service Centre to ensure the quality of service. In the coming two years, Fu Tak Iam Foundation will provide support to cover the delivery cost of the project in order to benefit more disadvantaged groups.

 


 

Child’s Dream Foundation

"Karen Refugee Committee Education Entity (KRCEE)"

(Mae Pa, Mae Sot, Tak Province, Thailand)

 

Child’s Dream Foundation supports KRCEE, a community based organisation operating in Karen refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border, focusing on refugee camp education. They support nine schools there and five in Myanmar at the post-high school level.

 

Higher education is, at best, extremely difficult to access in Eastern Myanmar as it is largely non-existent; furthermore, refugees do not have access to this level of education within Thailand, thus leaving KRCEE to fill the gap by supporting higher education in the refugee camps.

 

We are financing the regular operating costs of this programme for the schools, such as salaries, kitchen and food costs, health and hygiene, as well as school supplies. Following the political climate change of Myanmar, refugee camps are phasing out and refugees are transitioning to Myanmar. So going forward the Organisation plans to establish and support 5 higher-education schools in Myanmar (2018-2020); and to support the final year (2018-2019) for 9 schools in the refugee camps in Thailand, at the same time facilitating the transition of these refugee camp schools into Myanmar.

 


 

The Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge

"Project Refuge"

 

The project provides assistance for female foreign domestic workers in distress and whose contract is terminated. They are not allowed to work in Hong Kong while their cases are unresolved and cannot stay for more than 14 days. These cases range from contract-related concerns such as wages and other entitlements, to cases of assault and sexual abuse. It ensures shelter, sustenance and basic hygiene needs are met; and render legal assistance and activities to help them relieve stress, to know their rights and learn new skills.

 

The two-pronged approach – the Legal Case support and Assistance and Comprehensive Wellbeing provision-- answers the comprehensive needs of the women migrants in distress and lay the ground for the optimum condition for them to access the justice and redress system in HK.

 


 

Society for Community Organization Limited

"SHARE – Community Share Houses operated by SoCO"

 

Hong Kong is renowned for its very high living cost. The waiting time for public housing is as long as 5.5 years. Meanwhile, it is common that the grassroots need to pay 40% of their income on rent, but only sufficient to afford a partitioned flat that is below 100 square feet. Not only do they live in a harsh environment, but they also have to pay higher rate for water and electricity. From time to time, they face forced evictions and rent increases. They are in a vicious cycle and have no way out.

 

The SHARE scheme transforms vacant private units into transitional housing suitable for living, providing low-cost, short-term residences to grassroots families who are waiting for public housing, lacking suitable accommodation and facing heavy economic pressure.

 

In addition to housing support, the project also provides case counselling and family support services to these families to help them understand their rights and empower them to advocate for better housing policy.