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Newly Approved Projects (Jan 2020 – May 2020)

 

Donation of Surgical masks

Emergency Relief for Hong Kong

 

FTIF donated surgical masks to the needy in Hong Kong, to help mitigate the health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The face masks were allocated to different deprived communities through our grantees in February 2020 and the distribution was coordinated by Caritas Hong Kong.

 

The recipients comprised medical /caring personnel and deprived groups including elders, children, youths, Ethnic Minorities, foreign domestic workers, volunteers, chronically ill patients, cancer patients and families and other service users.

 


 

Breakthrough Limited

Reconnection in the times of epidemics—caring project

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused suspension of all schools and after school programmes for a few months, leaving a lot of families unprepared for what followed. High stress level is commonly reported by parents as well as students.

 

This short-term project aims to provide online support to sixty deprived families living in sub-divided units to empower them with a positive spirit and to render timely assistance. Trained youth volunteers are recruited to conduct video calls with the needy families every week to listen to their troubles, care for their health and provide homework support. They will also dispatch anti-virus protection materials to each family. The project has started in March 2020.

 


 

The Christian Concern for the Homeless Association

Emergency relief for the homeless

 

In response to the pandemic, many restaurants have decided to close in the evenings and overnight sessions, not to mention that many others have even been closed down. MacDonald’s is among the former and this has not only impacted business but has also immediately driven hundreds of working-poor homeless adults to the street. They used to take MacDonald’s as shelter every night and would be losing/ have already lost their jobs at this difficult time. They are notoriously labelled as “ Mac refugees”.

 

This project provides emergency fund to 50 -100 people in this or similar situations to enable them to rent a unit for three months, as a temporary relief until the government financial assistance can cash in hopefully after three months and longer-term assistance plan comes into place when the situation would gradually improve.

 


 

“Anti-Pandemic Charity Fund for the Unemployed” and
“Support Scheme for Self-Employed Youths”

Supporting families / self-employed youths and freelancers most impacted under the coronavirus pandemic

 

The project aims to provide cash allowance to unemployed or underemployed breadwinners, self-employed youths and young freelancers whose livelihoods are severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Self-employed youths or freelancers benefited from the scheme will contribute at least 40 hours of volunteer services in NGOs within 3 to 9 months. Each eligible household or individual will receive a one-off subsidy ranging from HKD 8,000 to HKD 12,000. Application for both schemes start from 11 May 2020.

 

The project was coordinated by Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

 


 

Pneumoconiosis Mutual Aid Association

Home support programme and Case management for the elderly with pneumoconiosis and their families

 

The Project aims to support the pneumoconiosis patients and their families to overcome problems of health deterioration, stress and co-dependency issue by providing case management, rehabilitation programmes and volunteer support.

 

Pneumoconiosis is an incurable and progressive disease of the lungs due to inhalation of dust, characterized by inflammation, coughing, and fibrosis. As it causes difficulty in breathing, limits mobility and daily living activities, not only would the patient become unemployable and have to cope with tremendous distress until the last stage of life, the family members would be directly strained too. Fortunately, rehabilitation programmes, emotional and spiritual support for the patients as well as the carers are essential for enhancement of their well being. The project is extended for two years in April 2020.

 


 

Heep Hong Society

Project CP—Connecting parents and children with autism/ speech delays

 

The Project was launched from 2017 to 2019 to equip parents with knowledge and skills in helping their autistic children (mild to moderate grade) in social communication. It has successfully launched the PACT (‘Pre-school Autism Communication Therapy’) model of UK and ‘More than Words’ programme from Canada Hanen Centre, using in depth group and individual trainings to enhance parent-child interaction and parents’ skills, in turn, boosting child’s communication and language skills. Because of its significant impact, the project is extended support for two years until 2022.

 

The new phase will focus on training the practitioners on the PACT model, thereby multiplying the coverage and impacts. Apart from this, seminars based on ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ Programme model from Canada Hanen Centre will be launched to teach parents how to provide training to their child suffering from language delay.

 


 

Splash Foundation

Splash beginner programme for migrant domestic workers

 

This project provides structured, free, learn-to-swim courses for Foreign Domestic Worker community in Hong Kong. The twelve week beginner course emphasizes water safety and introduction to basic freestyle and backstroke. The group lessons take place on Weekends in rented pool space and follow a specific curriculum developed by Splash. Aside from becoming water safe, the impact of the project goes well beyond swimming. Participants develop self-confidence, adopt a healthy and active lifestyle, make new friends, and motivate others to learn to swim. The second phase of the project has started in May 2020.

 


 

Caritas Hong Kong (Services for the elderly)

Creative Arts Centre for the Seniors (Warm Shelter Project-Rent Subsidy)

 

Starting from June 2020, Caritas Hong Kong (Services for the elderly) will launch a new community-based service at Warm Shelter for the young old (people aged 50 or above) to enhance their physical, social, and spiritual health through various art-based interventions. The Project will also work with multi-disciplinary professionals (art therapists, occupational therapists, nurses and social workers) to develop a tailored art-based intervention protocol for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI)/early dementia, as well as delivering the protocol to the caregivers, third-age volunteers, and NGOs staffs in sustaining the intervention at home or in groups.
 

 

 

Donation of Surgical masks

Emergency Relief for Hong Kong

 

FTIF donated surgical masks to the needy in Hong Kong, to help mitigate the health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The face masks were allocated to different deprived communities through our grantees in February 2020 and the distribution was coordinated by Caritas Hong Kong.

 

The recipients comprised medical /caring personnel and deprived groups including elders, children, youths, Ethnic Minorities, foreign domestic workers, volunteers, chronically ill patients, cancer patients and families and other service users.

 


 

Breakthrough Limited

Reconnection in the times of epidemics—caring project

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused suspension of all schools and after school programmes for a few months, leaving a lot of families unprepared for what followed. High stress level is commonly reported by parents as well as students.

 

This short-term project aims to provide online support to sixty deprived families living in sub-divided units to empower them with a positive spirit and to render timely assistance. Trained youth volunteers are recruited to conduct video calls with the needy families every week to listen to their troubles, care for their health and provide homework support. They will also dispatch anti-virus protection materials to each family. The project has started in March 2020.

 


 

The Christian Concern for the Homeless Association

Emergency relief for the homeless

 

In response to the pandemic, many restaurants have decided to close in the evenings and overnight sessions, not to mention that many others have even been closed down. MacDonald’s is among the former and this has not only impacted business but has also immediately driven hundreds of working-poor homeless adults to the street. They used to take MacDonald’s as shelter every night and would be losing/ have already lost their jobs at this difficult time. They are notoriously labelled as “ Mac refugees”.

 

This project provides emergency fund to 50 -100 people in this or similar situations to enable them to rent a unit for three months, as a temporary reliefuntil the government financial assistance can cash in hopefully after three months and longer-term assistance plan comes into place when the situation would gradually improve.

 


 

“Anti-Pandemic Charity Fund for the Unemployed” and 
“Support Scheme for Self-Employed Youths”

Supporting families / self-employed youths and freelancers most impacted under the coronavirus pandemic

 

The project aims to provide cash allowance to unemployed or underemployed breadwinners, self-employed youths and young freelancers whose livelihoods are severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Self-employed youths or freelancers benefited from the scheme will contribute at least 40 hours of volunteer services in NGOs within 3 to 9 months. Each eligible household or individual will receive a one-off subsidy ranging from HKD 8,000 to HKD 12,000. Application for both schemes start from 11 May 2020.

 

The project was coordinated by Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

 


 

Pneumoconiosis Mutual Aid Association

Home support programme and Case management for the elderly with pneumoconiosis and their families

 

The Project aims to support the pneumoconiosis patients and their families to overcome problems of health deterioration, stress and co-dependency issue by providing case management, rehabilitation programmes and volunteer support.

 

Pneumoconiosis is an incurable and progressive disease of the lungs due to inhalation of dust, characterized by inflammation, coughing, and fibrosis. As it causes difficulty in breathing, limits mobility and daily living activities, not only would the patient become unemployable and have to cope with tremendous distress until the last stage of life, the family members would be directly strained too. Fortunately, rehabilitation programmes, emotional and spiritual support for the patients as well as the carers are essential for enhancement of their well being. The project is extended for two years in April 2020.

 


 

Heep Hong Society

Project CP—Connecting parents and children with autism/ speech delays

 

The Project was launched from 2017 to 2019 to equip parents with knowledge and skills in helping their autistic children (mild to moderate grade) in social communication. It has successfully launched the PACT (‘Pre-school Autism Communication Therapy’) model of UK and ‘More than Words’ programme from Canada Hanen Centre, using in depth group and individual trainings to enhance parent-child interaction and parents’ skills, in turn, boosting child’s communication and language skills. Because of its significant impact, the project is extended support for two years until 2022.

 

The new phase will focus on training the practitioners on the PACT model, thereby multiplying the coverage and impacts. Apart from this, seminars based on ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ Programme model from Canada Hanen Centre will be launched to teach parents how to provide training to their child suffering from language delay.

 


 

Splash Foundation

Splash beginner programme for migrant domestic workers

 

This project provides structured, free, learn-to-swim courses for Foreign Domestic Worker community in Hong Kong. The twelve week beginner course emphasizes water safety and introduction to basic freestyle and backstroke. The group lessons take place on Weekends in rented pool space and follow a specific curriculum developed by Splash. Aside from becoming water safe, the impact of the project goes well beyond swimming. Participants develop self-confidence, adopt a healthy and active lifestyle, make new friends, and motivate others to learn to swim. The second phase of the project has started in May 2020.

 


 

Caritas Hong Kong (Services for the elderly)

Creative Arts Centre for the Seniors (Warm Shelter Project-Rent Subsidy)

 

Starting from June 2020, Caritas Hong Kong (Services for the elderly) will launch a new community-based service at Warm Shelter for the young old (people aged 50 or above) to enhance their physical, social, and spiritual health through various art-based interventions. The Project will also work with multi-disciplinary professionals (art therapists, occupational therapists, nurses and social workers) to develop a tailored art-based intervention protocol for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI)/early dementia, as well as delivering the protocol to the caregivers, third-age volunteers, and NGOs staffs in sustaining the intervention at home or in groups.