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January Roundup

Feb 13th, 2024 | Monthly Roundup | Comment

Welcome to the Refugee Union’s monthly roundup!  We would like to extend our warmest wishes to you for 2024. May this year bring you health, happiness, and success.

We are excited to share our latest updates and developments as we continue advocating for the rights and well-being of refugees in Hong Kong. This edition highlights key events from the past month, including our advocacy work, community outreach, and fundraising efforts. We hope this roundup offers a comprehensive overview of our work and inspires you to join our mission to create a more just and equitable society for all.

About Us

The Refugee Union is a community-based organisation, established in 2014 by refugees in Hong Kong. Our mission is to promote and protect the rights of refugees through advocacy, education, and community building. We work to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and active participants in their communities, while also advocating for policy changes that support their rights and well-being. Our organisation is run by refugees, for refugees, and we are dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society for all.

Activities at a Glance

On 5 January, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our dedicated Cantonese teachers for guiding us through the town, providing us fun experiences and learning opportunities.

On 12 January, we welcomed five students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, who joined us to gain insight into the experiences of refugees in Hong Kong.

On 13 January, heartfelt appreciation is due to kind-hearted volunteer Maria for organizing a children’s art class which was greatly enjoyed by the children who visited that afternoon – what a surprise!

On 15 January, we extend our gratitude to the volunteers at Youth Global Network for setting up an engaging sewing class and for their generous donation of a new sewing machine, which will be highly beneficial for our ladies to repair and alter clothes at home.

On 16 January, a big thank you goes to Grassroots Future for organising a meditation class in the park. We thoroughly enjoyed the relaxation, coupled with the warm sunshine and the joy of being surrounded by nature.

On 27 January, volunteers from the YMCA Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, offered several families a delightful day out. We all enjoyed the trip.

Giving is a Blessing

This month, we received a wide range of useful item donations. We would like to express our gratitude to those who have lent a helping hand. Your support means a lot to us, and we ensure all items received are distributed to refugees.

Please continue to support our centre and stay tuned to our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updated information. You are also welcome to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or visit our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm).

December Roundup

Dec 28th, 2023 | Advocacy | Comment

Season’s Greetings from Refugee Union!

Welcome to the Refugee Union’s monthly roundup! We are excited to share our latest updates and developments as we continue advocating for the rights and well-being of refugees in Hong Kong. This edition highlights key events from the past month, including our advocacy work, community outreach, and fundraising efforts. We hope this roundup offers a comprehensive overview of our work and inspires you to join our mission to create a more just and equitable society for all.

About Us

The Refugee Union is a community-based organisation, established in 2014 by refugees in Hong Kong. Our mission is to promote and protect the rights of refugees through advocacy, education, and community building. We work to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and active participants in their communities, while also advocating for policy changes that support their rights and well-being. Our organisation is run by refugees, for refugees, and we are dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society for all.

Activities at a Glance

On 2 December, we extended our heartfelt thanks to the amazing staff at Central & Stanley Wellness who graciously opened their doors to our members for much-needed chiropractic care.

On 5 December, we were honoured to welcome our friends from St John’s Cathedral. They visited us to share prayers for our members’ health and happiness during this festive season. We are also grateful for their generous donations.

On 7 December, we were thrilled to welcome students from Chinese International School who accompanied our children for joyous outdoor activities at Victoria Park.

On 16 December, we expressed our gratitude to the dedicated student, Maria, from Discovery Bay International School for arranging creative art classes for our children.

Giving is a Blessing

In the spirit of Christmas giving, we received a wide range of useful item donations this month. Our heartfelt thanks go out to those who have extended a helping hand. Your support is invaluable to us, and we ensure all items received are thoughtfully distributed to refugees in need.

Please continue to support our centre and stay connected. Keep an eye on our website and follow us on our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for the latest information. You are also welcome to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or visit our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am to 6 pm).

Wishing you all the warmth and joy of the season, and we look forward to your continued support in the New Year!

November Roundup

Nov 29th, 2023 | Monthly Roundup | Comment

Welcome to the Refugee Union’s monthly roundup! We’re excited to share our latest updates and developments as we continue advocating for the rights and well-being of refugees in Hong Kong. This edition highlights key events from the past month, including our advocacy work, community outreach, and fundraising efforts. We hope this roundup offers a comprehensive overview of our work and inspires you to join our mission to create a more just and equitable society for all.

About Us

The Refugee Union is a community-based organisation, established in 2014 by refugees in Hong Kong. Our mission is to promote and protect the rights of refugees through advocacy, education, and community building. We work to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and active participants in their communities, while also advocating for policy changes that support their rights and well-being. Our organisation is run by refugees, for refugees, and we are dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society for all.

Activities at a Glance

On 3 November, we were honoured to host Professors Dongdong, Gary, and Elena from the Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. We were thrilled to learn that they are planning health services for our refugee community.

From 6 November and throughout the following week, we were delighted to host a group of students from Hong Kong True Light College, who wished to learn more about the lived experiences of refugees in Hong Kong.

In the week commencing 7 November, we were grateful to Team Minisport HK for organising outdoor events for our children. We all had an amazing time.

On 11 November, we were honoured to be invited by Fairchild Kindergarten to spend the morning at their campus in Sai Ying Pun. It was a great opportunity for the toddlers and children from our families to experience something new and inspiring.

On 13, 14, and 15 November, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to a group of students from Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School. They organised inspirational arts and crafts sessions for our children at our centre.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to our dedicated volunteers who taught our members Cantonese.

Giving is a Blessing

This month, we received a wide range of useful item donations. We would like to express our gratitude to those who have lent a helping hand. Your support means a lot to us, and we ensure all items received are distributed to refugees.

Please continue to support our centre and stay tuned to our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updated information. You are also welcome to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or visit our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm).



October Roundup

Oct 29th, 2023 | Monthly Roundup | Comment

Welcome to the Refugee Union’s monthly roundup! We’re excited to share our latest updates and developments as we continue advocating for the rights and well-being of refugees in Hong Kong. This edition highlights key events from the past month, including our advocacy work, community outreach, and fundraising efforts. We hope this roundup offers a comprehensive overview of our work and inspires you to join our mission to create a more just and equitable society for all.

About Us

The Refugee Union is a community-based organisation, established in 2014 by refugees in Hong Kong. Our mission is to promote and protect the rights of refugees through advocacy, education, and community building. We work to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and active participants in their communities, while also advocating for policy changes that support their rights and well-being. Our organisation is run by refugees, for refugees, and we are dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society for all.

Activities at a Glance

On 7 October, we were thankful for the wonderful volunteers from the Chinese YMCA Hong Kong (CUHK Chung Chi) who organised a lantern-making class for our children. All the children had a great time.

On 16 October, we were honoured to be invited by Kering Hong Kong to share the lived experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong. We appreciate your interest in and care for our community.

On 28 October, we were thrilled to have students from the German Swiss International School Hong Kong organise a series of creative programmes for the children. We were also grateful to them for covering our transport expenses.

On 29 October, we extend our heartfelt thanks to Kingston and friends for arranging an unforgettable Halloween event in Sheung Wan to benefit refugee families. Our children have never had so much fun or seen so much candy before.

We also would like to express our gratitude to Grassroots Future for their consistent support and for organising gatherings for refugee women. Many families rely on the services we are able to provide with your help.

Giving is a Blessing

This month, we received a wide range of useful item donations. We would like to express our gratitude to those who have lent a helping hand. Your support means a lot to us, and we ensure all items received are distributed to refugees.

Please continue to support our centre and stay tuned to our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updated information. You are also welcome to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or visit our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm).

Trick or Treat

Oct 25th, 2023 | Advocacy | Comment

Hi Trick or Treaters! Exiting stuff! One more weekend till our Hollywood Halloween!🎃 👻

The Trick or Treating map will be available for pick up from tomorrow onwards (21st of October) at anytime of the day or the week at Unit 1905, 135 Bonham Strand. For us to ensure there is enough maps for all, please try and pick it up as soon as you can before the actual day of the event. Please only take *1 map per kid* and don’t forget to donate $50 if you haven’t already! 

The Refugee Union is still accepting Halloween costumes donations for adults and kids today and tomorrow only, in their Sheung wan office 2F, 315 Queens Road C. For other detailed information, please check out the Group’s description.

Our heartfelt THANKS to each and every supporter who contributed to the fun (and funding) of this extraordinary event!!! Please keep spreading the word about the Refugee Union to friends and on social media as it Is the best way to raise awareness and assist refugees living in the community.

Drink For Justice event on 19 October 2023

Oct 13th, 2023 | Advocacy | Comment

We are honored to invite our friends, donors and supporters to “SWAP TALES AND COCKTAILS” – a casual gathering and fundraiser held at 6pm on 19 October 2023 at BELLA LEE, 37 Peel Street, Central.

This event is organized by our long-time friends at DRINK FOR JUSTICE (drinkforjustice.org) for the benefit of the families supported by the Refugee Union. The venue will donate 25% of the total evening revenue and is supported by the Italian shaker and stirrer bartender extraordinaire Michele Venturini.

Please support and spread the word with friends and on social media. See you there! 😊

September Roundup

Oct 5th, 2023 | Monthly Roundup | Comment

Welcome to the Refugee Union’s monthly roundup! We’re excited to share our latest updates and developments as we continue advocating for the rights and well-being of refugees in Hong Kong. This edition highlights key events from the past month, including our advocacy work, community outreach, and fundraising efforts. We hope this roundup offers a comprehensive overview of our work and inspires you to join our mission to create a more just and equitable society for all.

About Us

The Refugee Union is a community-based organisation, established in 2014 by refugees in Hong Kong. Our mission is to promote and protect the rights of refugees through advocacy, education, and community building. We work to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and active participants in their communities, while also advocating for policy changes that support their rights and well-being. Our organisation is run by refugees, for refugees, and we are dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society for all.

Activities at a Glance

On 7 and 21 September, we were grateful to Grassroots Future for arranging weekly crochet gatherings for ladies at the Kowloon Union Church. These gatherings provide us with opportunities for bonding and learning.

In anticipation of the Mid-Autumn Festival, on 23 September, we were thrilled to have students from the Hong Kong International School bringing us a lantern-making session to celebrate this festive season. These students also arranged a fun dancing class for kids earlier this month. Thank you so much!

On 26 September, we were honoured to have Matt and coaches at Minisport HK arrange sporting activities for families with children at Victoria Park. We all had a great time.

Giving is a Blessing

This month, we received a wide range of useful item donations. We would like to express our gratitude to those who have lent a helping hand. Your support means a lot to us, and we ensure all items received are distributed to refugees.

Please continue to support our centre and stay tuned to our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updated information. You are also welcome to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or visit our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm).

August Roundup

Oct 5th, 2023 | Monthly Roundup | Comment

Welcome to the Refugee Union’s monthly roundup! We’re excited to share our latest updates and developments as we continue advocating for the rights and well-being of refugees in Hong Kong. This edition highlights key events from the past month, including our advocacy work, community outreach, and fundraising efforts. We hope this roundup offers a comprehensive overview of our work and inspires you to join our mission to create a more just and equitable society for all.

About Us

The Refugee Union is a community-based organisation, established in 2014 by refugees in Hong Kong. Our mission is to promote and protect the rights of refugees through advocacy, education, and community building. We work to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and active participants in their communities, while also advocating for policy changes that support their rights and well-being. Our organisation is run by refugees, for refugees, and we are dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society for all.

Activities at a Glance

On 5 August, we were delighted to have volunteers from the YMCA of Hong Kong Youth Council organise an outing for children in Yuen Long. Thank you so much for thinking about us.

From 7 to 9 August, we were grateful to have volunteers from Minisport offer outdoor activities for children in the park. Minisport is a sports-based company that focuses on introducing sports to all children in Hong Kong. We played four different sports, including football, basketball, tennis, and rugby, catering to kids aged 1.5 – 9.

On 12 August, we were honoured to have the volunteers from the YMCA of Hong Kong Youth Council once again invite some of our children to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Shatin Park where they had loads of fun.

On 25 August, we were excited to welcome back our former intern, Sally, who organised an art class for the children. We all had a great time!

Giving is a Blessing

This month, we received a wide range of useful item donations. We would like to express our gratitude to those who have lent a helping hand. Your support means a lot to us, and we ensure all items received are distributed to refugees.

Please continue to support our centre and stay tuned to our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updated information. You are also welcome to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or visit our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm).

 

July Roundup

Aug 4th, 2023 | Advocacy | Comment

Welcome to the Refugee Union’s monthly roundup! We’re excited to share our latest updates and developments as we continue advocating for the rights and well-being of refugees in Hong Kong. This edition highlights key events from the past month, including our advocacy work, community outreach, and fundraising efforts. We hope this roundup offers a comprehensive overview of our work and inspires you to join our mission to create a more just and equitable society for all.

About Us

The Refugee Union is a community-based organisation, established in 2014 by refugees in Hong Kong. Our mission is to promote and protect the rights of refugees through advocacy, education, and community building. We work to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and active participants in their communities, while also advocating for policy changes that support their rights and well-being. Our organisation is run by refugees, for refugees, and we are dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society for all.

Activities at a Glance

On 3 July, we were delighted to collaborate with Luuna, who will be helping us to raise funds with several schools.

On 8 July, we thanked Edward for organising an “Everything can be a painting” class for our children, who enjoyed learning about art in life.

On 21 July, we were excited to have our former intern, Sally, arrange an arts and crafts project for our children using old newspaper and magazine photos. We are always grateful for any help offered to our young ones.

On 24 July, we were thrilled to announce that we have moved to a bigger office. It’s the same address and the same floor, just a bigger unit (2B), right in front of the lifts. This way, you cannot miss the Refugee Union when you visit. Thank you to all the volunteers for your hard work today.

Giving is a Blessing

This month, we received a wide range of useful item donations. We would like to express our gratitude to those who have lent a helping hand. Your support means a lot to us, and we ensure all items received are distributed to refugees.

Please continue to support our centre and stay tuned to our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updated information. You are also welcome to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or visit our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm).

June Roundup

Jul 2nd, 2023 | Advocacy | Comment

Welcome to the Refugee Union’s monthly roundup! We’re excited to share our latest updates and developments as we continue advocating for the rights and well-being of refugees in Hong Kong. This edition highlights key events from the past month, including our advocacy work, community outreach, and fundraising efforts. We hope this roundup offers a comprehensive overview of our work and inspires you to join our mission to create a more just and equitable society for all.

About Us

The Refugee Union is a community-based organisation, established in 2014 by refugees in Hong Kong. Our mission is to promote and protect the rights of refugees through advocacy, education, and community building. We work to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and active participants in their communities, while also advocating for policy changes that support their rights and well-being. Our organisation is run by refugees, for refugees, and we are dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society for all.

Activities at a Glance

On 12 June, we were delighted to welcome the talented Adele from the Chinese International School, who will be assisting us with our social media throughout the summer.

On 16 June, we were pleased to greet PhD candidates Dave and Ayomide from Nigeria, who are currently studying at Lingnan University. They are researching acculturation strategies and social relationships of refugees in Hong Kong.

On 23 June, we were thrilled to welcome the inspirational Cici Fan and colleagues from ARCH Education, who will be designing study programmes for our older children. With over 500 children of all ages registered at the Refugee Union, any support is always greatly appreciated.

On 24 June, we expressed our gratitude to Charlene and Melissa from Hong Kong International School, who performed an enchanting dance for us in the afternoon.

Giving is a Blessing

This month, we received a wide range of useful item donations. We would like to express our gratitude to those who have lent a helping hand. Your support means a lot to us, and we ensure all items received are distributed to refugees.

Please continue to support our centre and stay tuned to our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updated information. You are also welcome to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or visit our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm).

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