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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).

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).

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).

 

May Roundup

Jun 8th, 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 11 May, we were grateful to our friends at Grassroots Future who provided a venue for our members to gather and learn new skills. It is important to keep ourselves busy, as refugees are not allowed to work.

On 13 May, we welcomed Sophie and Jasmine from ESF Sha Tin College, who arranged English and Cantonese classes for our children.

On 19 May, we were so excited to have Matthew, Anita, and Michelle from Hong Kong International School organise a jewellery-making class at the centre for our members. We all enjoyed the class.

On 20 May, we were thankful to James and Kyle from Chinese International School for offering a sustainability class for our children.

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 delivered 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).

April Roundup

Apr 30th, 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. We hope this roundup offers an 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 organization, 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 the community, while also advocating for policy changes that support their rights and well-being. Our organization is run by refugees and for refugees.

Activities at a Glance

On April 1, we were thrilled to have Melinda and friends from the German Swiss International School Hong Kong organize an Easter egg decoration workshop for refugee kids.

On April 12, we were delighted to have volunteers from the Chinese International School arrange sports and outdoor activities for refugee kids at Victoria Park.

On April 28, we were grateful to Simon and Andrew of Ascent Partners, who invited our Chairwoman Namagembe Adella to introduce the Refugee Union after a financial presentation. We appreciate every opportunity to advocate for refugees in Hong Kong and raise awareness.

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 delivered to refugees.

Please continue to support our center 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 center during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm).

MARCH ROUNDUP

Apr 11th, 2023 | Monthly Roundup | Comment

Welcome to the monthly roundup of the Refugee Union. We are delighted to share with you our latest updates and developments in our ongoing efforts to advocate for the rights and well-being of refugees in Hong Kong. In this edition, we will be highlighting some of the key events that have taken place over the past month, including our advocacy work, community outreach, and fundraising efforts. We hope that this roundup will provide you with a comprehensive overview of our work and inspire you to join us in our mission to create a more just and equitable society for all.

ABOUT US

The Refugee Union is a community-based organization 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 organization 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 March 1st and 7th, we would like to express our gratitude to the students of the Chinese International School for taking our children to Victoria Park to engage in games and physical activities.

On March 4th, our thanks go to Birthday Happiness Asia for organizing a birthday celebration for refugee families.

On March 7th, we appreciate prenatal specialist Ishka from The Family Zone for coordinating a workshop tailored to refugee mothers and their babies.

On March 18th, we were grateful for Valerie and her friends, who organized a creative and enjoyable art session for our children during the afternoon.

On March 25th, Riley and friends from the German Swiss International School Hong Kong provided our children with their first guitar lesson. Later that day, students from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (University YMCA) facilitated a fun arts and crafts activity.

On March 29th, we welcomed students from The University of Hong Kong’s “Globalisation and Migration” course, who interviewed our members. We are thankful for their time and effort, as their work will raise awareness about the challenges faced by refugees and contribute to the community’s understanding of these issues.

On March 30th, our interns Alan, Sally, and Terry—students from Hong Kong Shue Yan University—dedicated their time and energy to preparing games for our mothers and children. They are eager to learn first-hand about the refugee community in Hong Kong.

GIVING IS A BLESSING

This month, we received donations of a wide range of useful items. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to those who lend us a helping hand. Your support means a lot to us, and we deliver all items we receive to refugees.

Please continue to support our center 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 center during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm).

JANUARY ROUNDUP 一月回顧

Feb 14th, 2023 | Monthly Roundup | Comment

Prepared by our Student Interns, Terry Chow, Sally Leung and Alan Yip (in alphabetical order), from the Department of Sociology of Hong Kong Shue Yan University.

由香港樹仁大學社會學系的學生實習生Terry Chow、Sally Leung和Alan Yip(按字母順序排列)編寫。

 

Out with the old, in with the new. This month marks the opening of 2023. In a brand new year, we are thrilled to see kind-hearted people continue to visit our centre, sending us donations and organising activities for our members. This piece reviews the major activities that happened at our centre in the past month.

本月象徵送舊迎新。新的一年,本會的辨公室洋溢著新春佳節的歡欣氣息。善心人士一如既往捐贈有用物資予難民家庭,同時亦為他們舉辦活動。本篇將總結過去一個月於本會舉辦的主要活動。

ABOUT US 關於我們

Refugee Union, founded in 2014, is Hong Kong’s only refugee-led organisation. We have over 3,000 members from 52 countries. Currently, our centre is based in Sheung Wan. We work with visions to safeguard refugee rights and improve the situation of refugees in Hong Kong.

難民聯會成立於2014年,是本港唯一由難民領導的組織。本會現有超過3,000名會員,他們來自52個國家和地區。本會現址位於上環。自成立以來,本會一直致力保障難民權益和改善他們的生活狀況。

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE 活動一覽 

Sharing at School Assembly 學校早會分享

On 13 and 18 January, we have had the honour to be invited by the Man Kiu Association

Primary School and DSC International School to give a sharing during the assembly on the lived experience of refugees in Hong Kong and how we are helping them. These are important initiatives to raise awareness.

本會有幸於1月13和18日分別到訪閩僑小學和香港德思齊加拿大國際學校與師生分享難民在香港的生活狀況以及本會為他們提供的服務,藉此提高社會對難民狀況的關注。

Celebrating Lunar New Year 慶祝農曆新年

On 13 January, volunteers visited our centre and taught our members to write ‘fai chun’ to celebrate Lunar New Year. Wishing all of you ‘dreams come true’ and ‘prosperity and wealth’ in the Year of Rabbit.

1月13日,義工到訪本會並教授難民寫揮春慶祝農曆新年,祝各位兔年「心想事成」、「大吉大利」。

Knitting Workshop 針織工作坊

On 26 January, volunteers from our partner organisation, Grassroots Future, organised a knitting workshop for our members who are ladies. Ladies are grateful for this opportunity to learn with fun.

1月26日,本會的合作夥伴Grassroots Future到訪並為難民婦女舉辦針織工作坊,寓學習於娛樂。

Pet Visit 寵物探訪

Our centre is pet-friendly. On 28 January, we welcomed a volunteer who brought her puppy Inky to our centre. Kids were overjoyed!

1月28日,善心人士帶同寵物犬Inky到訪本會,孩子們欣喜若狂。

GIVING IS A BLESSING 施比受更有福

This month we received donations of wide-ranging useful items. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to those who lend us a helping hand. Your support means a lot to us. We deliver all items we received to refugees.

過去一個月,本會獲善心人士捐贈各種有用物資。本會對此衷心感謝,並承諾將收集到的物資全數送到難民手中。

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 welcomed to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or visit our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10am-6pm).

請繼續關注本會的網站和社交媒體專頁 (FacebookInstagramTwitter) 以獲取本會發布的最新資訊,亦歡迎各位以電郵 (info@refugeeunion.org) 形式聯絡本會或親臨到訪 (辦公時間為星期一至六上午10時至下午6時)。

JULY ROUNDUP  七月回顧

Aug 1st, 2022 | Monthly Roundup | Comment

This month Hong Kong experienced its hottest day of the year.  Many refugee families who live in small and hot subdivided flats thus came to our centre to enjoy the air conditioning service.  This piece reviews the activities that happened at our centre throughout the month.

七月是香港全年最熱的月份。在酷熱天氣下,很多難民家庭難耐居於狹小和侷促的劏房,紛紛到本會的辦公室避暑。本文回顧了本會於過去一個月舉辦的活動。

ABOUT US  關於我們

Refugee Union, founded in 2014, is the only refugee-led organisation in Hong Kong.  We have over 2,000 members from 20 countries, including 500 children.  Currently, our centre is based in Sheung Wan.  Being an union of and for refugees, we work with visions to safeguard refugee rights and improve the situation of refugees in Hong Kong.

難民聯會於2014年成立,是本港唯一由難民組成和領導的組織。本會現有超過2,000名註冊會員,他們來自20多個不同地區和國家。本會的現址位於上環。自成立以來,本會一直致力保障難民權益和改善本地難民社群的待遇。

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE  活動一覽

Although many of our activities are still suspended in view of the fluctuating epidemic condition, our centre continues to serve refugees in the city.  A series of fundraising and community engagement work are ongoing.

雖然本會大部份活動仍然因疫情反覆而暫停,本會的辦公室仍然開放並如常提供服務。一系列的籌募和社區參與工作亦籌備得如火如荼。

This month we were honoured to host Simon Mak and Nerris Lam at our centre.  They will be helping us on community engagement and fundraising affairs.  We greatly appreciated the support from Simon and Nerris.

本會有幸於本月下旬與Simon Mak和Nerris Lam會面。他們將協助本會推展有關籌募和社區參與的工作。本會衷心感謝Simon和Nerris的熱心幫忙。

High food prices keep creating a heavy burden on refugee families as they do not have enough money to get groceries.  Hence, we launched another fundraising campaign to help refugees buy food and necessities.  We sincerely ask for your support to the local refugee community.

本港生活成本高昂,物價飛漲,一直以來對難民家庭造成沉重的經濟壓力。本會於是發起另一項線上眾籌項目,協助本地難民家庭購買食物和必需品,懇請善心人士慷慨解囊。

GIVING IS A BLESSING  施比受更有福

While fundraising is ongoing, this month we received donations of wide-ranging items.  We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all donors who lend us a hand.  Your support means a lot to us.  We promise to deliver all items we received to refugees who are in need.

過去一個月,本會獲社會上不少有心人捐贈物資,本會對此表示衷心感謝,並承諾將收集到的物資全數送到有需要的難民手中。

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

請繼續關注本會的網站和社交媒體專頁 (FacebookInstagramTwitter) 以獲取本會發布的最新資訊,亦歡迎各位以電郵 (info@refugeeunion.org) 形式聯絡本會或親臨到訪 (辦公時間為星期一至六上午十時至下午六時)。