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NOVEMBER ROUNDUP  十一月回顧

Nov 27th, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

Lives are going back to normal with the pandemic coming to closure. This piece reviews the major activities that happened at our centre in the past month.

隨著大流行的結束,生活逐漸復常。本篇回顧了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 the only refugee-led society in Hong Kong. We have over 3,000 members from dozens of countries. Currently, our centre is 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,是本港唯一由難民組成和領導的團體。本會現有超過3,000名會員,他們來自20多個國家和地區。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本地難民社群的待遇。

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE  活動一覽

We are thrilled that an increasing number of activities are happening at our centre. On 9 November, Grassroot Future arranged a crochet workshop for refugee ladies at the Kowloon Union Church.

本會很高興看到越來越多的活動於本會的辦公室進行。11月9日,Grassroots Future的團隊於九龍佑寧堂為難民婦女舉辦針織工作坊。

On 16 November, our refugee leaders were invited to share their experience during an undergraduate course offered at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

11月16日,難民領袖獲邀到香港中文大學的本科生課堂上分享難民的經歷。

On 18 November, our teacher Candice resumed the regular Cantonese class on Fridays for refugee adults. The class will help us better navigate life in Hong Kong.

11月18日,Candice老師恢復每週五的廣東話班,這將幫助難民適應在港的日常生活。 

This month teachers and students of the Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School visited our centre every afternoon and helped refugee kids with school work.

保良局蔡繼有學校的師生本月每天下午都會到訪槓在本會協助難民孩子完成課業。

Many thanks to volunteers’ contribution!

衷心感謝義工的付出!

 

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。本會對此表示衷心感謝,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 welcome 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十時至下午六時)。

OCTOBER ROUNDUP 十月回顧

Nov 10th, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

People’s lives gradually go back to normal with the pandemic coming to closure. This piece reviews the major activities that happened at our centre last month.
隨著大流行的結束,人們的生活逐漸復常。 本篇回顧了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 the only refugee-led society in Hong Kong. We have over 3,000 members from dozens of countries. Currently, our centre is 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,是本港唯一由難民組成和領導的團體。本會現有超過3,000名會員,他們來自20多個國家和地區。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本地難民社群的待遇。


ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE 活動一覽

We are thrilled that an increasing number of activities are happening at our centre. On 6 October, we celebrated Grassroots Future running regular crochet classes for refugee ladies for nearly two years.
本會很高興看到越來越多的活動於本會的辦工室進行。10月6日,本會慶祝Grassroots Future的團隊為難民婦女舉辦針織課程近兩年。

On 7 October, Lifelong Labs and Studio Small Potato organised a creative workshop for refugee kids.
10月7日,Lifelong Labs和Studio Small Potato的團隊為難民孩子舉辦了創意工作坊。

On 25 October, we welcomed Dr Pui-kwan Man and students from the Department of Sociology at Hong Kong Shue Yan University who visited to learn about the service and impact of our centre.
10月25日,香港樹仁大學社會學系文珮君博士帶領學生到訪了解本會為難民社群提供的服務。

On 28 October, students from Zenerations Hong Kong organised a knitting session for refugee mothers and raised money for their families.
10月28日,學生團隊Zenerations Hong Kong到訪本會教授難民婦女針織並為他們的家庭籌集資金。

Many thanks to volunteers’ contribution!
衷心感謝義工的付出!

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。本會對此表示衷心感謝,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 welcome 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十時至下午六時)。

SEPTEMBER ROUNDUP  九月回顧

Oct 6th, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

School days have started.  Ladies come to our centre to mingle when children are at school.  Children come for revision and for fun after school. This piece reviews the major events that happened at our centre last month.

開學日到了,婦女們在孩子上學期間到本會的辦公室消遣,孩子們課後到訪溫習和玩樂。本篇回顧了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 the only refugee-led organisation in Hong Kong.  We have over two thousand members from twenty countries, including five hundred 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 to improve the situation of refugees in Hong Kong.

難民聯會成立於二零一四年,是本港唯一由難民組成和領導的組織。本會現有超過二千名會員,他們來自二十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

This month we have had the honour to host students from international schools and representatives from different sectors.  On 5 September, we welcomed Ms Lee from Giordano Hong Kong and Mr Fan from ECC Social Motivation at our centre to exchange ideas and discuss future collaboration.

本會有幸於過去一個月接待國際學校的學生團體和各界代表。九月五日,本會很高興接待 Giordano Hong Kong 的 Ms Lee 和 ECC Social Motivation 的 Mr Fan 並交流意見和商討合作事宜。

On 19 and 24 September, we were thrilled to have students from the Chinese International School visiting our centre and organising educational activities for refugee kids.

九月十九和二十四日,本會很高興獲漢基國際學校的學生到訪並為難民孩子舉辦教育活動。

On 28 September, refugee ladies self-initiated a knitting workshop for other refugees.

九月二十八日,難民婦女自發舉辦工作坊,教授其他難民針織技巧。

Many thanks to volunteers’ contribution!

本會衷心感謝義工的付出!

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 all Donors who lend us a helping hand.  Your support means a lot to us.  We promise to 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。本會對此表示衷心感謝,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 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)。

Support Refugee Families in Hong Kong

Oct 5th, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

You probably heard it before: “Refugees are not allowed to working in Hong Kong”. A statement that resonates with suffering only when you live in a refugee family where the stress levels are through the roof. We smile for the camera, but the reality is harsh because government support is limited to $3,200 a month for shelter, food, utilities and everything else. 

Where can we get help? Charities and churches support where they can, but the economy is bad for everyone and assistance is shrinking. There is no way out of poverty so we are forced to beg to survive. The Refugee Union is a way to centralize efforts and help more refugee families with your help.

Can one survive on $3,200 a month in Hong Kong? Food assistance of $1,200/month, or $40 a day, is not enough for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rent assistance of $1,500/month does not pay for the cheapest subdivided windowless rooms that cost twice that in run-down buildings. The government assistance has no provision for essentials like clothing, shoes, cleaning products, personal care, baby products, school supplies, phone access, medicines, etc.

Refugees are treated poorly and looked down on in Hong Kong. But we are still people. We deserve compassion. We deserve a chance to live with dignity. We deserve to be understood. With the help of wonderful volunteers we published a booklet to help everyone in the city to understand us better. Please download and share:

http://refugeeunion.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/RU-zine-2022.pdf

High food prices are causing refugee families great difficulties as we don’t have enough money to buy groceries for a month’s supply. We receive food donations from some charities, but sadly it is not enough to meet the needs of our members.

Click the link to donate: https://bit.ly/3M5HEu6

AUGUST ROUNDUP  八月回顧

Sep 5th, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

It is summer break.  Many refugee families brought their kids to our centre to have fun and to enjoy the air conditioning service.  This piece reviews the major events that happened at our centre last month.

正值暑假許多難民家庭帶同孩子到本會的辦公室玩樂和避暑。本篇回顧了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 the only refugee-led organisation in Hong Kong.  We have 2,000+ members from 20+ countries, including 500 children.  Currently, our centre is based in Sheung Wan.  Being a union of and for refugees, we work with visions to safeguard refugee rights and to improve the situation of refugees in Hong Kong.

難民聯會成立於2014年,是本港唯一由難民組成和領導的組織。本會現有超過2,000名會員,包括500名小童,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

This month we were honoured to host a few students from local and international schools.  On 3 and 4 August, students from a Po Leung Kuk affiliated school and the Hong Kong International School visited our centre to learn more about refugee issues through interviewing our members.

本會有幸於過去一個月接待本地和國際學校的學生。一所保良局學校以及香港國際學校的學生分別於8月3日和4日到訪本會,他們透過實地考察並與難民親身交流以加深對難民議題的了解。

On 6 August, students from the German Swiss International School organised a workshop to teach refugee kids critical thinking.

8月6日,德瑞國際學校的學生到訪本會並為難民孩子舉辦工作坊以培養他們的批判思維。

 

On 12 August, student-led team Momentum introduced refugee kids to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and encouraged the new generations to solve problems in creative ways

8月12日,學生團體Momentum到訪本會並向難民孩子介紹聯合國可持續發展目標 (UNSDGs),同時鼓勵他們以創意思維解決疑難。

On 27 August, students from the Chinese International School organised a workshop to teach refugee kids public speaking skills.

8月27日,漢基國際學校的學生到訪本會並教授難民孩子演講技巧。

On 30 August, volunteer Hillary taught refugees to make Lanterns to celebrate the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival.

中秋將至,義工Hillary於8月30日到訪本會並教授難民製作燈籠慶祝佳節。

Many thanks to volunteers’ contribution!

本會衷心感謝義工的付出!

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 all Donors who lend us a helping hand.  Your support means a lot to us.  We promise to 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。本會對此表示衷心感謝,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 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10時至下午6時)。

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Jun 21st, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

Refugee Week Events

Jun 12th, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

📢 Announcing Grassroots Future’s agenda for 2022 Refugee Week 📢

本年度 (2022) Grassroots Future 世界難民日活動一覽

Join us for the first year Hong Kong is running Refugee Week with a series of online and in person events that engage with the this year’s theme of “healing”.本月20日是世界難民日。本港將舉辦首個「難民週」,主題為「復原」。

This year’s event series is co-organised by本年度難民週的主辦機構如下:Grassroots FutureUNHCR Hong Kong 聯合國難民署 (中國香港特別行政區辦事處)Justice Centre Hong KongBlessVision Foundation 幸福傳聲基金會 Branches of Hope 希望枝子RUN Hong KongWISE HK 睿動香港We hope you’ll join us between 20-26 June to celebrate achievements, talents and stories about starting again and healing.

Sign up via the link in bio or https://linktr.ee/refugeeweekhk歡迎您於本月20-26日參與難民週活動,讓我們一同向難民對抗逆境的勇氣致敬。詳情請見:https://linktr.ee/refugeeweekhk#refugeeweek2022#refugeeweek

MAY ROUNDUP 五月回顧

Jun 7th, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

With Hong Kong’s fifth wave of outbreak coming to an end, everything in the city stepwise goes back to normal.  This roundup reviews activities that happened at our centre in the past month.

隨着本港第五波疫情漸見曙光,人們的生活有序回復往常。本文將回顧本會於過去一個月舉辦的活動。

About us 關於我們

The Refugee Union, founded in 2014, is Hong Kong’s only refugee-led organisation.  Currently, our centre is based in Sheung Wan.  Since our commencement of service, we have been working with visions to safeguard refugee rights and to improve the status quo of asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong.

難民聯會於二零一四年成立,現址位於上環,是本港唯一由尋求庇護者和難民組成及領導的組織。自成立以來,本會一直致力於保障難民權益以及改善本地難民社群的待遇。

Activities at a glance 活動一覽

This month activities at our centre began to resume as the local epidemic condition improved.  On 25 May, volunteers of Grassroots Future organised a crochet workshop at our centre.  Refugee ladies learned DIY with joys in the event.

本月二十五日,Grassroots Future 的義工團隊到訪本會並為難民婦女舉辦了一個針織工作坊。參加者於活動後皆表示獲益良多。本會衷心感謝義工團隊的努力。

On 27 May, we were honoured to host teachers and students from the Glenealy School.  They visited our centre to learn more about the situation of asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong and sent us donations of items.

本月二十七日,己連拿小學 (Glenealy School) 的師生到訪本會,透過實地考察讓學生更深入了解本地難民社群的狀況。師生及後捐贈物資到本會,以行動支持本地難民社群。本會對此深表欣賞和謝意。

This month we were thrilled to be selected by the Hong Kong Arbitration Charity Ball (HKACB) as one of the beneficiaries.  The annual event aims at raising funds to support Hong Kong’s charities and to facilitate the development of arbitration in Asia.  The invite is a recognition of our service to the local refugee community.  Thank you.

本月下旬,本會非常榮幸獲邀出席本年度的香港仲裁慈善舞會。每年一度的香港仲裁慈善舞會為本地慈善機構籌款,並藉此推廣亞洲仲裁業的發展。本會將受益於本年度舞會的所得善款,在此衷心感謝主辦方對本會服務的認可。

Giving is a blessing 施比受更有福

This month we received donations of wide-ranging items.  We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to all generous donors for lending us a hand.  Your support means a lot to us.  As always, we promise to deliver all donations we received to asylum seekers and refugees who are in need.

本會於過去一個月獲善心人士捐贈海量物資,對各位的慷慨解囊不勝感激。本會已將收集到的物資全數送到尋求庇護者和難民手上。

Please stay tuned to our official website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for the most 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).

請繼續關注本會的官方網站和社交媒體專頁 (FacebookInstagramTwitter) 以獲取本會及本地難民社群相關的最新資訊。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:星期一至六 上午十時至下午六時)。

Keep Refugee Union’s Center Running

Jun 1st, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

June 20 is World Refugee Day. We ask that you support refugees by supporting our campaign for Refugee Union’s Center.

Refugee Union is the first self-organized group in Hong Kong where refugees help refugees.  

We were registered as a society in 2014 to connect with Hong Kong residents and the community at large. We are comprised of over 2000 members from dozens of countries, including around 200 children. We mainly support families as they are the most vulnerable and in need of timely assistance.  

The Government provides a monthly welfare support of: $1500 for rent; $1200 for food; $300 for utilities and $200 for transport allowance to attend official appointments. This package remains unchanged since 2014 despite inflation rate.  

No support is provided for clothes, shoes, home fittings, cooking equipment, cleaning materials, medicines and phone re-charge. To find out more: https://refugeeunion.org/support/  

We therefore plead for your financial support to rent the centre for a second year so we may be able to continue serving our community. The survival of the centre and our services rely on donations that we receive. 

“Visiting the Refugee Union centre in Sheung Wan yesterday was both uplifting and humbling. The wonderful people there exuded joy, happiness, appreciation and kindness. We were inspired to support and help them on their life’s journey.”  ~Andrew

We have been in operation at this centre since July 2021 and have welcomed hundreds of visitors, including volunteers and donors. It is here that our volunteers and members are able to interact, connect and aid in providing this community with essential donations. We are fortunate to receive regular deliveries of rice, bread, milk, canned food and fresh vegetables which we distribute to the families most in need. 

“I hope you are well. I did a drop-off of some food a few weeks ago and your staff were extremely friendly and thankful. It’s a lovely environment there. Thank you for what you are doing.” ~Janice

We pay $11,000 a month to rent this small space which has become the heart of our community. For some refugees, it is the most important place in town where they can meet friends and let their children play whilst receiving services. Over 1000 refugee families and their children visit every month and, thanks to your generous support, seldom leave empty handed! 

“We have worked with Refugee Union on several occasions in the past few years. My own family has experienced the difficulties of being a refugee, so the work RU does is even more special to me. I hope you can continue working and helping all of these people in need.” ~Alisha 

We welcome anyone in the community to visit our centre and learn about our predicament firsthand.

We are also grateful for the support and partnership with Drink for Justice whose monthly event supports our fundraiser for the rental payment of the centre. Please support and help us spread the word to not only raise funds for the rent but to raise awareness! We believe that together, we are stronger

Click to donate > https://go.sparkraise.com/keep-refugee-unions-center-running

 

Deserving or undeserving refugees?

Apr 13th, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

The war in Ukraine should make us reflect upon deep-seated biases held about “deserving” and “undeserving” refugees. Digging below the superficial justifications one might discover racism. The right to seek asylum is indeed universal 🤔
 
It doesn’t matter where you are from. It doesn’t matter what gender or colour you are. It doesn’t matter what job you had. Everyone has the right to seek asylum in another country if he/she believes that returning home is dangerous 🌏
 
We are thankful for the hundreds of supporters who get this and we are saddened by critics who believe we should welcome certain “deserving” refugees and turn away “undeserving” ones. If only they could walk in those shoes 👟