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.
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 February 4th, a student from ESF Discovery College set up a website for fellow students to exchange letters with refugees to share experiences and cultivate friendships. Thank you for bringing this meaningful initiative to the attention of your peers.
On February 6th, we were honored to gather with Simon Mak and Dr. Bo Zhou of Ascent Partners, as well as Andrew Woo and colleagues of Antech Solutions, to brainstorm broader support for refugees.
On February 10th, we were invited by the YMCA Christian Academy to share our lived experiences as refugees with teachers and students. We were also honored to visit ESF West Island School, Hong Kong International School, and ESF Glenealy School later this month to give a presentation for teachers and students. We would also like to thank them for arranging donation campaigns for our refugee members.
On February 11th, we were grateful to Michelle of the Hong Kong International School Heritage for organizing an art class for refugee children. The artwork will be turned into NFTs and fundraised for refugees. Thank you very much!
On February 13th, we were delighted to have Erin and Andrea of Don’t Throw Me visit our center. We have been nominated as one of the beneficiaries of their platform to swap, sell, donate, and breathe new life into clothes and other goods. We also thank Take Out Plastic for hosting a clothes swap campaign and donating clothes to our refugee members.
On February 14th, we welcomed Clayton, a journalism student, who interviewed and took photos of our refugee members with a view to publish a booklet about refugees in Hong Kong and the services we provide to support them.
On February 17th, we were delighted to have our student interns from Hong Kong Shue Yan University patiently teach refugee children to finish homework. Thanks also go to students from the University of Hong Kong who gave a tutorial session for refugee children later this month.
On February 20th, we were thrilled to announce the establishment of a partnership with Wee Bean. We were also thankful for their sales initiative to support refugee children. Please visit their website for more details.
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 email@example.com or visit our center during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm).