Volunteer Sharing – Build & Wish Voluntary Team

Volunteer Translator: Wendy   Yesterday was a memorable day for “Build & Wish Voluntary Team” and “Footprint Voluntary Team”. We have kick-started the first joint volunteer project “Debugging Works - for the needy with the needy by the needy”, a free service for the underprivileged households with serious bug attack for years without any help anywhere. Our first experience on Debugging Works was about helping a 90-year-old elderly suffered from bed bugs for years. The condition was so severe that the home care services like household cleaning and meal delivery were suspended. Special thanks to Joe, the chairman of  “Footprint

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Fair trade in Hong Kong

Volunteer Reporter: Alva Chan; Volunteer Translator: Candy Chow   Fair Trade minimizes the exploitation of producers. It provides a safe workplace for workers and farmers in developing countries and ensures a fair return for their labor. Fair Trade enables a respectable livelihood, creates a balanced relationship between producers and businesses, reduces environmental degradation and enables a sustainable, just society.   The origin of Fair Trade Hong Kong In 2002, Oxfam started to promote fair trade but only minimal impacts were created as the issue was rather unfamiliar to Hong Kong society. Not until a World Trade Organization meeting was held in

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How to Ensure Healthy Growth of a Child?

Establishing a Children's Commission without Delay Hong Kong population is aging gradually while the pillars of our future society, i.e. 1.1 million children aged below 18 are not concerned. Cases of child neglect and psychological abuse has soared 50% in the past three years. One of my friends is a tutor for primary students, he reckons that there is too much homework for Hong Kong student; pressure in exams is high, thus the government should establish a Children’s Commission as soon as possible to formulate a long-term future development plan for children, in order to let children receive quality education and

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Feeding Tummy or Filling Land?

Everyone knows the prevalent Bible story of five loaves two fishes feeding five thousands, but the five loaves refers to five loaves of bread instead of five biscuits in Chinese version. There are around 600 bakeries1 now throughout Hong Kong, that makes us wonder how many household can be fed indeed by surplus left from these bakeries every day? Every day thousands tonnes of bread or other leftovers are sent to landfills, so do we want to live on the “Bread Mountain” in future? Bread may seem to be an ordinary breakfast option or just a quick grab for filling

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Special Experience on Elderly Services

When we talk about elderly voluntary services, what come first to our mind are home visiting, home cleaning etc. In addition to that, we could also express our care and warm wishes to elderly persons throughout more practical action. For example, trained volunteers can perform a simple assessment or testing on the elderly and referring to the appropriate specialists or healthcare professionals for following up checking in door-to-door mode if needed after completion of 1.5 hours training programme.   Volunteer Reporter: Kitty Volunteer Translator: LEE Yeung-siu                       Recently, I have

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Learn to be a Tree Ambassador – from Tree Observation to Reflection of Urban Afforestation in Hong Kong

When it comes to Queen’s Road East in Wanchai, what comes up to your mind in the very first place? Gourmet in Starstreet Precinct? Lee Tung Avenue? Or Hung Shing Temple? It is rare but worth to mention that Wanchai is indeed a spectacular spot for tree observation with quite a lot of blooming trees and special species in the district.   Volunteer Reporter: Ellen Wong Translated by Voluntary Translator Aileen Ip   Lately I have participated in the “Roots & Shoots Campaign: Tree Eye in the City”, a two-day tree docent training program that held by Jane Goodall Institute,

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