On January 13, HKFWC and our partners in the Alliance for Childcarers met with the Complaints Division of the Legislative Council Secretariat to voice our concerns with the paucity of childcare services. The Alliance then staged a public demonstration in front of the Central Government Offices. The following media reported on the event:TVB News, ATV News, Oriental Daily News, Apple Daily HK, Ming Pao, The Sun, Sing Tao Daily , HK Daily News, AM730 and Exmoo News [ in Chinese only ]
“Upcycling Tai Po” Project
Household Items Upcycling Workshops
During January, the Community Mamas hosted five workshops throughout the community, enlightening 85 attendees with the art of upcycling. The workshops were held at the Rhenish Church Grace School, the Lam Tsuen Public Wong Fook Luen Memorial School, and our own Jockey Club Lai Kok and Tai Wo Centres. The workshop at Tai Wo also premiered our first attempt at making cleaning detergents.
Home waste upcycling competition
With an enthusiastic Facebook voting campaign, the winners were:
Most Facebook “Likes” Award
First Place: Weaved Leather Bag Patchwork Quilt
Second Place: Recycled Leather Bag
Third Place: Patchwork Quilt
Date and venue of the award ceremony with an exhibit of winning entries will be announced later.
Project is supported by the Sustainable Development Fund.
“Cherish Food”: Food Sharing Programme
During the month, the International Buddhist Progress Society donated 250 bowls of plain-congee to us. Plain though it may be, to the pre-registered queue of recipients, the steaming hot and mouth-watering pot was heart-warming indeed.
As we approach the festive Chinese New Year, it is a time of gathering for families and friends; and a time of gift giving and feasting. These gifts often ended up being given away to the needy in the community, though some wastage is unavoidable, given shelf live limitations of food products. We again ask the community to avoid excesses and wastage.
This project is supported by the Food Share Fund.
Make A Difference: Building a Sustainable Cross-sectoral Carers’ Support Network
In January, we held our third carers’ roadshow at the Kwong Fuk Estate. The roadshow organized by house captains and peer counselors, featured games stalls and Chinese medicine health talks. Local NGO’s from the estate were also invited in support of our activities. All together, over 300 from the community stopped by.
This programme is supported by the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund.
Advocacy Project on Proposing a Childcare Support Scheme for Low-income Families
On January 13, on the eve of the Policy Address by the Chief Executive, the Childcare Concerned Group and the Alliance for Childcarers met with five legislators at the Complaints Division of the Legislative Council Secretariat. Legislators present included the Hon Wu Chi-wai, the Hon Cheung Kwok-che, the Dr Hon Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, the Hon Leung Yiu-chung and the Hon Wong Yuk-man. We voiced our concerns with the paucity of childcare services, and urged the legislators to take up our cause. The members present agreed to arrange for a joint meeting with the LegCo’s Panel on Welfare Services and the Panel on Education, hopefully expediting relief for the truly needy. After the meeting, the Alliance demonstrated at the Central Government Offices and delivered a petition to the Administration.
On January 17, the Childcare Concerned Group also attended the LegCo hearing on the implementation of the 15-year free education. We expressed the view that free-kindergarten education should include full-day or long-day pre-schools, the availability of which means often freeing up women for gainful job opportunities. The proposed policy leaning towards free-kindergarten for half days school is in fact discriminatory.
Hearts Talk Drama Group
With funding from the Women’s Commission, twelve members of the hearts talk drama group have received drama training since June 2014. Recently, they performed at the Un Chau Estate, Kwai Fong Estate and Tin Shui Wai from December 13, 2014 to January 14 of this year. The performances, with a woman’s employment themes, were various entitled “Exhausted Amy”, “Age discrimination”, “Timid May” and “Joy of Volunteering.” The performances were followed by enthusiastic discussions with community members.