Press Release: Request for Increase in Assistance

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Press Release: Request for Increase in Assistance

Apr 7th, 2020 | Advocacy, Food, Government, Housing, Media, Refugee Community, Welfare | Comment

Refugee Union Press Release (Petition to SWD) - 7Apr2020

March Roundup

Mar 29th, 2020 | Advocacy | Comment

Refugee Union was founded in 2014 with visions to safeguard protection claimants’ rights and to ameliorate their prospects. Since our commencement of service, we have been working closely with our partners in community and have been organising diversified of programmes to actualise members’ psychological and social well-being.

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CALLING FOR AN URGENT INCREASE IN ASSISTANCE

Seeking asylum in Hong Kong, one of the world’s costliest cities, is never an easy task for asylum seekers and refugees with limited financial assistance but without permission to self-sustain, while the current COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated our predicament. To express our concerns, we continued a series of advocacy with the support of professionals, volunteers and our passionate members.

On March 5, we delivered a petition to Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive, on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong to call for an urgent increase in the level of assistance to help us overcome huge challenges in such a difficult time. 

To raise public awareness, on March 24, we also launched a video clip in social media which has introduced our organisation and issues about asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong as follow:

https://www.facebook.com/refugeeunionhk/videos/215713693010840/

We would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Julie Ham of the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and her Assistant Merina Sunuwar for their great efforts in producing this meaningful video.

DONATIONS KEEPS GOING

While most of our activities have been suspended due to the pandemic, donations keep going to cater for members’ substantial needs. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Donors for sending us a wide range of items, including health care products and other utilities. We are grateful to have all of you lending us a helping hand when we are in need.

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NEW PLATFORMS NOW AVAILABLE

To facilitate the sharing of information, we are now on Twitter (@RefugeeUnion) and Instagram (@refugeeunion). Feel free to subscribe us for the updates. We are also thankful to have a group of talented university students helping us to set up a crowdfunding page at the link below:

https://gogetfunding.com/refugees-in-hong-kong-need-your-help/?fbclid=IwAR0EyDzYwwZPzztqP2NROjdNtNoCspu_1X6wF1k9PNLolGMc_pxx8iK1MvI

Despite in a difficult time, we serve with our initial heart as usual, sparing no pain to pursuing a better society with justice and fairness to everyone, regardless of who they are and where they are from. Stay tuned to our official website and social media pages for the updates, and feel free to contact us by visiting our office or sending us email at info@refugeeunion.org should you have any enquiry.

Social Welfare Dept reply to our petition for increase in assistance

Mar 21st, 2020 | Advocacy, Food, Government, Housing, Welfare | Comment

SWD reply to RU petition - 19Mar2020

February Roundup

Mar 4th, 2020 | Advocacy | Comment

Refugee Union Hong Kong was founded in 2014 with visions to safeguard protection claimants’ rights and ameliorate their prospects. Since our commencement of service, we have been working closely with our partners in community and organising diversified of programmes to actualise members’ psychological and social well-being.

Calling for an Urgent Increase in Assistance

Seeking refuge in Hong Kong, one of the world’s costliest cities, is never an easy task, while the current coronavirus outbreak has aggravated our hardship. To express members’ concerns, we submitted a petition to Social Welfare Department on February 27, requesting the government to increase the amount of assistance, up to the standard that asylum seekers can survive with dignity.

RU petition to SWD - 26Feb2020 (4)

Donations Keeps Going

While most of our activities have been suspended due to the epidemic, donations keep going to cater for members’ substantial needs. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Donors for sending us a wide range of items, including health care products and other utilities. We are grateful to have them lending us a helping hand.

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Despite in a difficult time, we serve with our initial heart as usual, sparing no pain to pursuing a better society with justice and fairness to everyone, regardless of who they are and where they are from. Stay tuned to our official website and Facebook page for the updates, and feel free to contact us by visiting our office or sending us email at info@refugeeunion.org should you have any enquiry.

Request for an urgent increase in assistance

Feb 26th, 2020 | Advocacy, Food, Housing, Welfare | Comment

RU petition to SWD - 26Feb2020 (1)

 

RU petition to SWD - 26Feb2020 (4)

January Roundup

Feb 19th, 2020 | Advocacy | Comment

Happy New Year! We wish everyone the best of health in the year of the mouse. Refugee Union Hong Kong was founded in 2014 with visions to safeguard the rights of protection claimants and to ameliorate their living standards and prospects. Since our commencement of service, we have been working closely with different stakeholders in the community and have organised diversified programmes to actualise our members’ social and psychological well-being.

Donations

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the following Donors: Madam Teresa for donating us toys, clothing; HSBC Team for donating us chairs in good quality; and other anonymous Donors for donating us useful home items. Thank you very much for your kind heart!

Events

On 20 January, we were invited to a Community Fair organised by the Discovery College. It was a nice chance to raise public awareness about refugee issues. Thank you very much for the invitation!

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For regular events, every Tuesday we welcome all members to join our Yoga class, a healthy sport to mitigate our stress and refresh our mind. On Saturday we have Dr. Terrence Shum from the Open University of Hong Kong teaches us Cantonese, through strengthening language proficiency to help us better fit-in to community. On the same day, we also have a tutorial session led by a group of committed students from the Canadian International School, teaching children homework and assisting them in doing revision.

Despite current epidemic situations, we, as usual, serve with our initial heart, sparing no pain to pursuing a better society with justice and fairness to everyone, regardless of who they are and where they belong to. Stay tuned to our official website and Facebook page for more information and updates, and feel free to contact us by visiting our office or sending us email at info@refugeeunion.org should you have any enquiry.

December Roundup

Jan 3rd, 2020 | Advocacy | Comment

Merry Christmas! We had a fruitful month this December. Refugee Union Hong Kong was founded in 2014 with visions to safeguard the rights of protection claimants, simultaneously to ameliorate their living standards and life chances. Since our establishment, we have been cooperating closely with different stakeholders in the community, including but not limited to schools, corporates and charities, organising diversified programmes to actualise our members’ social and psychological well-being.

DONATIONS

This month we are grateful to receive donations of necessities from the Amber Foundation. We are also elated by the donations of Christmas boxes—in a bulk amount—from the German Swiss International School, Madam Eva and other anonymous donors. Thank you very much for their generosity!

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Meanwhile, we are honoured to have a group of volunteer doctors from the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong visiting us and providing free medical consultation services for our members—adults, kids and families. Thank you in advance for their time and efforts!

Medical Visit

To share the joy of the festival, we held a Christmas party on 21 December with our donors, volunteers and members joining us. Thank you everyone for coming, we had the warmest winter!

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For regular activities, every Tuesday we welcome all members to join our Yoga class—a healthy sport for stress mitigation and mind refreshment. Besides, we have Dr. Terrence Shum from the Open University of Hong Kong teaching Cantonese on every Saturday—strengthening language proficiency to better fit-in to community. On the same day, we also have a tutorial session lead by a group of committed students from the Canadian International School, teaching children homework and assisting them in doing revision.

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Approaching the end of 2019, we would like to grasp this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who have been supporting us since always. Despite the hardship induced by current upheavals, we, as usual, serving with our initial heart, sparing no pain to pursuing a better society with justice and fairness to everyone, regardless of who they are and where they belong to. Stay tuned to our official website and Facebook page for more information and updates, and feel free to contact us by visiting our office or sending us email at info@refugeeunion.org should you have any enquiry. We wish everyone all the best in the coming year!

 

November Roundup

Dec 5th, 2019 | Advocacy | Comment

Refugee Union Hong Kong was founded in 2014 with visions to safeguard protection claimants’ rights and to optimise their prospects. Since our establishment, we have been working closely with our committed volunteers and organising various programmes for the sake of actualising our members’ social and psychological well-being.

DONATIONS

This month we are grateful to receive donations of toys from Ms. Dawn as children’s Christmas gifts. Thank you very much! Everyone is in ecstasy.

May we also express our sincere gratitude to Amber Foundation and the Boxes of Hope for donating us a large amount of necessities. Thank you for being so considerate to our needs.

EVENTS

On 11 November, we are honoured to have Miss Sarah giving us a special visit. Thank you for devoting time and effort to educate our children. We are so thankful, it means a lot to us.

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For advocacy purposes, we have launched a series of flyers to introduce public about the current situation of forced migrants who are the asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong. Please feel free to share them with your friends in social media if you find the information useful.

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Every Tuesday we are delighted to have a Yoga class for our members to mitigate stress and to refresh their mind.

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Every Saturday we also have Dr. Terrence Shum from the Open University of Hong Kong (OpenU) teaching our members Cantonese, through strengthening language proficiency to better fit-in to the community.

Last but not least, we are glad to have a tutorial session organised by a group of passionate and committed students from the Canadian International School of Hong Kong on every Saturday, teaching children homework and assisting them in doing revision. Here we would like to grasp this chance to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of our donors and volunteers for their continuous support and concern to our community.

Despite the hardship brought by current upheavals, we, as usual, serve with our initial heart and spare no pain to pursue a better society with justice and fairness to everyone, regardless of who they are and where they come from. Please stay tuned to our official website and Facebook for the latest information. For enquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact us by visiting our office or sending us an email at info@refugeeunion.org.

October Roundup

Nov 4th, 2019 | Advocacy | Comment

The Refugee Union Hong Kong was founded in 2014 with visions to safeguard forced migrants’ fundamental rights, in specific, to improve members’ living conditions and optimise their prospects. Since our establishment, we have been working closely with our committed volunteers, organising various programmes and activities to actualise our members’ social and psychological well-being.

DONATIONS

On 18 October, we are grateful to receive donations of baby products from Donor Ms. Down, including cleaners, toys and other necessities. Thank you very much!

EVENTS

On 9 October, we are privileged to have medical students from local universities reaching out to us and seeking cooperation opportunities. Thank you for concerning forced migrants’ mental health issues!

Medical Students Society Visit

On 12 October, we co-organised the “Know Your Rights” workshop about civil law in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Centre for Pro Bono Service Limited (CPBS), Table of Two Cities, The Wandering Voice, and Dream Impact (in no particular order). Thank you everyone for joining us and flourishing mutual learning!

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On 19 October, we partnered with students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and organised a natural handmade workshop for our members. We invited teachers from the Fruit Peels Family to teach us ways to make dish washing detergent and soap by using natural ingredients. This activity is part of the I·CARE Social Service Projects Scheme 2018/19 and funded by the I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development, CUHK. Here we would like to express our gratitude to the Donors for their generous support. And we appreciate students’ passion to serve.

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Every Tuesday we are glad to have yoga class organised for our members to release stress, refresh mind and train up health. Thank you teachers for their great efforts!

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Every Saturday we are honoured to have Dr. Terrence Shum from the Open University of Hong Kong (OpenU) teaching our members Cantonese. Thank you Dr. Shum for his continuous support to our community!

Cantonese Class

Meanwhile, we also have Canadian Tutoring Session organised by students from Canadian International School of Hong Kong on every Saturday, with a group of committed senior-year students coming, teaching kids school assignments and assisting them in doing revision.

Despite a difficult time, we as usual serving with heart, pursuing a better society with justice and fairness for everyone in Hong Kong, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Please visit our office for more information. Again, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all donors and volunteers who stand with us. Keep visiting our website and Facebook for the latest information. For enquiry, please don’t hesitate to visit our office or email us at info@refugeeunion.org.

 

September Roundup

Oct 9th, 2019 | Advocacy | Comment

Refugee Union Hong Kong was founded in 2014 with visions to safeguard asylum seekers and refugees’ fundamental rights, to improve their living conditions and to optimise their future prospects. Since our establishment, we have been working closely with our committed volunteers, organising different activities to actualise members’ social and psychological well-being.

DONATIONS

On 9 September, we are grateful to have the Hong Kong International Laugh Festival for donating ten tickets of “Improv for Kids” comedy show to our members. Thank you very much!

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On 18 September, we are grateful to have kind-hearted donors for donating us babies’ items to our members. Thank you very much!

Donation 2

On 23 September, we are grateful to have the Rotaract Club donating necessities to our members. Thank you very much!

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EVENTS

On 14 September, we are glad to have the Table of Two Cities inviting us to their party and having a taste of cuisines around the world. Thank you for sharing a joyful moment with us!

Event 1

Every Saturday we are honoured to have Dr. Terrence Shum from the Open University of Hong Kong coming to our office and teaching our adult members Cantonese. Thank you Dr. Shum for your continuous support to our community!

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Despite a difficult time, we as usual serving with heart, pursuing a better society with justice and fairness for everyone in Hong Kong, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Please visit our office for more information. Again, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all donors and volunteers who stand with us. Keep visiting our website and Facebook for the latest information. For enquiry, please don’t hesitate to visit our office or email us at info@refugeeunion.org.

 

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