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May Round-Up at Refugee Union

Jun 13th, 2018 | Advocacy | Comment

May was a productive month at Refugee Union. From the members’ monthly meeting, to knitting classes, to the monthly fundraiser, Drink for Justice, members and friends of Refugee Union came together in solidarity and to raise awareness of refugee issues in Hong Kong. In addition, members of Refugee Union were invited to the West Island School last week where they connected with students over food and culture. Everyone worked together to prepare and enjoy dishes from Refugee Union members’ home countries. Thank you again to all who came out, donated, and participated in May events, and we look forward to celebrating World Refugee Day (June 20) next week. Every day is World Refugee Day!

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Making beautiful art during English classes with Canadian School students

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Band members and friends of Talents Displaced at the May Drink for Justice event at ACT Africa Coffee and Tea! They had a fantastic performance.

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Connecting through food and culture at West Island School

 

 

Thanks Donors!

May 24th, 2018 | Advocacy | Comment

On behalf of the families who participate in Cultural Diversity Playgroup, we would like to thank Disposable Soft Goods (DSG) LTD for their donation of Pet Pet baby diapers to Refugee Union families. Because the official monthly supply of diapers given to refugees and asylum seekers is woefully inadequate, this donation will enable families to maintain hygiene and take good care of their babies! 

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Refugee Union Cultural Diversity Playgroup says THANKS to donors for Pet Pet diapers donation!

Refugee Union continues to welcome donations of baby diapers, rice cookers and laptops (used but in good condition is OK) for its members and their families. A big thank you to DSG, and to all donors. We hope to see you at next week’s Drink for Justice event (31 May)!

Drink for Justice 7 – 31 May!

May 10th, 2018 | Advocacy, Refugee Community, RU updates, programs, events | Comment

Drink for Justice returns this month with an exciting new program!

Get ready to have your wit and knowledge challenged in a night of quizzes and group competitions staged at splendid, newly opened Africa Coffee and Tea.

Music group Talents Displaced will hold a special performance, comprising artists from across the globe.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support charity organization Refugee Union!

Tell your friends and join the most meaningful drinks free-flow event in town. Turn your Happy Hour in positive change.

Come out on 31 May, 6:30-9PM

Africa Coffee & Tea in Wong Chuk Hang (15/F, Suite 1501-1504, 41 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang MTR Exit A1

Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drink-for-justice-tickets-45790579857

RSVP on the Facebook event page

Learn more at www.drinkforjustice.org

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April Round-Up at Refugee Union

Apr 25th, 2018 | Advocacy, Refugee Community, RU updates, programs, events | Comment

It has been another busy month at Refugee Union, with excellent opportunities for fellowship among members of the refugee community, and with the Hong Kong community at large.

The Drink for Justice series continues to be an excellent event for building solidarity with the greater Hong Kong community, combating prejudice and preconceptions of people who have been forced to leave their homelands, and raising money for the members of Refugee Union and their families. At the April event, artwork from the children’s painting classes was exhibited for purchase, which raised some money for members of Refugee Union. Thank you to donors! All the money raised from the Drink for Justice events goes to refugees currently living in Hong Kong who struggle to subsist on the sub-par living allowances from International Social Services (ISS) as authorized by the Hong Kong government. Thanks to all who joined us at the event, and special thanks to La Vin Wines and Petit Cucina in Central for hosting us this past month.

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Folks enjoying themselves at Drink for Justice 6. Thanks for coming out and supporting the work of Refugee Union!

Earlier this month, Refugee Union held its monthly meeting, where members could come together and discuss common issues. At this meeting, Refugee Union welcomed a volunteer speaker to talk with members about how to stay physically healthy and fit despite the emotional and physical toll of waiting for the legal outcome on their asylum cases.

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Members of Refugee Union taking part in some fitness exercises during the monthly meeting.

Further, activities and programming at Refugee Union are in full swing. From painting, knitting and English classes for young people, to English and Cantonese classes for adults, members of Refugee Union make good use of their time as they await decisions on their asylum cases. Asylum seekers are not allowed to work in Hong Kong, leading to months and even years of being unable to pursue fruitful work in their careers.

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Children coming together to play, regardless of national origin, at cultural diversity playgroup, held every other Tuesday (next meeting is May 8). Any person in Hong Kong with young children is welcome to join!

If you would like to support the refugee community, members are currently seeking diapers, rice cookers, and laptops in good condition. Cash donations to Refugee Union are welcome as well to support programming events, like cultural diversity playgroup. If you are interested in volunteering at Refugee Union or making a donation, please email info@refugeeunion.org or call +852 9828 7176. Thank you for your support, and hope to see you at Refugee Union or at a future Drink for Justice event!

 

 

Racism is alive and well in Hong Kong, but there’s growing sympathy for refugee children

Apr 20th, 2018 | Advocacy, Government, Media | Comment

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Drink For Justice April: “Pour Amour”

Apr 10th, 2018 | Advocacy | Comment

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“This month Drink for Justice shines the spotlight on love, friendships and relationships at the highly anticipated all-you-can-drink “Dating for Justice”! Come join the loving excitement at the most intriguing DFJ to-date. Games, fun and much more will be on offer in a relaxed romantic atmosphere at “La Vin” – Central’s premiere wine-tasting venue.”

Come join us on Thursday April 19, 2018 from 6:30-9 PM at:

La Vin Wines and Petit Cucina

Basement, Yuen Yick Building

27 & 29 Wellington Street

Central

For a small donation ($200 early bird or $250 at the door) you are welcome to join in this exciting drinks free-flow event; meet like-minded people; and share stories of equality, indifference and justice.

All the proceeds will go to support charity organization Refugee Union.

Early bird tickets are on sale till 12 April.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drink-for-justice-tickets-44668370298
https://www.facebook.com/events/562378827480839/

This event is supported by ACT Africa Coffee & Tea

For more information, please visit drinkforjustice.org or if you would like to help plan the next event, email friends@drinkforjustice.org.

 

**Current donations requested by refugees: rice-cookers, diapers for babies, and laptops. Rice-cookers and laptops used in good condition are welcome as well. Thank you in advance for your support!**

Donors are welcome to make cash donations at Drink for Justice for this express purpose. Donors may also bring donations to Refugee Union headquarters during the week. Please email info@refugeeunion.org if you would like to drop off your donation to support the refugee community of Hong Kong. Thank you!

 

Spotlight on Global Refugee Crisis at Art Basel Hong Kong

Apr 4th, 2018 | Advocacy | Comment

"Ai Weiwei's cast of a dinghy of refugees, Law of the Journey" (Prototype A) (2017) in his show at Tang Contemporary Art"
“Ai Weiwei’s cast of a dinghy of refugees, Law of the Journey” (Prototype A) (2017) in his show at Tang Contemporary Art”

 

Ai Weiwei, artist and Chinese exile, discusses his work focusing on the global refugee crisis coming to Art Basel Hong Kong
Ai Weiwei, artist and Chinese exile, discusses his work focusing on the global refugee crisis. His art is featured at Art Basel Hong Kong.

 

Read more here:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/interview/ai-weiwei-i-m-like-a-high-end-refugee

Happy Easter from Refugee Union!

Apr 4th, 2018 | Advocacy, Education, RU updates, programs, events | Comment

Refugee Union wishes a Happy Easter to all! A special thanks to the students from Hong Kong Polytechnic University who spent their Easter weekend with the children of Refugee Union. The university students planned fantastic Art and Cantonese classes for the children, with an additional focus on sharing and building good character. Thank you again to the students from Hong Kong Polytechnic University! For those interested in volunteering their time and expertise with Refugee Union, you are welcome to get in touch with us at: info@refugeeunion.org.

Donations that refugees are currently seeking include: rice cookers, diapers for babies, and laptops. Used rice cookers and laptops in good condition are welcome, as well. Thank you!

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Hong Kong Polytechnic University students celebrating Easter with Refugee Union children

 

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University students leading a special arts class for the children of Refugee Union over the Easter weekend

March Round-Up at Refugee Union

Mar 26th, 2018 | Advocacy | Comment

March has a been a busy and fortifying month at Refugee Union. Thank you to all who attended Drink for Justice 5 at P&P, a fantastic new Italian restaurant in Sheung Wan. With over 50 guests, attendees enjoyed comedy and libations to raise funds for the refugee community of Hong Kong. Look out for more information on April’s Drink for Justice event – we hope to see you there!

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Guests enjoying stand-up, plus Italian food and drink, at P&P in Sheung Wan

 

Photo taken outside P&P -a warm welcome to Drink for Justice’s March comedy event

Refugee Union Monthly meeting

Refugee Union (RU)’s March Monthly meeting took place on March 12 at Refugee Union in Sai Ying Pun. The meeting was well-attended, and RU members raised several issues, including concerns over deportation, low living stipends, and needs for more humane monthly allotments of necessary household items. Members also voiced deep gratitude for donations of clothes and food. Always-needed donation items include baby formula, diapers, and household cleaning products. Thanks to donors in advance!

Refugee Union members attending the March monthly meeting to discuss refugee issues in Hong Kong
Refugee Union members attending the March monthly meeting to discuss refugee issues in Hong Kong

Painting and Knitting Classes

This month, kind individuals have donated their time and expertise to Refugee Union by hosting painting and knitting classes for refugee children in Hong Kong. On Friday nights, young participants have been able to hone their artistic skills with help from painting and knitting instructors, creating beautiful works of visual and textile art. We look forward to continued opportunities for collaboration with the greater Hong Kong community.

Painting classes for refugee children at Refugee Union - thank you to all artistic instructors!
Painting classes for refugee children at Refugee Union – thank you to all artistic instructors!

Cultural Diversity Playgroup

Refugee Union’s Cultural Diversity Playgroup has been a great success, with babies, toddlers, and families coming together in a spirit of mutual support and solidarity. Playgroup has now moved to every other Tuesday (used to be Wednesday) from 11 AM-12 PM at Refugee Union Office,  3/F, 102 First Street Sai Ying Pun. All families with young children (baby and toddler-aged) are welcome to join! The next playgroup will be March 27th.

Babies, toddlers, and families coming together at Cultural Diversity Playgroup, every other Tuesday at Refugee Union
Babies, toddlers, and families coming together at Cultural Diversity Playgroup, every other Tuesday at Refugee Union

Meet 4 female activists making a difference on a daily basis

Mar 7th, 2018 | Advocacy, Refugee Community | Comment

HKFP - Four Female Activists - 6Mar2018Read more here: https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/06/pictures-hong-kong-heroes-meet-4-female-activists-making-difference-daily-basis/

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