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August Roundup at the Refugee Union

Sep 27th, 2018 | RU updates, programs, events | Comment

This August was a fruitful month at the Refugee Union. Members stayed active in attending our monthly meeting and voicing their opinions to improve the living condition and fundamental rights for the refugee community. Meanwhile, our regular programmes continued to operate for actualising refugees’ well-being and supporting where we can. 

During the Cultural Diversity Playgroup, certificates were presented to refugee kids who have got into kindergarten.

The Cultural Diversity Playgroup is held every Tuesday for refugee babies to learn through interactive activities. It also provides opportunities for other refugees of different cultural backgrounds to know each others and to share their own stories. The Canadian Tutoring Session on every Saturday offers free tutorial class for refugee children to help with their school assignments and revision. Interested members please visit our office for more information.

Volunteers taught during the Canadian Tutoring Session.

On 25 August, students of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) organised a one-day tour around the Hong Kong Island for refugee families, participants had a taste of Chinese culture “yum cha” and tried local cuisines “dim sum” at the Chinese restaurant, they also shared joyful moments in the Observation Wheel and The Peak.

Photo taken outside the Lin Heung Tea House during the Hong Kong Island One-day Tour.

On 31 August, the Social Welfare Department replied our petition sent earlier on 20 June during the World Refugee Day, click here for more information.

We would like to show our heartfelt gratitude to volunteers who stand with us. Keep visiting our website and Facebook to have the latest information. For enquiry, please don’t hesitate to visit our office or email us at info@refugeeunion.org.

Mini Acts for the Greater Good is bringing paintings by refugees from all over the world to Hong Kong

Sep 4th, 2018 | Personal Experiences, RU updates, programs, events | Comment

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Talents Displaced – a story of music and refugees in Hong Kong

Aug 23rd, 2018 | RU updates, programs, events | Comment

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Summer News Round-Up at Refugee Union

Aug 13th, 2018 | RU updates, programs, events | Comment

This summer has been a productive one at Refugee Union. From new programming for members to monthly meetings and fundraisers, members have stayed active, alert, and focused on improving conditions for all the refugee community in Hong Kong.

This month, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) students started offering new Cantonese classes for adults and young people. While many Refugee Union members hope to be resettled elsewhere since Hong Kong has a less than 1% acceptance rate of refugees, they are making the most of their time in Hong Kong. Most members have waited years for their claims or their family’s claims to be processed, and being unable to work leaves them in a constant state of anxiety, boredom and limbo. Nevertheless, members do their best to be productive members of society, such as by studying Cantonese.

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Refugee Union members studying Cantonese with CUHK students

 

Our other programs continued this summer -including cultural diversity playgroup for infants and toddlers. This group is a great way for families in and out of the refugee community to come together, play, learn, and share their own backgrounds and experiences together. We have more in common with one another than one might think. If you are interested in attending with your baby, playgroup happens every other Tuesday. See our Facebook page for more information.

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Babies and parents enjoying a story at Cultural Diversity playgroup

Some other exciting programming from this summer included a fellowship gathering with Junior Chamber International and Lions Club Hong Kong IFC, as well as “Are You Asleep Yet?” a Shakespeare for All (S4A) Interactive Concert for young people. We really appreciate groups reaching out to us, because such collaborations yield beautiful moments for folks from different communities and backgrounds to come together.

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Refugee Union, Junior Chamber International, and Lions Club of Hong Kong IFC come together in fellowship on a really hot July day!

Finally, our monthly all-you-can eat and drink fundraiser, Drink for Justice, was a fantastic event with folks from all over Hong Kong. Last month it took place at Capo Centrale, a delicious new Italian restaurant in Soho, where guests were invited to take the stage in an open-mic. From spoken word to rap, drag king lip sync to ukelele, guests from in and out of the refugee community shared their talents with a raucous supportive crowd, all while raising awareness and money for the refugee community of Hong Kong. Look out for our next Drink for Justice happening later this month.

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The situation continues to be fraught for refugees, as one can see in the articles on our webpage, and in reading or watching the daily news. Stand strong against fear and discrimination, and reach out to refugees in your community. Our differences only make us stronger. Should you have any questions, or interest in volunteering with Refugee Union, please email us: info@refugeeunion.org, or check out our Facebook page.

Drink For Justice 9 – 26 July

Jul 9th, 2018 | RU updates, programs, events | Comment

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Drink For Justice 8 – 19 June

Jun 15th, 2018 | RU updates, programs, events | Comment

Make new friends,
build support networks and
promote genuine solidarity, 
one drink at a time.

This month we celebrate World Refugee Day by going the extra mile. An exclusive and exciting lineup of local and international talent will shine a spotlight on comedy, music, dance and the art of mixing drinks. Join us at iconic Employees Only for a night of fine tunes, special cocktails and an epic open mic program! Be brave, speak up!

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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!

 

 

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

February Round-Up at Refugee Union

Feb 27th, 2018 | Advocacy, Refugee Community, RU updates, programs, events | Comment

Enjoying drumming at Drink for Justice 4 (photo credit Josh Tam)
Enjoying drumming at Drink for Justice 4 (photo credit Josh Tam)

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Last month’s Drink For Justice event was “smooth sailing” at Fishteria in Wan Chai. With excellent food and drink, as well as fantastic art and music, over 40 professionals, refugees, and concerned citizens came together to discuss pressing social issues and voice solidarity for the refugee community of Hong Kong. Thanks to Josh Tam for the amazing photography of the event!

Please join us for our next Drink for Justice event on March 15th, 6:30-9 PM, at P&P in Sheung Wan. Stand-up comedy performances for the brave, and delicious Italian food and drink for all. See you there!

Guests enjoying the raffle at Drink for Justice 4 (PC: Josh Tam)
Guests enjoying the raffle at Drink for Justice 4 (PC: Josh Tam)

Refugee Union’s February Monthly Meeting
This month’s meeting was a successful gathering despite the cold weather. Refugee Union (RU) members discussed the current programming at RU (join us at the next baby/toddler cultural diversity playgroup Wednesday February 28th, 11-12 PM, at Refugee Union!) as well as continued concerns and challenges of living as a refugee in Hong Kong. The recent deportation of 68 Vietnamese asylum seekers in December deeply shook the larger refugee community. Families especially worry about being separated from children who are born in Hong Kong if their cases for asylum are rejected.

Donations
Thank you for the donations of winter clothes and blankets! We are continuing to accept donations of diapers, baby formula and food. Other necessary items we are accepting include assorted cleaning products, tissues, and toilet paper. These products are essential in any household, but refugees receive only 1 roll of toilet paper from ISS…for a whole month. Refugees may only purchase certain food items at Park n’ Shop, meaning that they are restricted from purchasing many necessary household items, like dish soap. Thank you for your ongoing support!

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