New Day HK Fund update – August, 2018

2018 Grant

New Day is pleased to confirm our support for Pathfinders with a HK$50,000 grant made in June to cover a shortfall in the running costs of their shelter for migrant women and their babies.

PathFinders’ Cedar Shelter located in Kennedy Town is an existing shelter for mothers and their babies – having a maximum capacity of housing 5 mothers and their children. The shelter is within the Queen Mary Hospital catchment area as PathFinders would like to have their clients in close proximity to good medical care and facilities.

Update from 2017 HK Fund grantees – Teens Key and Splash

Splash Foundation has completed their build out of the Splash website that was funded through our HK Fund grant.  The results are fantastic and the site is now interactive and allows for direct registration by migrant workers for the free swimming lessons.

Photo by Adriana Lica: Splash

Teens Key has experienced a year of growth and has attracted some promising new donors.  Their outreach program that was funded by our HK Fund grant has made considerable progress and continues to be a vital way for them to reach the most vulnerable girls in need of help.  You can read the report prepared for New Day here: Impact report_Teen’s Keypptx

Photos credit: Leah Valle

 

New Day HK Fund – Meetings with Splash and Teen’s Key

The HK Fund team met with our two grantees, Splash Foundation and Teen’s Key to meet their team and get an update on our funded projects. 

Splash – In October, New Day members Roxanne Ismail, Elizabeth Thomson, Liza Green and Susan Clear met with Splash Founders Simon Holliday and Libby Alexander.  Simon and Libby gave the team an update on their website development (which New Day is funding) as well as exciting plans for the future expansion of Splash.

Teen’s Key – In September Liza Green and Stephanie Schmidt visited the Teen’s Key offices and met Bowie Lam, the Founder and director and her 2 colleagues, an outreach worker and social worker. Stephanie summarised the visit as follows: “Liza and I came away very inspired by 3 (very) young women with limitless energy and passion for assisting vulnerable and high risk young girls in Hong Kong. Bowie had a very clear present and future vision for Teens Key. They are currently working hard to expand their charity networks and partners and exploring ways to diversify their funding sources.”

Liza also had the opportunity to meet Bowie again at the STARS Foundation conference along with Seila Samleang, from New Day grantee APLE Cambodia.  Both Teen’s Key and APLE are STARS Foundation awardees.

New Day HK Fund Supports Teens Key and Splash

The New Day HK Fund invited applications for all or part of the HK$100,000 available grant money. The HK Fund Committee members were delighted to receive applications from a number of organisations doing great work for worthy causes in Hong Kong. Many New Day members have been interested in learning more about HK grassroots work, and the HK Fund application exercise has been interesting and eye-opening from that point of view. We have had to make the difficult decision of how to apply our funding. In the end, the committee was firmly united in choosing 2 charities to be this year’s grantees. (Information about the other applicants who were unsuccessful in this year’s exercise can be provided on request).

We will donate $60,000 to Teen’s Key. It’s mission is to protect young women and girls of approx 13-25 years old in the sex industry. This is clearly precisely within our mission statement. The project to be funded will provide outreach support, including health tests and medical referrals, counselling and continuing education and vocational training. More information about Teen’s Key is available at www.teenskey.org.

Photo: Teen’s Key
Photo credit to Michael Kistler

We will also donate $40,000 to Splash which conducts swimming and safety courses for under-served communities who may not have access to swimming lessons ( particularly foreign domestic workers). The work of Splash has also led to the development of a mutually supportive community. The project to be funded is the development of online tools in relevant languages so that pool practice time is used optimally. More information about Splash is available at www.splashfoundation.org.

Photo by Adriana Lica: Splash

We aim to meet these 2 charities soon. The use of funds and project outcomes will be monitored within the 12-month period after grant.

Should any New Day Members be interested in involvement in the HK Fund, please contact hkfund@newdayasia.org.