- Art in Hospital
- Chi Heng Foundation
- Children's Thalassaemia Foundation
- Crossroads Foundation
- Families of SMA Charitable Trust
- Fu Hong Society
- Hong Chi Morning Hill School
- Hong Kong Alzheimer's Disease Association
- InspiringHK Sports Foundation
- Int'l Church of the Foursquare Gospel - H.K. District
- Intellectually Disabled Education and Advocacy League (IDEAL)
- Justice Centre Hong Kong
- KELY Support Group
- Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre
- RDA Academy
- Sailability Hong Kong
- Senior Citizen Home Safety Association
- Sowers Action
- The Women's Foundation
- Women’s Welfare Club Western District Hong Kong Chung Hok Elderly Centre
- Youth Diabetes Action
“Walk on” may be words of encouragement spoken to her horse by Hong Kong’s Paralympic equestrian athlete Natasha Tse Pui-ting, but they are also words she has been living by for the last 15 years of her horse riding journey.
“It’s everywhere. It’s on the bus, in the market, on the streets ...”
< Personal Story> Ka Lok, 3 years old, comes from a low income family in Sham Shui Po. He could not speak clearly and has problem in balancing which makes him fall often. He would also scream aloud and run around when he is excited.
Xiaolei, 19 year old, grew up in rural Henan. Despite disabilities in his legs, he had done well in school. However he learned that he had contracted HIV when he visited a doctor four years ago. Neighbors began distancing themselves, he lost all hope and even contemplated suicide.
Wong CY is a 6-year boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). CY comes from a low income family. CY needs both occupational therapy (OT) and speech therapy (ST) to improve his motor skills and communication skills. Family is financially very tight. They have been on the waiting list for government subsidized service for 2 years.
Lilibeth, 33 years old, a teacher from the Philippines, she was made to eat expired food, sleep on the floor without a mattress, and work from 6:30am until 1:00 am. Suffered from verbal abused, passport confiscated and salary delayed, Lilibeth terminated her employment contract of being worked as domestic helper here in Hong Kong.
Amy has worked for a commercial firm for years. She was sexually harassed by a male colleague over a period of months. The harasser displayed unwelcome attention to her and even molested her. She was seriously disturbed, she felt isolated and distressed. She resigned from the job and sought support from a psychiatrist to manage the emotional pain.
Ms. Fung is suffering early dementia and currently one of the day care service users of the Christian Family Service Centre Mind Lock Memory & Cognitive Training Centre, while her regular needs at home is being taken care of by her daughter, Ms Leung.
Madam KY Wong, 67 years-old lady was diagnosed with dementia 4 years ago. Her condition is deteriorating to moderate stage already. Her Husband, Mr. CK So always feels guilty and blames himself. “I broke the relationship with my son in 2009 and thus leading to depression and dementia of my wife afterwards.” “KY was a brilliant woman in workplace, a good wife and mother in family. However, she now needs much attention and care, even unable to express herself well.”
Mrs. Au, now 59 years old, is a housewife and mother of two youngsters. Her husband was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in 2011 and recovered after a year of various medical treatment. However, his cancer came back in 2014. Due to her husband’s difficulties swallowing and speaking, the daily care of and communication with her husband were made challenging. Nontheless Mrs. Au still had to take up part-time jobs to support the family financially.
Replacement of Existing Rehabus. Physical handicapped people, especially the wheelchair users, who are difficult to walk and inconvenience to take the public transport, are the beneficiaries under the scheme from Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth.
<Personal Story> Chu Wing Sum, now aged 5, was born with Down Syndrome. Since her mother is not familiar with social services in Hong Kong, she registered pre-school service for Wing Sum only when she was 3.5 years old. At that moment, her mother was extremely anxious and felt helpless when she knew it took around 1.5 years to wait for a pre-school placement in Hong Kong.
Ms Li’s son has been suffering from schizophrenia for several years. It was very difficult for her and other family members to communicate with him. Ms Li could not understand her son’s annoying and aggressive behaviour, resulting in unnecessary conflicts between them. She felt very stressed as she did not know where to seek help.
Medical & Physical Disabilities - Ebenezer School & Home for the Visually Impaired <Personal Story> Yu Lam is a cheerful girl aged at 7 who is studying in Primary 1 of Ebenezer School in Hong Kong. She was diagnosed as cone rod dystrophy and global delay. Her visual ability was seriously affected with severe low vision, and she had obesity while her feet were slightly deformed as flat feet.
Children at Half the Sky's Children's Center in Guiyang. <Personal Story> When Yuantao joined Half the Sky's Infant Nurture program in Guiyang as a one-year old baby, he was very weak. He could not raise his head, seldom smiled and always cried.
The children dance, laugh and jump around to the sound of a saxophone and drums, then dash over to stick polka dots on 3-D art pieces when the music stops.
In a quiet corner of the busy city is a cafe where, over cups of coffee, people with special needs are becoming part of the community.
The Nest cafe in Central was opened last week by the Nesbitt Centre, a vocational training organisation for adults with learning disabilities. The staff gain work experience in a protected and supported environment in preparation for heading out into the wider world.
<Personal Story> Abduhelil was born with a cleft lip in Yingisa, a very small village in Xinjiang province. Abduhelil has two older siblings, both of them were born healthy and without any complications. When the parent of three found out Abduhelil was born with a cleft lip, they were very frustrated and upset. They felt a lot of uncertainties that are common to parents who are not familiar with the nature of a cleft lip. They did not know that a cleft lip could be easily fixed by an operation, often blaming themselves for having a "defective" child. Unsurprisingly, this phenomenon applied to Abduhelil's parents.
Sailability Hong Kong launched the two single-handed, keelboats donated by Operation Santa Claus at the Hebe Haven Yacht Club on Saturday, 17th May 2014. Representatives from Operation Santa Claus were joined by sailors, trustees, volunteers and supporters for the launch of these two special boats for the Para Asia Games 2014.
<Personal Story> Ring, ring..."Hello...Families of SMA Charity, how can we help?" We realised that a senior doctor from a major hospital was on the line asking us to extend urgent help to a little baby girl dying of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) because her young parents were in shock, had no faith in medical counsellors and continued to have mental inertia to give consent to the doctor to do his life-saving work, even though the doctor insisted that she will need a breathing apparatus quickly, before breathing and cardiac distress set in, only a matter of days away.
Chi Heng built and enhanced a "caring team" with funding from Operation Santa Claus. The team is focused on helping children living with HIV/AIDS, currently caring for a few hundred children. Xiaoju is an AIDS infected teenager currently getting help from Chi Heng. He wrote to us not long ago.
With the support of Operation Santa Claus (OSC), WWF-Hong Kong ran ten Wetlander programmes last year for children living in Small Group Homes because of unstable family backgrounds. Wong Yuet Tung ("Tung Tung"), a Chinese University of Hong Kong student received training at WWF-Hong Kong to take part in the programme as an interpreter. "The programme was really a precious opportunity to me" Tung Tung said. "I met with the children that have all kind of difficulties in their families and got to know them one by one. I found them lovely and friendly.