In year 2017-18, I‧CARE Programme continues to support social service projects, in which thousands of clients in local community, mainland China and overseas countries will be benefited.

  

 



 

Kinderland

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 19

Project Location: The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Children are our future. The saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. It is everyone’s responsibility to taking care of our ‘future’ especially to those less fortunate. Our group is very happy to be able to reach the target groups: the children who are underprivileged and children with special education needs (SEN), namely ‘SOCOs community’ and ‘Love V Act’ in Shatin District.

As we are a group of undergraduate students in the early childhood education program, we hope to make our contribution by supporting and enhancing children’s learning experience with our knowledge and skills. Our mission of this project is to better the society and support these groups of children. We would take the advantage of the space in CU campus, and effectively use the resources we have acquired.

It is our wish to benefit children and their caregivers. The student volunteers will facilitate and organize activities to children such as exploring art materials, music and movement, and science activities etc. to promote physical, cognitive, social and emotional and aesthetic development. Their caregivers also will be provided a place for gathering, sharing and relaxing while they are waiting for their children. Parents can build their social network through the informal setting. In the future, we may also consider organizing activities for parents.

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DM Day

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 50

Project Location: Hong Kong

DM day is a public knowledge transfer event for diabetic mellitus that aims to reach out to Hong Kong residents and educate them about diabetes and how to prevent the disease, especially the high-risk groups. We have identified two major high-risk groups, be it: the aged and children. The older adult group is prone to diabetes as the body deteriorates and their body becomes less sensitive to insulin. As for the children population, we see a gap in terms of health education and the unhealthy lifestyle of children, reflected in the increase in obese children over the years. There are several ways to eliminate or reverse the risk factors for diabetes, and we hope that through educating our target population in DM day, we can help prevent the increase in the number of diabetes cases. Ultimately we want to prevent the disease from happening, prevent the disease from progressing for the diabetic patients, and to prevent the disease from becoming a future burden for the society.

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Extending and enabling continuous volunteer- tutoring through app - Smartcheck v1

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 43

Project Location: Hong Kong

Our team plan to extend and enable continuous volunteering tutoring via technology, in this case, mobile app with potential of AI enhanced education in future. Smartcheck v1 (mobile app) aims to provide remote homework checking to needy children via NGOs, charity and religious organisation that already operate some forms of volunteer-tuition and in essence, solve the pain points mentioned above (round 1: to a certain extent; multiple iteration is expected to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the technology)

Smartcheck would not replace “one on one” tuition but to extend the tuition beyond time and space constraint. It enables remote tutoring which would transcend the physical availability of the volunteers and students. Both parties could do it remotely and maintain the same tutor-student relationship throughout the school years and beyond. Lastly, it would improve the management of the volunteers and supervising the progress of with each students with ease.

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The Guangzhou Tassel Voluntary Project

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 9

Project Location: Guangzhou

Guangzhou Tassel Voluntary Project aims to help the children of migrants know and integrate into Guangzhou. In the meantime, Tassel will take them to embrace the colourful public education resources in Guangzhou in order to change the unfair education resource distribution brought by family wealth inequality. Different from traditional voluntary project, Tassel will not only provide the children with colourful classes but also let them travel and explore their city with volunteers. Combining classes and outside activities, Tassel aims to expand the children’s horizons and deepen their understanding and interest in knowledge. What Tassel also wants to tell the children is that knowledge is not limited in books and classes, because there are much more things to experience in the outside world. What’s more, we will try every method to help those children deal with their difficulties in life and teach them how to behave well. Additionally, we will seek for different ways to get in touch with children’s parents and teachers so that we can have the chance to make further impact on them. In general, Tassel hopes to make the children’s lives better and better in the bustling city.

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Chung Chi The Suns Trip to China

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
Chung Chi The Suns

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 30

Project Location: Guangxi

Chung Chi the Suns has been to both domestic and foreign mountainous area for mission and service purpose in the past few years. In this year, we will go to a rural primary school in Guangxi. We hope that every participant will be able to teach vividly, interactively and energetically; and able to communicate with local children actively, meanwhile encouraging each other. Similar to our group’s name, with a sincere heart to serve the people in need as the sun did to human, and continue the service group's consistent spirit.

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Lensational Academy 2018 (Photography + Gender Issues)

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 10

Project Location: Hong Kong

Lensational Academy 2018 is a series of photography and gender issue workshops dedicated mainly to the Filipino/Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong, while involving university students (majority from CUHK). There will also be two photo exhibitions to showcase the outcome of these workshops and engage the public to the foreign domestic workers (FDWs) community.

The purpose of this Academy is to empower FDWs through teaching of photography skills and heightening of gender awareness in relations to their personhood. Image is a powerful channel to represent oneself. Through photography, we hope our FDWs participants can open up a new field of interest, gain self-confidence, attain a set of useful skills, and let their voice be heard.

In addition to the hard skills, the gender issue workshops aim at giving a gender perspective to the FDWs on their exploration of identity and life. Highlighting relationship between gender and self, family, work, religion and body, we hope the FDWs can reflect on the extent to which their personhood is shaped and molded by their womanhood, so as to understand the rights and options they have in life. It is also a platform for communication and mutual understanding between Filipina, Indonesians and local students.

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Accompany Families of Children with ADHD Moving Forward To Dawn —An Interdisciplinary Collaboration between Social Services (Hong Kong) and Medical Institutions (Mainland China) on Enhancing the Well-being of Families of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 9

Project Location: Xi’an

This project would recruit 9 student volunteers in CUHK and deliver the following services to the families of children with ADHD in Xi’an: opening ceremony, overnight camp batch 1, and overnight camp batch 2, volunteer training for all CUHK students and interdisciplinary collaboration. To facilitate the communications among the family members; family members will enjoy a quality family time which was beneficial for promoting a healthy family lifestyle.

This project will adopt the framework of CSL (Community Service-Learning). There are three parties in this framework: universities & colleges, students, and community. In this project, students will apply the academic knowledge learnt in University into the community (cooperate with hospitals in serving the group of families of children with ADHD). The CSL will enhance the quality of learning, promote students’ social responsibility. Students will be encouraged to conduct creative and meaningful social service projects when they back to Hong Kong.

To have interdisciplinary communication between social services providers and medical staffs, in this way to build up a partnership and to explore a sustainable pathway for the local medical institutions in providing holistic services for families of children with ADHD.

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Fujia 2017-2018 Shenzhen Program

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
: CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 30

Project Location: Shenzhen

Fujia Shenzhen Program aims to provide voluntary services to migrant children in Yuanfen Community Service Centre and Mingzhu Community Service Centre. This program will provide opportunities for CUHK students to participate in voluntary work to gain first-hand experience of interacting with migrant children, and to get deeper insight into the one of the most widely concern social issues in China-the problem of migrant children.

We are trying our best to improve their learning environment through designing a series of activities. The program courses focus on various aspects, such as cultural knowledge, self-protection awareness and profession experience. The migrant children can learn useful knowledge, broaden their horizons and enjoy the company of our enthusiastic volunteers.

Next year, we will continue our weekend journey to serve migrant children in Shenzhen. 10 volunteers (5 from CUHK and 5 from HKU) together with 4 Fujia committee members and around 25 children will participate in this program.

To improve our service and to organize more comprehensive activities for migrant children, the program hopes to invite more local volunteers to enrich the diversity. In addition, our new activities will cover more areas such as environmental protection and career guidance in order to bring them unforgettable experiences.

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Act for a Comprehensive Tutorial Project

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 19

Project Location: Hong Kong

The project aims at providing academic tutorial classes and other learning experiences for 24 out-of-home care children (OOHCC) in 6 – 12 ages in Ka Fuk Small Group Home in order to cater their learning needs and foster their development. The tutorials classes are to be held after school twice a week and other learning experiences are to be arranged once a month. The tutorial teachers would be recruited from students in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong Christian Service would provide training workshops for the students in order to equip them with the skills to communicate with the OOHCC and understanding about their academic needs.

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Senior Joyful Camp

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 18

Project Location: Hong Kong

The target participants of the Senior Joyful Camp are elderly residents from Sham Shui Po, the poorest district in Hong Kong. Through engaging in the self-entertaining activities with youths, participants may adopt a more diverse living style while applying the skills learned in daily life, as well as to promote the integration within the inter-generational.

The one-day camp will be held in Jockey Club Sai Kung Outdoor Training Camp, dividing into two sessions. The morning session will be the dessert workshop and the Tie-dye workshop will be held after lunch. An older adult and a volunteer will form a pair and two pairs form a group. The activities will be launched in a form of groups.

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Quality Time for Families of Adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Service Learning Project (2018)

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 8

Project Location: Hong Kong

In this 6-month service project, 1 multi-family group and 3 cross-family reunion days will be conducted to serve 12 families in total. Each family will participate in three phases of service: 2 full-day “Family Day” in CUHK Campus, 2-day-1-night “Family camp” in campsite located in the country parks, and 1 full-day “Cross-family Reunion”. This service project adopts the A.D.H.D. framework which is proposed by a cross-disciplinary research project launched by Department of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry: A (Acceptance & Accompany) 、D (Difference & Diversity) 、H (Healthy Family Lifestyle) and D (Develop child’s innate gift). We hope to create a mutually supportive and accepting social network between the families and strengthen their sense of efficacy through gaining the mastery experience over the problems arisen in the group. Besides, a 'Service Learning Framework' is also adopted to enhance the learning of the newly recruited student volunteers in three aspects: quality of learning, social responsibility and community development.

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Bridging the Gap

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 20

Project Location: Hong Kong

This project has two main aims: to help low-income elderly and children from less well-off families, and to improve the interaction between citizens of different age groups. First, this project will employ 3 to 4 low-income elderlies who know how to make traditional handicrafts, such as Dough Figurine Sculptures, Beads Crafts and Grass Weaving. With the assistance of Student Volunteers from CUHK, they will teach children from low-income families how to make these handicrafts at Community Centres. Through this project, I hope to improve the self-esteem of low-income elderlies and children, and also increase the communication between people from different age groups to help improve social harmony. Further, the project also involves a Roadshow where Children and Volunteers will teach members of the public how to make these traditional handicrafts in a public space. This helps enrich the public space and raise public awareness on the traditional cultures and handicrafts, to help preserve them and pass them onto the next generation.

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Health Fair and Screening for Foreign Domestic Helpers

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 30

Project Location: Hong Kong

Our project will be achieved through two major milestones, with the goal to target health awareness, education, and disease prevention for domestic helpers. The first milestone is a health fair that is designed to 1) promote the existence of our organization as a health platform that can serve as a point of contact for the domestic helpers (DH) to access reliable source of health information and for referral to doctors for low-cost healthcare services, 2) deepen our understanding of this minority group's other healthcare gaps and needs while we perform general health checks such as blood pressure and glucose level checks at this activity, 3) offer sessions of educational talks from health experts. The second milestone is a free health screening focused on specific needs in this community such as cervical screening and breast exams, in collaboration with organizations such as PathFinders and Hong Kong Women Doctors Association. This health screening will screen and help identify any potential health problems, in addition to providing one-on-one education and general health counselling to the participants. Follow-ups with specialist doctors will be available via our self-established network of pro-bono doctors.

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Fujia 2017~2018 Wuhan Seed Program

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
Fujia

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 10

Project Location: Wuhan

SEED program was first initiated by Fujia in 2013 and it was successfully held in Xinzhou, Wuhan of Hubei Province these years. The program aims at concerning the left-behind children in mainland China, and providing high quality voluntary service for the left-behind children in the target area--Wuhan. We will hold a summer camp in Xinji Primary School which lasts for two weeks in order to provide the children with colourful after-class activities this year.

The problem of left-behind children is one of the widely concerned social problems which appeared because the economic development of different regional is imbalance. SEED program focuses on the educational problem of the left-behind children and try to raise the people’s awareness of this problem. Also we provide good opportunity for CUHK student to take part in the voluntary work.

Last year, 22 volunteers from HKU and CUHK succeed in providing diverse courses for left-behind children. This year, we will continue our journey to serve the left-behind children in Xinji and Jiujie primary school. In this year, we not only have colourful after-class activities, but the home visit will be also carried out in order to find more details of the left-behind children’s situation. We also will set up a database of the left-children based on our research and provide a research report after our service. We strongly believe that 2018 SEED program will perform much better than past years and will be regarded as the strategic shift of our service program.

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Health Behaviour and Disaster Preparedness Promotion among Left-Behind Children in China

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 10

Project Location: Xi’an

The activities include health behaviour education and disaster preparedness. They will be implemented base on the need of LBC and aim at promoting their health and protect their life. Participants from different majors will be divided into groups and corporate each other to implement educational activities in child care centre in Zuolong Township. The effectiveness of these activities will be evaluated. The experience from this activity will be set as exemplar for future similar activities.

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Chung Chi The Suns Trip to Nepal

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
Chung Chi The Suns

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 19

Project Location: Nepal

Since 2012, CC the Suns has been doing voluntary teaching in different places during each semester. Destinations are mainly unprivileged primary schools in China, and we have visited other poor countries. In the upcoming activity, we set our destination as Nepal. We are going to conduct voluntary teaching at a local primary school. In terms of teaching, we continue to implement "interactive teaching" as our core value. We hope that through lively and inspiring teaching, local students will have a different learning experiences. At the same time, we will take the initiative to connect with local children and encourage them to become partners with each other.

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Nepal Medical Service Trip: Project Namtar 3

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 11

Project Location: Nepal

The Nepal Community Health Project (Project Namtar) is one of Medical Outreachers’ long term project. Previous phases of the project identified various health gaps. Medical Outreachers brought about interventions and continuous evaluation targeting the identified issues in previous biannual visits. However, certain health issues are yet to be corrected.

We hope to create behavioral change and give correct concepts about health, so we would introduce a health education curriculum and conduct lessons on relevant topics at 3 local primary schools and 3 secondary schools. To facilitate the use of existing health services, we would organize a health camp to offer free health checks and health promotion talks. To further assess health-needs and correct health misconceptions, we would also participate in household visits. We aim to empower the local community to become self-sufficient. Therefore, we would be participating in trainings for local teachers on our health topics.

Through serving the local community, we also hope our participants can develop a global awareness on health, especially as we are expanding our project this year to a new village, Kalikatar, where our volunteers can reach out to more people living in underdeveloped regions with various health needs.

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Pathfinder Cambodia Volunteer Service 2018

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 11

Project Location: Cambodia

This year’s summer project will be carried out in both Sanlong Leab Primary School and Popot Primary School from 24th May to 7th July 2018. Sanlong Leab Primary School is involved in our previous service while the latter is our new target group. For Sanlong Leab Primary School, it is observed that students and their family members have insufficient knowledge towards common diseases. Also, it is found that Popot Primary School has insufficient handwashing stations. Construction of handwashing stations will be provided to the school by the construction team (A) complemented with corresponding topics in health education by the health education team (B).

In order to prevent health education from being one-off and improve its sustainability, we would continue last year’s initiative of long-term health education and intervention in Sanlong Leab. Apart from tracking the progress of the health club that is now operating, we would continue to work with the teachers at Sanlong Leab Primary School. We would also investigate ways to reproduce the results in Popot Primary School and to transfer knowledge to the teachers there with the help of teachers at Sanlong Leab Primary School.

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Rural Village Health Enhancement Project

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 16

Project Location: Cambodia

To improve the overall health status of rural villagers in Takeo province via 1) improvement in water sanitation infrastructure and promotion of better sanitation behaviour; 2) improvement in primary eye health and access to relevant healthcare; 3) improvement in general health awareness through health education and promotion; 4) empower village youth to organize social projects and 5) improvement in nutrition awareness and promotion of better dieting solutions.

Activities:

  1. WASH education programme and building of sanitation infrastructure 
  2. Primary eye care education programme, screening and referral of eye disease cases 
  3. General health education and promotion 
  4. Empower village youth to organize social projects on health topics 
  5. General nutrition education and promotion. 

Expected Broader Impacts:

We hope to improve health awareness, access to health, and general wellbeing of rural villagers.

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Hygiene is the Key, a Better Sri Lanka to See

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 24

Project Location: Sri Lanka

The 15-day service trip to Galle, Sri Lanka is based on the theme ‘Environmental and Personal Hygiene’.

Due to rapid urbanization, the waste generation and management problems in Galle, Sri Lanka have been worsening. The city generates 50.9 tons of solid waste per day, which is unable to be addressed by the current municipal solid waste management system. Due to the lack of knowledge, Sri Lankans openly dump or burn garbage, which causes harm on both the environment and their health. Some Sri Lankans are found to have health problems like breathing difficulties. We believe that the waste problem should be uprooted by continuous education on proper waste handling methods, including to reuse and recycle wastes. Therefore, we would hold a series of theme-based activities and workshops regarding wastes, environmental friendliness and personal hygiene in the service trip, in the hope of increasing Sri Lankans’ awareness of hygiene and health.

As the second trip of Medical Society’s service project in Galle Sri Lanka, we would build on the past initiatives of humanitarian care to ensure the sustainability of the services, as well as to achieve our new objectives on environmental and personal hygiene.

The activities with the same objectives, formats, and venues as last years are:

  1. First-aid and personal hygiene workshops conducted in local secondary schools 
  2. Voluntary teaching in a local primary school for disabled children* 
  3. A community health check 

The new activities designed this year are:

  1. An environmentally friendly educational workshop in a local secondary school 
  2. A visit to a local elder’s home* 
  3. A visit to a local orphanage* 
  4. A visit to a shelter centre for teenage girls who have been violently or sexually abused 
  5. A home visit and needs assessment

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Love·Care·Boundaryless

Organising Colleges / Faculties / Student Associations:
CUHK students

Estimated number of CUHK students involved: 15

Project Location: Hong Kong

This is a 3-month pilot project which aims to improve the well-being of asylum seekers in Hong Kong. A weekly Cantonese course will be introduced to 30 refugees for the purpose of enhancing their language capabilities. The team will also organize outing activity to different historic and natural sites in Hong Kong to give them insights into the culture of Hong Kong. Finally, the team plans to hold an exhibition in CUHK campus based upon the issue of asylum seekers.

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