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Archive for August, 2015

Serving the Unserved: Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Hong Kong

All across the world, 60 million people have suffered persecution because of their race, religion, nationality or affiliation with a particular social group or political group. They have been forced flee their home countries and have sought refuge elsewhere. The 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong are some of the most invisible people in Hong Kong.

Established in 1985, Christian Action is a registered charitable organisation in Hong Kong with a mission to serve those who are poor, disadvantaged, marginalised, displaced or abandoned, aiming to give them hope, dignity and self-reliance. To celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2015 and to increase HKU students’ awareness and understanding of the plight of the marginalized in Hong Kong, Christian Action and CEDARS will jointly organise the following activities themed “Serving the Unserved: Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Hong Kong”.

“Say 30: Serving the Unserved” Photo Exhibition
10 Portraits, 16 Characters
Their Journey; Their aspirations: “30”.

Date:         19 – 25 October, 2015
Venue:      Haking Wong Podium (outside Union Restaurant)

The exhibition showcases the portraits and stories of some of the service recipients of Christian Action in the past 30 years, including new arrivals, foreign domestic workers, ethnic minorities and the unemployed, who have been struggling their ways and living in the city of Hong Kong. Moreover, staff of Christian Action and some local celebrities share the ways in which they serve the poor. All portraits are the work of world renowned photographer Ricky Lo.

An Evening of Encounter with the Invisible (Sharing Session)
Date:           23 October, 2015 (Friday)
Time:          5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Venue:        Room 201, KK Leung Building
Speaker:     Mr. Aime Girimana, Community Outreach Coordinator, Christian Action
Language:  English
Enrolment for HKU students & staff: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_regform.aspx?ueid=39051
Enrolment for public: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=39457

About the Speaker

Mr Aime Girimana is a recognized refugee and has been staying in Hong Kong and waiting for resettlement in another country for 10 years. He was a lawyer back in his home country. With a special permission from the HKSAR Immigration Department, he was allowed to work at Christian Action since two years ago.

About the Sharing Session

Since 2004, Christian Action has been running a comprehensive service centre for the asylum seekers in Chungking Mansions. To date, the Centre has served over 5,000 refugees and asylum seekers through nearly 280,000 visits. In this sharing session, Mr Girimana will tell the audience who are the asylum seekers and why they are in Hong Kong. He will also share about their lives, plights and stories.

Walk the Refugee Road (Community Visit)
Date:          31 October, 2015 (Saturday)
Time:          11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Quota:        20
Fee:            $30
Enrolment (for HKU students only): https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_regform.aspx?ueid=39054
Highlights:
-  Visit the Christian Action Centre for Refugees and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (Sub-Office Hong Kong). They are core service providers for asylum seekers in Hong Kong.
-  Learn about the Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre and St. Andrew Church in Tsim Sha Tsui, two of the centres where many asylum seekers worship.
-  Pay a visit to the homes of asylum refugees and see how they live.
-  Have lunch with the refugees after the Walk for an additional HK$50.

For further information on the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Christian Action, please visit: 30.christian-action.org.hk.

Enquiries:
Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS)
Email:cedars-programmes@hku.hk / Tel.: 2857 8387

Used Book Collection Drive

Date: 5 – 9 October, 2015
Time: 12 pm – 4 pm
*12 pm – 2 pm only on 9 October, 2015
Venue: UG01 covered area, Knowles Building (next to Campus Services Centre office)

If you love books, give them away. Only used books of about 70% new in condition, except textbooks, technical reference books, magazines and books in simplified Chinese, will be accepted (please visit: http://on.fb.me/1zkAohY for details on the criteria). All books collected will be re-sold at Read-Cycling’s annual community-involvement event Bring A Book & Share. All proceeds, after deduction of necessary expenses, will be used to promote reading culture in local community.

The event is co-organised with Read-Cycling (www.read-cycling.org), which is a government-registered NGO that aims at promoting the sharing and joy of reading, as well as the concept of knowledge-based society by encouraging the community to reach out for different domains of knowledge and interests through reading.

Enquiries:
Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS)
Email: cedars-programmes@hku.hk / Tel: 2857 8387

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