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Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017
 
I wonder how everyone else spent their Christmas holiday?
 
Here at the Home Care for Girls, we had a very enjoyable, fulfilling and productive time during the festive season.
 
Firstly, the girls celebrated Winter’s Solstice with a hotpot dinner with Sister Agnes Ho. Then we had Christmas lunch hosted by Rotary Club of Tsim Sha Tsui, followed by a New Years Eve countdown… Needless to say, we had so much fun!
 
However it wasn’t all play. During the month, we sang Christmas Carols at Heritage 1881 in Tsim Sha Tsui and fund raised for the Child Development Matching Fund (CDMF). We also made Christmas cards for all of our volunteers and raised funds for our Home.
 
This has truly been a wonderful and eventful holiday, and we do not take this for granted. so we want to send our heartfelt gratitude to all our volunteers, generous donors and supporters. 
 
We wish you all a happy 2018 that will be full of joy and love!
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The Hong Kong Council of Social Service visited our board

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service visited our board

The representatives from The Hong Kong Council of Social Service visited our board in 25th January 2018 with the purpose of strengthening communication and connection of board members. The discussion was fruitful and encouraging. We were inspired by the experiences shared from them that would improve our Home to become accountable, efficient, effective organization and responsive to social needs. 

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South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

Home away from home provides care and life skills for troubled girls in Hong Kong

Home Care for Girls takes in teenagers, supporting them with funding from Operation Santa Claus
 
 
 

It is 5pm and at a temporary shelter for homeless girls, the kitchen is bustling. A team of teenagers are preparing dinner for themselves and their peers, part of the daily routine at the home, in a tower block on a public housing estate in Tsing Yi.
The lodging is run by Home Care for Girls, a non-profit organisation, founded by Sister Agnes Ho. The place provides a safe and caring environment where troubled girls can seek compassion and stability away from problematic family situations.Elf Wong Ching-ying, who manages the care home, said teenage girls were referred to them by social workers.“They are unable to stay with their families for different reasons,” Wong said of the home’s residents, aged between 14 and 18.

Home Care for Girls receives funding from Operation Santa Claus, the annual charity campaign jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK.“These girls are secondary school students. They face family problems and are in dire need of a place that can provide them with stable accommodation so that they can focus on their studies,” Wong said.

The service provides homeless girls with accommodation at HK$1,640 monthly for up to one year. The girls will return home if their family problems are resolved in that time.Others may transfer to long-term government residential care homes if their troubles persist.Apart from their basic needs, the girls’ social and emotional development is also taken care of at the home.
“Some girls don’t even know how to make the bed when they just arrive,” Wong said.“We teach them how to lead an independent life, and to cook, to help them grow up,” she said, adding that counselling services were also available to help the girls deal with their emotional problems.The teenage residents have a daily routine at the home, where members take turns to cook and do chores.“Our home is more than about beds, sofas, TVs ... Family-like peer support, and the care provided by the staff here are also very important,” Wong said.A former resident said she saw the place as a warm shelter.“It feels like home to me,” the 23-year-old, who identified herself as “Man”, said.Man said she had a troubled relationship with her elder brother, and she was referred to the organisation in 2011 after the death of their mother.She has recently finished her studies. “I want to be a social worker,” Man said, adding that she was inspired by the home’s staff and hoped to help other girls.Minnie Li Au Kam-ping, chairwoman of Home Care for Girls, said she believed the girls and the community as a whole could benefit from their service.“When you help a girl, you are shaping her future and helping her with her family,” she said.“This group of homeless girls, though small in number, are also part of those neglected by society,” she added.

SCMP website:  http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2120884/home-away-home-provides-care-and-life-skills-troubled-girls

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Congratulations to all the graduates

Congratulations to all the graduates

This year many girls from our Home were successfully accepted in universities. A the same time, some of our girls are graduating from university or college, it is all very pleasing.
Our girls' path has never been easy. In many difficulties, they still strive to study hard, think for their future. Their efforts are admirable. 
Even though not all the girls can study in university, they still  face their life head on and it is respectable.  
Congratulations to all the graduates. You all whom worth to be loved, may you continue to love yourself and others when you step into workplace,  Live a flourishing life, spread the love you had received from the Home to others. 
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Letter from our girl

Letter from our girl

Dear all members of HCG:

There are two purposes of writing this letter. First, it is to express my thanks in being fortunate enough to live in Home Care for Girls. Second, I would like to use the perspective of an “ old girl” to tell you all the importance of the accommodation is to me and the other girls who stay there. The work of HCG to help girls in need of a home and the services that it provide...maybe you have already heard of such information often from  social workers or Sister Agnes, which is why I would like to use the perspective of a service user to express my feelings from a first-person point of view. 

I have grown a lot in during the less than two years’ experience here. I am very grateful to have such a place for shelter and a place to allow me to make mistakes. When I am hurt, there will always be someone to care for and to teach me. I have experienced too many incidents of separation in the past, causing me to become numb towards my surroundings. This place allows me to remember the importance of being grateful. Although I may make mistakes over and over again, they still continue to give advice wholeheartedly and provide us with chances. Not having a permanent home all these years has been a painful thing for me. Especially after I entered adulthood, the resources and help provided by organizations decreases drastically. I worry about my future, every day, whether I would have to sleep in the streets or give up my studies tomorrow, one week later, one month later or one year later. I am thankful for being able to stay in HCG. Although not all the worries disappear, at least it has given me time to relax. The house parents and social workers are also very concerned about our whereabouts and plans after the stay, and often discussing this with us. 

There are also various kinds of people here. The house parents also have different personalities. There are many opportunities for one to get along with others, allowing me to learn and correct some mistakes.

To be honest, the thing that I have learnt most here is to be grateful. The previous places that I used to stay in usually do not come to a good ending. I used to leave as quickly as possible at the end, nevertheless writing a thank you letter, it would already be great if I did not scold them. Seems a bit too much? When I think about it now, I also think that I wasn't right. But HCG can even make me write a thank you letter, isn’t it very magical? Hahahaha. I don’t dare to say that I have become a better person and corrected all my faults, but at least I am more like a human now, not being cold and selfish. When you receive, you should also give, so you can continue to receive. Someone said, ‘If you are good to ten people, there is no guarantee that those ten people will be good to you. If there are two to three people who are, it is already very good. If you do not even give a little, none of the ten people will be good to you.’It may seem an easy and plain concept to understand, but it is not easy when one has to really give and sacrifice. This place has taught me how to understand this and this is why I am using my time to write this thank-you letter.

There are many thoughts which are difficult to express through speeches and difficult to write down. But I would really like to thank you all. HGC does not only operate with social workers, parents and staff, Although I am not entirely sure about the nature of the board, I know that the support of the board is really important in continuing to support the homeless girls with accommodation services. This place is not only a place of shelter for us, but also a home, a home full of love. 



From Small Potato

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Home Care for Girls Charity walk 2017

Home Care for Girls Charity walk 2017

 
 Home Care for Girls Charity walk 2017 
Another year had gone and the life of our girls had changed. Some are willing to back to school; some rebuild their family relationship, and also their trust to others. 
We appreciate your supports to help us provided better Home Care Service and much more, let our girls feel warm and care in harsh situation. Now the annual Charity walk has come! We need your supports to work on our mission. Let’s join us and be part of this wonderful event!
Date: 8th October, 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 11:00am
Ceremony Start Time: 11:30am
Ceremony Venue: Hong Kong Science Park Amphitheatre
Route: Start from Hong Kong Science Park Amphitheatre and finish at Tai Po Waterfront Pak
Walking time: around 1 hour and 15 minutes
Entry:
(1) Please complete the entry form and return to us via fax or mail, on or before 15th September, 2017.  Hardcopy is accepted. Entry form please kindly
ind in the attachment. 
(2) Bring along the completed entry form to the venue on 8th October, 2017
 
Online donation is also welcomed by using PAYPAL. Please click http://www.hcgirls.org/zh/support-us/online-donation for more details. 
 

 
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Home Care for Girls annual Family Day

Home Care for Girls annual Family Day

The Home Care for Girls annual Family Day was held on 10th December 2016. The ‘Family Day’ event was very special to our community this year because our Founder, Sister Agnes Ho, was retired on 31st December 2016. To celebrate Sister Ho's retirement, we have organised a celebration in the hall of St. Thomas of the Apostle's Church to allow participants to bid farewell to Sister Ho. About 200 participants, including donors, former colleagues, volunteers, old girls and their family members joined the event. We were very touched by all the kind presents and performances that were prepared by the residents of the Home.
Over the years, Sister Ho has dedicated herself in providing shelter and care for girls under family distress, and helping them to embark a new life with renewed hope and confidence. The Home is most indebted to Sister's leadership and guidance. She will continue to serve on the Board of Home Care for Girl as a Permanent Honorary Chairman after she retires. We are very grateful to Sister's love, care and devotion to Home Care for Girl throughout these years. We shall continue her mission in sowing the seed of love and care to the girls from distressed families in Hong Kong. Lastly, we wish Sister Ho a happy retirement and the very best in her future endeavours.

 

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信報專欄 《阿麥太功課簿》

大家也許在年前看到一則新聞說,一個慈善組織在一個舊型屋邨裏面想開設一個收容少女的「關愛之家」,卻遭到居民的強烈反對,說會拉低了樓價。主事的修女何桂萍,還在電台解說這個困難的處境。

機緣巧合,我服務的崇德社維多利亞分會認識了服務這個團體的社工,了解修女服務的女孩子,就是來自不同的破碎家庭,她們經學校、社工或是教會轉介,讓她們有一個喘息的機會,讓她們接受愛和輔導,面對種種不幸,重整人生。在修女、導師和義工的輔助,重拾自信和找尋自己的夢想。

於是在暑假,導師邀請了著名語言培訓導師Eva Lau(大家看過了熱爆《盛女大作戰》中的導師)。因為一次修女見到她便硬着頭皮邀她作義務導師,編排宿舍裏面的女孩子,做一個演出,講出自己的遭遇和悲傷,學習溝通技巧去感動別人,通過演出,帶出希望和堅毅的意志,作出一個解放宣言,樂觀地面對殘缺的過去,擁抱未來光明的人生。

Eva的心血沒有白費,因為她從這十多個少女身上所學到的無價體驗,經過分享、綵排,她感染到這些少女的堅毅生命力。她還得到了十多個女兒!8月30日晚上,在尖沙咀潮人生命堂,在寶勒巷上,親友、社工,曾經在院舍住過的院友,一起見證女孩的努力成果,觀眾被她們的分享感動到流下喜悅的淚水。

這不僅是大家都痛愛她們,而且看到了人性的光輝!

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