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Transforming the City, One Life at a Time 

English Class Graduation

One by one over the course of several weeks in June and July, the 14 English Classes that Hope of the City sponsors wrapped up for the summer. This semester saw some 131 students graduate from classes held throughout Sham Shui Po and Pak Tin. Students in classes at the YWCA, the Hub HK, Living Stone Church and St James Settlement were treated to mini-graduation ceremonies, to celebrate their achievements. Several outstanding students also received small prizes as an encouragement.
 
A post-semester parents’ survey showed that over 70% of parents believed their children show more confidence in oral English and listening than they did before taking the classes. We are so grateful to all our hard-working English teachers and the various centers for their cooperation in helping us to provide this valuable educational support. 

July Wind-up of
Home Visit Season 

Hope of the City’s home visit programs with our local partners have all wound up for the first half of 2015. The Shepherd Church Home Visits in Sham Shui Po will resume in late September, while the Shek Kip Mei Home Visits are ongoing. We are very pleased to note that more than half of the volunteers are continuing on with another 6-month commitment. As for the YWCA Home Visits, we’re still waiting to confirm if they will also resume in late September. If you are interested in becoming a home visit volunteer, email us
 
Two training sessions for new home visit volunteers are scheduled for:
Sep 13 What are home visits
             all about?
Sep 20 How to pray for others
             in Chinese
 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Aug 29 Mobile Happy Shopping Fair
Sep 17 Door-to-Door Home Visits(North Point)
Sep 19 Mid-Autumn Festival Home Visits(Cheung Sha Wan)
Sep 20 Mid-Autumn Festival Home Visits(North Point)
Sep 2015 to Feb 2016 *NEW
Monthly Elderly Home Visits in East Kowloon
 
Please click here for the full list of volunteer opportunities and registration.
July 2015 - Hope of the City Newsletter

Dragon Boat Dumplings to Show We Care
The exuberance of festival seasons in Hong Kong often leaves our city’s poorer residents feeling left out. That’s why during this year’s Dragon Boat Festival, Hope of the City teamed up with several local partners to deliver rice dumplings to the elderly and low-income families. We visited families in Sham Shui Po with a Yan Kei Church team on June 13, and elderly and families with the Family Welfare Society in North Point on June 14.
 
Then, on June 18, we joined with a new partner, Christian Concern for the Homeless Association (CCHA), to share dumplings with families living in partitioned homes. Eighteen Hope volunteers joined CCHA volunteers in two teams to visit families in Sham Shui Po and Cheung Sha Wan. Residents of these cramped substandard homes regularly have to deal with challenges like bug infestations, and some of our volunteers bravely pitched in to help kill lice during their visits!
 
In all, 54 volunteers participated, visiting 45 households. Our thanks go out to all of you!

SEN Training for Front-line Workers

Working with children who have Special Education Needs (SEN) can present challenges for social workers and community center staff. To support their efforts, Hope of the City invited two experienced educational psychologists from Hong Kong EP Services to help equip these front-line workers with basic knowledge to identify and help SEN students. Mr Danny Wong and Dr Eva Sum conducted training sessions on July 6 and July 9 respectively, with 25 workers from six partner centers in attendance.
 
The speakers introduced key strategies and case studies in regards to children with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and Speech Delay issues, among others. The workers were given advice on treatment options and handling of special cases, which they found very helpful. Our wish is that this type of training will give our partners more confidence in supporting the SEN children they encounter through their work.

Breakthrough Leadership
Academy 

With over 40 students and 10 volunteers, the Breakthrough Leadership Academy went off with a bang! From July 13 through July 31, this free English enrichment program taught students confidence, communication, and leadership through a variety of educational activities led by American native-English speaker Cynthia Lam. This year's participants ranged in age from 9 to 18, and came from several different local schools. The class concludes on August 1 with a special showcase celebrating the students' accomplishments. 

Shining Some Light on HK's Housing Issues

On June 28, Hope of the City organized a lunch-time seminar at Island ECC for anyone interested in learning how ordinary people can play a part in addressing the serious housing issues in Hong Kong. Our guest speaker was Ricky Yu, CEO of LightBe, an organization which has come up with an innovative approach to providing adequate housing for the needy through a concept of righteous landlords and home sharing. Ricky provided some great food for thought to the 38 participants, many of whom asked questions and shared contacts after the session. 

Konnichiwa,
Sham Shui Po! 

From July 7- 10, a group of P2-P5 kids had a truly unique experience as they took part in a Japanese Cultural Exchange program at the YWCA in Sham Shui Po. It was all part of a joint-university summer program between the Social Services departments of CUHK and a Japanese counterpart. Four students from each school volunteered to spend two hours a day with the kids to help them broaden their exposure to different cultures through language lessons, games and activities.
 
In addition to mastering some simple Japanese greetings, the kids were given lessons in origami, Japanese dancing and traditional Japanese cartoon drawing. One highlight of the program was learning to create original bento boxes, using a variety of ingredients and food cutters. The children had so much fun that by the end of the week it was hard to say sayonara.

Mailing Address:
Hope of the City Foundation 
8/F, 633 King's Road
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
+852 3470 3000