United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leading UN organization working specifically for children, with a presence in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. Since our establishment in 1946, we have been working with other UN agencies, governments and NGOs to ensure children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation. Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and established as an independent local Non-governmental Organization to fulfil the mandate of child rights protection.
UNICEF HK launched ‘Unite for Children. Unite for Hong Kong.’ Child Rights Advocacy Project (the Project) in 2011 to support eligible Hong Kong NGOs or non-profit making organizations in implementing projects which help promote and realize children’s rights in Hong Kong. The Project received overwhelming response and has benefited tens of thousands of marginalized children and their families in the past years. In order to continue the outreach efforts to more neglected children in Hong Kong, application for the Project will be open throughout the year. In addition, a two-year collaboration project may be considered should the proposed work be worthwhile and appropriate.
Through the joint efforts of local organizations working for child rights, we hope to reach out to more children in need in Hong Kong and build a better future for Hong Kong children.
Area of Focus of the Project
In order to maximize impact of on local child rights realization with better utilization of resources, UNICEF HK pinpoints the Project’s focus to Early Childhood Development (targeted beneficiaries: Children under the age of 8). All-around and well supported early childhood development produce multiplier effect in addressing poverty, health and nutritious condition, developmental gaps, cultural and socio-economically disadvantages of children and their families in long run.
The Project shall be able to provide insights and recommendations for evidence-based impacts with regard to policy and legislation advocacy, development of standards and guideline, or implementation of community practices and solutions to improve or enhance local child rights situation (i.e. right to survival, protection, development and participation). Its nature includes but not limited to pilot-run or analysis of service projects, academic and practice research projects, and so on. The Project shall either generate synergy and contributions to the UNICEF HK’s on-going advocacy focus, or targets children from at-risk, vulnerable or marginalized communities or contexts of focus areas whose opportunities to a healthy and fullest development is suppressed, neglected or deprived during their early childhood period from a child rights perspective. In short, the focus areas are:
1. UNICEF HK’s on-going advocacy focus: a) Breastfeeding, b) Right to Play
2. Children in poverty
3. Children with special education needs or disabilities
4. Children from ethnic minorities
Information and Enquires
Sofia Fung, Advocacy Manager
Joanne Lai, Assistant Project Officer
Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF
Tel: 2833 6139
Fax: 2834 0996