|Ms Leonie Ki, Vice Chairman and Chairman of Advocacy and Public Relations Committee of UNICEF HK said, “We are encouraged by the remarkable results achieved in these two years, but we never forget those who are still beyond reach and in need of help. That is why we decided to step up the project this year and allow local NGOs to work on a longer term. We welcome year-round application, allowing interested NGOs more flexibility to plan and execute projects that coincide with their work schedule, fiscal year and manpower arrangement.” She continued, “In the past two years, we have reviewed some foresighted and sustainable projects. We believe by extending the term of funding, supporting potential projects up to a maximum of two years, we can achieve even better results, more children in need will be benefited.”|
|“Playright UNICEF Inclusive Play 2012” by Playright Children’s Play Association improved the play situation of children with physical impairment by educating and promoting the concept of ‘inclusive playground’. Numerous students’ activities with parents and teachers’ workshops were held so far for children to experience ‘inclusive play’ and the needs of play environment for children with physical impairment were also investigated through survey. A professional guideline on playground development is expected to be released this year and will be then distributed to developers, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Buildings Department, Urban Renewal Authority, schools and playground facilities suppliers etc for planning and renewal of play facilitates, and set up of inclusive playgrounds.
Youth Outreach’s “All-Night Net Walker” is the first-ever youth intervention project in Hong Kong utilising popular social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Line to reach problematic youth. It also trained “Internet Ambassadors” who used to be former triad members or drugs abusers to reach youths at high risk. The project is expected to reach over 4,000 youths online and provide them with positive messages to reform their lives.
“Project P.E.A.C.E.: Pilot Drug and Sex Education for Children” by Community Drug Advisory Council, aroused ethnic minority children’s and parents’ awareness on drugs and sex to tackle drug abuse and early mature youth issues through providing education programmes for 1,500 children, ambassador training for 120 children and training sessions for 200 parents.
‘Unite for Children. Unite for Hong Kong.’ Child Rights Advocacy Project is designed to realise and promote child rights in Hong Kong in 2011 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF. Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF hopes to raise overall awareness of child rights through this project. We hope to work with the community to directly benefit local children and make Hong Kong more child-friendly. For more details of the project, please visit:www.unicef.org.hk/uniteforhk