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.
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 the impact on local child rights realization, UNICEF HK pinpoints the Project’s focus to Early Childhood Development with emphasis on Nurturing Care (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/guideline, development of community-based practices and solutions that contribute to the advancement in well-being of children or child rights situation (i.e. children’s survival, protection, development and participation). Nature of the Project includes but is not limited to pilot-run or analysis of service projects, academic and practice research projects, and so on. The Project shall be in line with the mentioned focus area, in particular benefitting children from at-risk, vulnerable or marginalized communities or contexts whose opportunities to a healthy and fullest development is suppressed, neglected or deprived during their early childhood period from a right based perspective.
For the year’s focus area – Nurturing Care, project highlighting familial and community engagement is welcome as nurturing care serves as one of the decisive factors for healthy child development. Project addressing policy and legislation advocacy is of value as UNICEF HK aims to build sustainable impact by building the capacity of caregivers. The project scope may include but is not limited to skill/capacity building and empowerment of primary caregivers or child care practitioners in delivering quality childcare at home and institutional setting, relationship building between primary caregivers and child, promoting multi-dimensional development of children especially those with special needs and marginalized (i.e. physical, emotional, cognitive & social); advocating for changes in childcare services and its delivery.
For reference of other previous funded projects, please visit UNICEF HK Child Rights Advocacy Project website (http://www.unicef.org.hk/en/key-contribution/).
Information and Enquires
Kong See, Advocacy Specialist
Wing Lee, Advocacy Officer
Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF
Tel: 2833 6139
Fax: 2834 0996
Email: [email protected]
 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Early Childhood) http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/strengthening-education-systems/early-childhood/