New Arrivals in Hong Kong
It is never easy to begin a new life in another city. The first few days, months, or even years for new arrivals in Hong Kong is marked with all sorts of difficulties, problems and barriers. Aside from adjusting to a different culture and way of life, these new arrivals face a lack of opportunities due to their qualifications, which in turn causes further unemployment and financial problems. At the same time, their children experience learning pressure as they must adjust to Hong Kong’s education system. This takes a toll on the overall well-being of the new arrivals.
The situation is even more pronounced among low-income or single parent families. Due to the lack of support networks in the community, they find it hard to integrate into society and to build a sense of belonging.
- 2 Service Centres for New Arrivals (Mong Kok and Sheung Shui)
- Food Programme
- New Arrivals Induction Classes
- Mutual Help Women’s Group
- After-school Child Care and Interest Classes
- Consultation and Counselling
- Recreational, Community and Volunteer Activities
We believe that marginalised and socially vulnerable groups of people are still capable of reaching their full potential and can contribute to society. This can be achieved if we accept each other and are willing to extend a helping hand to them. Since 1996, in an effort to realise this dream, we have been providing new arrivals and students with various services to help them overcome barriers in their lives, to adapt smoothly to their new environment, and to integrate into society.
- Provide food assistance for free; reduce the daily cost of food for low income families to meet immediate and basic needs.
- Organise induction courses and personal growth development programmes for immigrant students to help them as they adapt to Hong Kong’s environment and education system, as well as to strengthen their learning ability and social networks.
- Run women’s mutual help groups and help new arrival women to build and expand their social network.
- Run after-school childcare and interest classes to support the all-round development of students. The after-school childcare services also look after students who have special educational needs, thus hopefully taking some of the weight of responsibility off parents..
- Help new arrivals understand medical information and community resources so they can ask for assistance when necessary.
- Organise various visits, plus community and volunteering activities, to facilitate exchange and understanding between the new arrivals community and Also, we organise outdoor and recreational activities to help new arrivals reduce their psychological and emotional stress, thus helping their bodies and minds to develop in a healthy way.
Accept the marginalised, socially vulnerable groups, and build a community
that helps and loves each other.