Women and girls are among the most marginalised in the ethnic minority community. A lot of responsibility for nurture and care falls under them, therefore preventing them from fully developing their skills and pursuing opportunities for personal and professional growth.
In 2022, we provided grassroots women with sewing skills so they could upskill themselves. They were taught how to use a sewing machine and produce products that generated income for them.
Since February 2023, every Friday morning at Zubin’s Family Centre, we host a chai gathering (chai means tea in Hindi) to give a friendly and welcoming space for ethnic minority women. This is an opportunity for them to take a break from their responsibilities, socialise and learn something new to better integrate into society.
We facilitate different recreational activities based on local cultures, interests, and education and promote inclusion in the community. The sessions include meditation, dance, financial planning, stress management, hairstyling, make-up, healthy cooking, etc.
Arts & Crafts
Since 2021, we initiated home visits as part of the “Building Community, Building Tung Chung” project, targeting ethnic minority residents living in public housing estates to gain a better understanding of the needs of the ethnic minorities in the community as well as to provide them with the resources and support. During these visits and follow-up calls, our primary interactions were with mothers, daughters and wives. Through these in-depth conversations, we identified a significant need frequently brought up by the women: the desire to work from home to earn some pocket money for themselves and for the family.
We have successfully engaged with about 25 women in Tung Chung and beyond who have painted 1,500 pieces of coasters and bottles. This opportunity has not only enabled them to earn extra income but, more importantly, boosted their confidence and empowered them to do something on their own. Some of these women have even secured full-time jobs.
- Barclays (2022)
- Yau Tsim Mong District Office (2023)
- The Swire Group Charitable Trust (2020 – 2023)
To sponsor this programme, please contact:
Vibha Karnik | firstname.lastname@example.org | +852 2540-9588