17 January 2023

Press release: Zubin’s Family Centre opens First facility catering to special needs of ethnic minority children in Hong Kong


Hong Kong, 17 January – The Zubin Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives
of Hong Kong’s marginalised ethnic minorities, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the
opening of Zubin Family Centre. Located in the Austin MTR Station, the centre is the first facility in
Hong Kong to provide ethnic minority children with special education needs with counselling services
in Nepali, Hindi, Urdu and English.

The ceremony was officiated by Chris Sun, Secretary for Labour and Welfare; Shalini Mahtani,
Founder and CEO of The Zubin Foundation; Michael Kwok, East Asia Region Chair of Arup; Tim
Threlkeld, Managing Director of TCG Construction; David Wallis, Managing Director, Institutional
Equity Division and Chair of the Hong Kong Philanthropy Committee of Morgan Stanley; Jeny
Yeung, Hong Kong Transport Services Director of MTR; Purviz Shroff, Founder of Rusy and Purviz
Shroff Charitable Foundation; Rob Wall, Managing Director of JEB Group; and Ravi Gidumal, Cofounder and Board Chair of The Zubin Foundation.

In Hong Kong, one-third of all ethnic minority children live in poverty. They are mostly Indians,
Pakistanis and Nepalis who live in Hong Kong, most born and raised locally. In the 2020/21 school
year, the number of diagnosed non-Chinese speaking students with special educational needs in public
schools (including aided special schools and ordinary primary and secondary schools) was 1,260. The
centre has been established to help change this reality.

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