Capacity building for marginalized women's project

 
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interactive learning exercise
interactive learning exercise

The capacity building project has proceeded into the 2nd phase where grassroots women participants will be having the 2nd round of training on Program Design and Implementation. In the past, they organized programs usually on a responsive and tasks-driven orientation. The coming training is to enhance their capacity to plan systematically on the programs that they are going to implement in the coming year, with a well thought objectives and able to integrate into their broader vision and missions of their organization. This training is especially unique as after the training, they will be given a practice opportunity to implement their self-designed program developed through the training with a small grant. We aimed through this way, they will be able to integrate what they have learned from the training into their actual work. 

The grassroots women's mutual organizations participating in this project are the least resourceful and marginalized groups in Hong Kong. Strengthening their capacities can help to bring their work and voices more visible in our society. Your donations can surely make a difference to improving their situation. Thank you !

After the first phase of the training completed, core members of the participating organizations applied the knowledge and skills they have learnt to operate their organization's activities. New leadership emerged as some active members felt more confident in themselves to manage the organization and were willing to  shoulder greater responsiblity to help developing the organization. They started to design their own fundraising activities and became more aware of developing a good system of planning and reporting within the organizations. Division of work amongst the committee members were more clear than before, and they could work more effectively as a team to carry out their programs and services. They also realized the need to nurture new members in their organizations and provide space for them to participate in helping the work of the organizations. The mutual help spirit within the organization became stronger, and the members of the participating groups are more committed than before.

The second phase of the training will start in March 2015 and we need your continuous donation to keep running the capacity building program. Thank you !!

The capacity building training continues, women participants from the marginalized sector gained knowledge and skills on organizational skills and knowledge. There were exercises in the training that helped them to integrate their learning with daily work practice in their mutual help organization. At the interim evaluation session, participants drew a self portrait of how she looked like now as compared to when she first joined the training.

The sharing on their self portraits was very encouraging ! One said, " I feel much stronger and confident to speak for myself ! I feel I 've learnt a lot useful things in this training " , another participant echoed, " the face in my self portrait is smiling because I feel so happy every time I joined the training, we get together to learn from each other and lots of fun ! " " Now I am more clear of my role as executive committee member in the organization and I learn to make decisions as leaders of our group. "

The training will continue to enhance their program skills in the next phase and we definitely need your donations to continue this project to empower marginalized women ! Please support !

Training session in progress
Training session in progress

We wish to extend our appreciation to the donors of this project to make this happen ! Although we are still to raise more funds for this project, we have started several sessions of training for the leaders of 3 grassroots and marginalized women's mutual help groups. The training focus on building capacities on organizational management, membership development and administrative skills. This is to enhance the mutual help women's groups to manage themselves in a more sustainable way, so that they can serve more women in the community in need of their support. The 3 groups involved are a local sex workers' mutual help group, a new immigrant women's group and a grassroots low income women's group.

The participants of the training find the training very useful to their organization's work and helped them to strategise on the work they are doing. They hope, there could be more support in their application of their learning from the training, to further apply to their daily work in the organization. This requires more resources for providing mentorship support, and we hope funds can be available to further this aspect of work. Please continue to support this project and do help us to spread the words for more support from your network ! Your kindness and giving is much appreciated !

revisiting their organizational values and mission
revisiting their organizational values and mission
learning and sharing with each other
learning and sharing with each other

The capacity building project for marginalized women is paving the way to enhance grassroots women's leadership. Members in the marginalized groups come from the grassroots. Due to their care-giver role, taking care of the family and children, their community participation is very much confined and lacks the opportunity to develop their potentials and capacities. Many of them see themselves as inadequate and have a low self esteem. They hardly realize their strengths and contribution to society. Through this capacity building project, the participating women are able to learn new skills and apply them in their own organization. At the same time, they will be empowered to learn to appreciate themselves and their strengths. It is only through recognizing one's strength that one can be confident in serving the others. This is what we aim to do : helping others to help themselves.

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Project Leader

Linda To

Executive Director
Hong Kong SAR, China Hong Kong

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