HER Fund

HER Fund was set up on March 8, 2004 by a group of women activists in honour of International Women's Day. Our main objective is to raise funds and give grants to support work by women, with women and for women in Hong Kong. Next to this, an important aspect of our work is to raise awareness of women's position and rights in Hong Kong. Our mission is mobilizing resources and investing in empowering women and girls to create change in communities for gender equality.
Jun 7, 2016

Strengthened to Launch a New Phase

in-house trainer training for one group
in-house trainer training for one group

As the Capacity Building project moves to its final stage, women leaders from the 3 organizations are much confident to manage and to lead their organizations into a new phase. Four participants of the project are actively engaged in their organizations as organizers, they carry out their community outreaching work, services and support groups independently with systematic plans and effective work tasks. They also learn to mobilize outside resources, both financial and human resources to support their work.

One participant who became the Chairperson of the new immigrant women's group said," I am more outspoken now, I dare to express my ideas and opinions during our meetings and responded positively to others' comments ! " another participant who used to shy away from taking the lead said in our evaluation session," I now know how to organize an event for our members in a systematic way, I drafted a plan and designed an evaluation method to collect feedback from members so that we can improve our work for the future !"

Although one organization is now going through leadership transition, the other trained members of the group are much equipped with the knowledge and skills to take the lead and successing the leadership. It has shown that these 3 participating organizations are much strengthened through the capacity building process, and are ready to move to a new phase with greater sustainability.

Thank you for your generous donations in making this possible, allowing small grassroots and marginalized women's groups to develop and women leaders are empowered to manage the groups in a more sustainable way ! In the coming 3 months towards the end of the project, our in-house trainer will carry out an in-depth evaluation with all the participants of the project by individual interviews and focused group method. Their feedback and evaluation towards the project will be shared with you in our next report. Thank you again, your support does make a difference !

Mar 14, 2016

The Achievements

The Capacity Building program was launched almost 3 years. The 3 marginalized and grassroots women's self help organizations have built capacity through core training and the inputs from in-house trainers. Leaders of the groups learnt skills and practice what they have learnt to improve their work in their daily operation of the organization. 2 of the participating leaders became part-time staff of the New Immigrant women's group, they became more equipped with the capacities to organize programs and activities for other women.

With you donation and support, women are empowered to lead and to serve more women in need. Recently, one of the participating organizations, JJJ Association, a sex workers self-help group, designed and organized a very successful fundraising event to raise over USD 2000 for running their organization. They used their learnings in planning and delivering the event - a series of interesting Tours on Sex work, aiming to raise funds as well as breaking the myths towards sex work and sex. They also held a small workshop to teach the participants to make condoms. Donations were raised through entry fees and displaying donation collection box. The event was well organized and attracted many people from the community to join.

We can see the women leaders of the organizations are more equipped and capable to organize innovative and interesting fundraising events for their organizations as a result of our capacity building project. This also allows the organizations to be more sustainable and able to engage more people from the community to support their work.

While we are counting the achievements of this project, we deeply appreciate your givings and support to this project ! In the coming last phase of the capacity building program, we will be deepening their knowledge on project monitoring, evaluation and report writing. We still need your support to this project at this last phase and looking forward to bringing more good news updates to you ! Thank you !

Dec 15, 2015

Seeing the Difference Made

We are excited to share with you that last week, we had a mid-evaluation sharing session with the participants from the 3 organizations. They shared how they applied their learnings to the daily organization's work such as designing activities, nurturing new members and outreaching work in the community.

In the sharing session, they shared their most updated work and activities, their organization's most exciting recent progress and their future work plan. At the same time, they were asked to cross-check what were the skills and knowledge they had used from their capacity building training. It was amazed to see all three groups can make good use of their learnings to strengthen the quality of their service, such as activites they planned were now more systematic; they knew how to make a realistic budget and finance control of each program; they realized the importance of program evaluation and designed ways to collect feedback from the participants; and more, they had raised some amount of donations from their fundraising event. One member shared, " we are more organized now, and everyone of us now play a part in the organization ! "  Another encouraging news is, one grassroots woman leader is now employed as a paid part-time organizer in their organization. She expressed that ," I am more confident in myself and I used the things I've learnt from the training in my work all the time ! "
 

Seeing their growth and positive change is the best evidence of empowerment ! Basic Core training on organizational management for the 3 marginalized women's organizations had completed 6 months ago, but the Capacity Building project continues with in-house trainers to guide their work and help them to integrate their learnings to their work in the organization. They are also preparing their DIY community project and to fundraise HK$10,000 to meet the matching grant of HK$ 40,000  for launching their community project.In the coming months, we are to raise enough donations for the matching grant to support their DIY community projects. We hope you will donate to this meaningful capacity building initiative as a recognition to their efforts and achievements made !  

 

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