A wealthy economy, like Hong Kong does not necessarily indicate a commitment to social change philanthropy, and a developed economy does not necessarily go hand in hand with even distribution of resources. To combat imbalances in resource distribution, there is a strategic need to raise donations to support the capacity building of the small grassroots and marginalized women's organizations, so that they can provide peer to peer service to women facing similar situation as well as organizing collective action to improve the social situation. With the donation, a group of low income women, who are care-givers of the family, were able to conduct a training workshop on organizational management, skills on finance and adminstration and fundraising. This capacity building opportunity allowed them to reflect on their organization's development and to give further insights to them for future growth. Participants became more confident in themselves after the training, which was good to themselves, their families and the community.
May 7, 2013
Capacity building strengthens women self help
By Linda To - Executive Director, HER Fund
The four self help women's organizations from the marginalized sector, including sex workers, migrants, new immigrant women and single mothers are doing peer support work ranging from hotline service, escort to welfare agencies to advocacy for policy change. This peer mutual help is an effective way to help women in difficult situation, as they can learn from their sisters' sharing and see how they can go through those difficult times and stand on their feet confidently again. In order to sustain this good work, the leaders of the women's groups need to build their organizational capacity. This capacity building program includes skills that can strengthen their organization's administrative and fiancial management, as well as fundraising capacity. We believe this could allow them to build their work on a more solid and substantial ground.