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May 8, 2014

Helping others to help themselves

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.

Feb 20, 2014

Capacity Building Enhances Women Helping Themselves

HER Fund has been giving small grants to marginalized women self-help organizations to run programs that allow them to support each other. Programs like hotline support, peer escort to government offices for seeking help, homevisiting, mutual support group and vocational skills learning, all these programs are organized by women members themselves to help other women who are going through the similar life challenges such as faing a divorce, being discriminated due to their race and background for surviving from abuse.  

In order to help these small organizations become more sustainable, organizational capacity building is essential , this include training on organizational management, strategic planning, accounting and fundraising knowledge. The members can then manage their organizations in a more structured and systematic way and be more accountable to the public. They can then run their work  independently and enhances them to help more women with similar background.

Jul 23, 2013

Capacity building matters

Discussion during training of new immigrant women
Discussion during training of new immigrant women

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.

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