Capacity building for marginalized women's project

by HER Fund
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Leaders to be the MC of their fundraising event
Leaders to be the MC of their fundraising event

The Project,  lasted for 3 years, has come to its final stage in October 2016. A consultant was hired to conduct a comprehensive evaluation on the project by collecting feedback from the participants, the in-house trainers through individual interviews and focus group method. According to the below 3 objectives of the project, we have achieved encouraging results.

Objectives :

  1. To strengthen the organizational capacities of self-help marginalized women's groups
  2. To empower the fundraising capacity of the self-help marginalized women's groups
  3. To increase society's awareness and support to the vulnerable/marginalized groups in Hong Kong

One organization, due to emergency happened to the chairperson, has suspended their work and thus failed to continue their participation in this project. The remaining two organizations , a sex workers' self help organization and a new immigrant women's organization have achieved amazing change in their organization. From their learning in the core trainings, both had successfully designed their fundraising event and raised over the required amount of USD 1300. We matched the amount with USD 5000, and the sex workers organization used the raised fund to organize a community education program, while the new immigrant women's group to organize a learning exchange for their members to Taiwan new immigrant women's services.

Grassroots leaders of the two organizations have immense growth in their confidence, awareness, knowledge and skills on organizational management, below are quotes from the participants said, "   

at the beginning, I am afraid to express my opinions, now I am more proactive, eager to join in groups and ask questions”

after the training, there is obvious improvement of my skills in facilitating discussion in exco meetings, encouraging their participation in discussion and leading the organization to move forward.”

There was significant positive in their team work within the executive committee, as one said,

“Now our exco can contribute themselves in different parts of the work in the organization. Every one has her specific role to play.”

“Most significant improvement is in dealing with organizational matters, there are more division of work, discussion and can solve problems together in less time.”

As their work became more organized and well managed, they also have improved their communication skills and increase support from the community. The participants said with excitement ,

More people are aware of the activities we organized, such as the fundraising event.”

“Have positive feedback from participants of our community activities.”

Grassroots women leaders are empowered to lead the organizations and are able to recruit new potential members into their executive committee, with their growth and raised in capacities, they are capable to support the development of the organizations and serving more women in the community who are in need of help and support. All these achievements are made possible because of your donations and encouragement ! Thank you so much !!

fundraising dinner organized by the women
fundraising dinner organized by the women
interesting tour fundraise for sex workers
interesting tour fundraise for sex workers' rights

The 3-year capacity building project was completed in June 2016. To have a thorough evaluation of project, our in-house trainer conducted a systematic evaluation by questionnaire and individual interview with the participants of the capacity building project.

The changes made are at all levels, including individual and organizational capacities, impacting change in the community/ raising community awareness and engagement, which allow them to mobilize more resources and be more sustainable to continue their future work.

The most and strategic achievements of the project is the strengthening of governance capacity of the 2 organizations. This allow the grassroots and marginalized leaders to know their roles and responsibility, to execute their decision-making ability and to adhere to their organization’s visions and missions. Their enthusiasm raised and with much eagerness to learn to perform their governing roles. They are now much aware of the importance of training and nurturing new leaders in the organization, and this help the organization to move forward in a sustainable way.

The participants felt the most important difference of this project than those they have had before, is the integration of learning into their actual work in the organization. They were able to see the improvements made and this provided an empowering experience to them. Morale and spirit in both organizations are high though this does not mean all problems are solved. The significance is, they are more resilience in face for challenges in the future.

Quotes from the women leaders :

at the beginning, I am afraid to express my opinions, now I am more proactive, eager to join in groups and ask questions”

“Now our exco can contribute themselves in different parts of the work in the organization. Every one has her specific rol“ Learn how to introduce myself and the work of our organization and solicit support, which lead us to raise more money

Thank you for your generous donations for making this wonderful change !  

I was with no hands and body, now I got them
I was with no hands and body, now I got them
the road was narrow, now it is widened !
the road was narrow, now it is widened !
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 !

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 !

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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HER Fund

Location: Hong Kong - Hong Kong
Website: http:/​/​www.herfund.org.hk/​
Project Leader:
Linda To
Executive Director
Hong Kong SAR, China Hong Kong

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