Capacity building for marginalized women's project

by HER Fund

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 !  

When this Capacity Building Project started 2 years ago, the participants from the 3 participating marginalized women's self-help organizations were enthusiastic and committed to lead the organizations but they were not equipped with the knowledge and skills of leading. Eventhough they had the urge to learn and they saw the need,  they have no idea about their roles and responsiblities as governing members and how they can manage the organizations effectively.

Through the workshops and the mentoring support from in-house trainers, the participants have, not only acquired the skills and knowledge in running the organizations but become confident to try and make new attempts. They designed their own fundraising and service programs , maximizing their output and more grassroots women can be benefitted from their work.

The 3 organizations will be launching their own DIY ( Do it Yourself ) fundraisng and service program in the coming 4 months and they had prepared well-thought  program proposals for HER Fund to sponsor their work.

Another recent encouraging news is, 2 participants from the New Immigrant Women's Group stepped down from the Executive Committee and became the part-time paid workers of the organization, with a mission to expand their services to a new low-income area in Tokawan. From their growth and development, they are then able to help other women in need and be the peer model to them.

Your donation to this project does not only serve those in need but building capacities of grassroots women leaders to bring positive change to the community and help those in need. The output multiplies and the impact sustains. We still need your donation to support their DIY programs and we hope you will give to add strength to this initiative.

Thank you for your support !

The 3 sessions of Program Design training were successfully held in April and May. 3 self-help women’s groups with 19 core members participating in the training felt that the training was very useful to their work. 84% of the participants rated 8 or above in the 10 points-score expressing that they have now more confidence to work on developing a proposal and designing a program for their organization. They shared that the learning was useful and they can now try to plan in a more systematic way, knowing the steps and framework of designing a program. After the training, the 3 groups will move on to design a program to be carried out to meet the needs of their members and women in the community – the DIY program. They will raise 1300 USD by themselves and a matching grant of 5000 USD will be given to each group to implement the program they designed.

The sex workers group is planning to run an educational program targeting the public to understand “sex work is work”; the new immigrant women’s group is developing a program to expand their services and organizing work in a new district area; and the grassroots women’s group is going to develop a program on peer support work.

This capacity building process aims to enhance their application of learning into their day-to-day work in the organization so that they have the ability to help more women in need. Your donation definitely can help make this happen and surely we will share more with you as they move on to running the DIY programs in the coming months. Thank you !

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 !!

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Organization Information

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