Capacity building for marginalized women's project

by HER Fund
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 !  

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 !


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HER Fund

Location: Hong Kong - Hong Kong
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Project Leader:
Linda To
Executive Director
Hong Kong SAR, China Hong Kong

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