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Project SASA ----- South Asians Support Alliance
(Funded by Community Investment and Inclusion Fund under the Health,
Welfare and Food Bureau)
The project had been ended on 15 February 2007.
Newsletters - Issue.12
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When there’re H.O.P.E.S., there’s better future!

Dear members, volunteers and partners,

Time is running so fast that Project SASA has completed our 3-year journey of facilitating better social inclusion in the society.

For our teammates, the experiences gained in the past 3 years are one of the most precious moments in our lives that we will never forget. In fact, Project SASA was grown up by absorbing energies from your trust, participation and support! So, thanks very much for all of you!

“When there’re H.O.P.E.S., there’s better future!” is the slogan of our closing ceremony. With each letter of “HOPES” stands for 5 different elements.

“H” stands for “harmony”which signifies the harmonious relationships established in our team, groups, programs and partnership with other organizations. All of these valuable relationships reminded us that there is only one human race once we open ourselves to know, to concern and support each others.

“O”represents “optimism”which points out the importance of upholding an open and positive attitude in respecting and accepting diverse cultures. In the previous 3 years, hundreds of people had been opened up their mind in knowing each others cultures through our multicultural programs. Some of them even joined hands in promoting multicultural appreciation in the community such as the “ReMi.com”.

“P”comes from “participation”which means the significance of energetic participation to show concerns on essential social issues. Showing care to the tragedy of South Asian tsunami, voicing out opinions on the Race Discrimination Bill and the educational reform as well as cooperating in conducting a survey on understanding ethnic minority women’s situations all demonstrated members’ global vision. Apart from the household issues, there are lots more for us to concern outside our backyards.

“E” stands for “empowerment” which indicates the value of everlasting effort in self-development and better adjustment. In the previous years, many of our members had attended several of our classes and groups from which they had not only gained knowledge and skills, but developed self-confidence in facing problems and creating better future.

At last, “S” represents “society”which symbolizes the worth of serving others in the community. It was through contribution in volunteer works that our members helped in generating a more socially inclusive society which belongs to all.

In the final issue of our newsletter, we will review our wonderful experiences so as to reveal the essence of these 5 elements. We hope that more and more people conscious of and demonstrate the 5 elements in their daily lives, hence establishing prosperous future for all.

Thanks again for your support and wish you all good prospects!

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Yours faithfully

Karrie Chan
Project Leader

February 2007

 

 

 

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Harmony: Establishing Harmonious Relationships in the Society

Harmony surrounds the team

Ekman: “Project SASA is not only my work place, but my second home!”

photoThe most impressive feeling for me to work in Project SASA is that,” Project SASA is not only my work place, but my second home.” It is really unexpected that I could build up so close and supportive relationship with every staff in here, even though I felt worry to communicate and work with them in the beginning.

photoDuring past year in Project SASA, there were several remarkable and moving experiences that I could feel of being supported and concerned by my staff. Their unconditional acceptance, caring, encouragement and spiritual support made me feel warm and secure, especially when I faced to some difficulties or challenges in my work and my personal life. 

Although we have differences among our cultures, it also creates the opportunity for us to share in it. ?Furthermore, it was also valuable to have some sincere and in-depth sharing of our thinking and feeling that enhanced our understanding as well as respect to each others’ cultures and values.

photo“Time is running fast, especially the happy hours.”

As the end of Project SASA is coming, I would like to thank all my dearest colleagues for bringing wonderful and unforgettable moments in my life and this will become my energy for my work in the coming future.

I am proud of my colleagues and also be a part of Project SASA.

Sita: “I never knew that one day these EM languages made my life totally different till I joined Hong Kong Christian Service.”

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I still remember my mother was saying that “if I could speak Chinese rather than ethnic minority (EM) languages, I would had more chances of getting a decent job in Hong Kong”. When I look at myself, I felt I am loosing my strength and my confidence day by day and I never knew that one day these EM languages made my life totally different since I joined Hong Kong Christian Service.

photoIt was till I joined the social service field that I came to know how language definitely matters to all EM people and their children. Many EM people are leaving behind in many aspects just because of language barrier. During my working experience, I had come across of many difficulties together with the EM members. Their touching real life stories and their strength in facing the challenges made me stronger and made me even more positive to lives of the EM community.

Last but not least, I would like to thank all Project SASA colleagues for giving me a full of support and my Project Leader for offering me positive feedback. Without their support I could not able to reached this far.

Mandeep: “If I have any chance to serve the community in the coming future I would love to as I have been ready for it.”

photo I have been working in Project SASA for more than a year but the feeling is like I had been here for centuries as I am so used to here. Although I was given a name to work here as an interpreter but I’m very happy to learn every other things too.

photoWhen I first came to Project SASA I was so new to the social service field, everything was so new to me that I didn’t know what to do. However, I don’t feel like going to other fields because I have realized that I got to learn new and interesting things as well as making contribution to the society.

All the colleagues and the project leader are so unique and so sweet that without their help I would not have reached this stage. Everyone here is so helpful and willing to teach me new things no matter how busy they are.

photoI would like to thank all my colleagues and my project leader for everything they have done for me and for always being there for me. Moreover I would like to thank our members for giving me new experiences in different stages and times.

The project is going to an end but I am sure that we will still be attached to each other and search for more opportunities to help the society. If I have any chance to serve the community in the coming future I would love to as I have been ready for it.

Wai Han: “ I am glad to work with my colleagues as they taught me a lot!”

photo 在Project SASA工作已經八個月了。能夠有機會與南亞裔同事一齊工作,感覺真的很好!彼此之間不單能夠一齊工作,而且關係亦很像朋友一樣,真的很開心!photo
“What a chance to work with the South Asian Colleagues that I felt so good!”

我在Project SASA學了很東西。除了學到南亞裔文化外,亦知道人與人間的溝通是很重要的。很多認識我的人都知道我的英文不太靈光,與同事和會員溝通時很多時都需要找人翻譯,但大家也很耐心地協助我。
“I had not only learned more about the South Asian cultures but also recognized the importance of communicating with one and others.”

photo隨著時間過去,Project SASA現在已到達尾聲。這八個月來,我很榮幸能夠認識一班好同事,令我學懂了很多!在此多謝各位的幫助,沒有你們,便沒有今日的Wai Han!多謝大家!
“I am glad to know a group of nice colleagues who taught me a lot!”

此外,我亦希望”Shringar”的成員,繼續努力,邁向自己的目標前進!
“I hope that all “Shringar” members could keep stepping forward for better future!”

Gokul: “I must say that it is one of the happiest experiences in my life because of the teamwork and harmonious relationships among people of different ethnicity.”

photo I would like to thanks to Hong Kong Christian Service for offering me a lot of idea and knowledge in the social service field. Working in Hong Kong Christian Service not only gave me a lot of opportunities to enhance my self-confidence and strength but gave me happiness and satisfaction in my career. This career is really interesting as it has demonstrated strong relationship between human and society.

photoWell, let me share about my feeling of working in Project SASA. Though I have not worked for long time in Project SASA, I must say that it is one of the happiest experiences in my life because of the teamwork and harmonious relationships among people of different ethnicity. As a team, we always listen and respect to each others’ ideas that makes the team success.

I really want to thanks to Karrie and Ekman who always gave me support, encouragement and positive feedback, which made me thrilled and enthusiastic. I also want to thanks to all my colleagues because they always helped me whenever in need. photoI know that sometimes there were some difficulties due to the language barrier but we all tried to communicate with each others with patience.

Besides, I want to thanks to our members who have really shown their concern towards the society. I am looking forward to see your much more participation in the future. Without your support I think that a harmonious society would never been built.

Good Luck! I wish all the best for your future!

Harmony among different cultures

J Force & volunteers from Caritas Eastern District Education Centre

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SASA colleagues with lovely kids from HKCS Lei Cheng Uk Nursery School

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SASA members & their senior friends from HKCS Fortune and So Uk Neighborhood Centre

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SASA members & students from C.C.C. Ming Yin College

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Friends of diverse cultures from the “ReMi.com”

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Students from the Po Leung Kuk Celine Ho Yam Tong College & friends from our Loving Shamshuipo Shop Network

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Mentors & mentees of CJ Force

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CJ Force II & the police officers from JPC of Shamshuipo District

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Optimism: Upholding open and positive attitudes in learning and respecting other cultures

Learn to cook tasty Chinese food

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Share Nepalese cooking recipes with Chinese friends

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Hey! We could make beautiful lanterns

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Show off the gorgeous Henna Art

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Recognize the similarity & respect the differences, there is so much for us to share & learn from each others

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Hello! Can you tell me……?

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The Multicultural Community Educational Kit & VCD jointly produced by participants from diverse cultures

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Let’s taste a little bit South Asian food (Roti)

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Let me try to write some Chinese calligraphy

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Elderly: “See! It’s easy to make Chinese dumplings”

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Kids: “Let us tell you something about Nepal!” easy to make Chinese

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Participation: Showing concerns not only on household issues but social issues as well

Conern on promoting racial harmony

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Concern on the South Asian Tsunami

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Concern on the Educational Reform

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Assist in producing VCD for learning Simple Cantonese

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Joining the Loving Shamshuipo Shop Network

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Empowerment: Seeking actively for self-enhancement and better adjustment

Learn Better Languages

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Equip IT Skills

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Learn to be good parent & good child

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Develop Interests & Enhance Confidence

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Sabu (Member of the “Shringar” Ladies Mutual Support Group): “My future aspiration is to become one of the top recognized beauticians in the field!”

photoSince I joined the “Shringar” in June 2005, I have got chances to learn beautician skill and knowledge as well as having opportunity to exchange my experiences with our members. Besides, I have got chance in starting my career in beautician field with some other members in early 2006. Through visit to other beautician shops and training centers, team members and I also collected ideas in setting up and expending our business. Now, I am still learning advance courses to upgrade my skills so as to provide services to the customers like other professional beauticians do. In addition, I am learning basic knowledge of accounting as well as Cantonese dialects so as to facilitate better management of our business and better communicate with local customers as well.

Furthermore, I involved in volunteer works such as serving elderly women by offering facial treatment for them, selling charity flags and tickets and helped in conducting a survey on EM ladies’ conditions in HK. It was through these volunteer works that I found myself more confident, self-enhanced and able to speak out. At the very beginning I was not confident to do such things, but now I feel there is nothing impossible and all we need is participation.

My future aspiration is to become one of the top recognized beauticians in the field. Besides, I will try my best to encourage our member striving to achieve our strategic direction. Last but not least, I will give support to other EM ladies so that more of them can step forward for self-enhancement as well as contributing to the society through volunteer work..

Society: Serving and contributing to the society belongs to all

Serving the Community

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*Project SASA-South Asians Support Alliance is funded by the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund (CIIF) under the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau.

CIIF AND ENHANCING SOCIAL CAPITAL

CIIF AND ENHANCING SOCIAL CAPITAL

The CIIF is a Government Fund to encourage mutual aid and concern. The Fund supports projects that can mobilize community resources, build mutual help networks and develop partnerships with business and professional bodies to create opportunities. Together we can build a more supportive, inclusive and vibrant community. For more information, please visit the CIIF web site http://www.hwfb.gov.hk/ciif.

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