Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Empowering children through art.


Hi, thank you for stopping by!

We’ve received a few emails and messages suggesting that making purchases or a donation on our new Hands of Action website for the children’s art project is a little too complicated or confusing. We’re working on simplifying it, but in the meantime:

Step 1. Go to homepage.

Step 2. Click on the icon “Drawings" in the black bar at the top of the page - there you will find a drop down menu - “Prices and Info” and “Drawings”.

Step 3. Click on “Prices and Info” for a brief background.

Step 4. Click on “Drawings” and a mosiac of drawings will appear. As you “mouse over” each one they will change colour and a yellow spot will appear in the middle. Double click and a full page version of the image will appear.

Step 5. Above and underneath each image you will see a “Buy Now” button, which allows you to pay by PayPal or credit card.

Step 6. If you are purchasing just one image, enter the print number in the description box, and then put the figure “8” (representing 8 HK Dollars) in the item box. If you are buying multiples, you can do this individually for each print, or just once by entering all the reference numbers and a multiple of 8. (8 Hong Kong dollars is a little over US$1 or about 60 euro cents).

Step 7. If you would also like to make a contribution to the programs of Hands of Action, obviously we welcome your generosity. Just add that to the figure for the print(s) you wish to purchase.

This is a great initiative for the children, getting them engaged and giving them a sense of “empowerment” that they too have a role to play in improving their own future, and that of their community.

Once again we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that this project is entirely run by volunteers, there are no overheads, so everything you donate goes to the children.

In addition, for every print purchased or donation made before December 31st, Shirley and I will also donate HK$1.

These children have opened their hearts to us through their art, let’s open ours.

Thank you!



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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

A Christmas Gift of Life - For a dollar.


We have recently relaunched the Hands of Action Children’s Art Project with a brand new website packed with new pictures and information about the projects of HOA in Eastern Uganda.

As a special launch promotion, we are offering all of these charming images at just US$1 - that’s right, just one dollar each. And unlike many other fundraisers at this time of year, we guarantee that with the exception of PayPal and bank charges - every cent goes to programmes supporting the children. We are all volunteers so there’s no administrative overhead.

Please note, the PayPal account on the site is hosted in Hong Kong, so payments must be made in HKDollars - that will be HKD8 for each print.

Where the money goes:

For example: US$100 will feed more than 45 orphans for a month - that’s just over two dollars each.

Another US$100 would buy enough mosquito nets to save up to 24 young lives every year.

The other terms and conditions regarding re-use of the images apply, but until the end of the month, you can buy
these amazing images of Ugandan life through the eyes of a child for just a dollar.

Please visit the website ChildOfUganda.com - choose your pictures, pay a dollar, and we’ll get a high quality digital reproduction back to you by email within 48 hours.

You can use as a screensaver on your computer or mobile device, or print to a high quality for a framed picture in your home or office.

These images are totally unique, and were hand painted by children who wish to take an active part in the creation of their own future.

All orders received by us between midnight Wednesday 19th December 2012 and 31st December 2012  - will qualify for this discount.

Together, let’s give these children the promise of a fantastic New Year.

Thank you. 

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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

People Trafficking - Hong Kong again fails to meet minimum standards.


Reproduced here are segments of the reports released from 2007 to 2012 by the U.S. Department of State on the Trafficking in Persons.

In 2007 and 2008 Hong Kong was described as "complying with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. Since 2009, it has not. Why not? And what are the minimum standards? Given the seriousness of the crime, shouldn't we be judging countries on whether they fully comply with the maximum standards for the elimination of trafficking rather than the minimum?


2012 Trafficking in Persons Report - Hong Kong
The HKSAR Government does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government made no discernible progress over previous years in law enforcement efforts against sex trafficking or forced labor; it secured six sex trafficking convictions and no forced labor convictions. The government identified 12 trafficking victims during the reporting period, and while it trained law enforcement on investigating trafficking, the continued lack of a single, comprehensive law to prohibit all forms of trafficking and protect victims impeded results.


2011 Trafficking in Persons Report - Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China is a destination and transit territory for men and women from mainland China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Cambodia, and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, subjected to forced prostitution and possibly forced labor. Women from Hong Kong have also been subjected to forced prostitution in Canada. Some migrants are lured to Hong Kong by criminal syndicates or acquaintances with promises of financial rewards and deceived about the nature of the prospective work.

The Government of Hong Kong does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.


2010 Trafficking in Persons Report - Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China is a destination and transit territory for men and women from mainland China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, some of whom are subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically conditions of domestic servitude and forced prostitution. Some migrants are lured by criminal syndicates or acquaintances with promises of financial rewards and deceived about the nature of their future jobs. Upon arrival in Hong Kong, these migrants are forced into prostitution to repay money owed for their passage to Hong Kong.

The Government of Hong Kong does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.


2009 Trafficking in Persons Report - Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China is a destination and transit territory for men and women from mainland China, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and elsewhere in Southeast Asia trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation. Hong Kong is primarily a transit point for illegal migrants, some of whom are subject to conditions of debt bondage, forced commercial sexual exploitation, and forced labor. Hong Kong is also a destination for women from the Chinese mainland and Southeast Asia who travel to Hong Kong voluntarily for legal employment in restaurants, bars, and hotels, but upon arrival are coerced into prostitution under conditions of debt bondage.

The Government of Hong Kong does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.


2008 Trafficking in Persons Report - Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China is a destination and transit territory for men and women trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. Hong Kong is primarily a transit point for illegal migrants, some of whom are subject to conditions of debt bondage, sexual exploitation, and forced labor. To a lesser extent, Hong Kong is a destination for women from the Chinese mainland and Southeast Asia who travel to Hong Kong voluntarily for legal employment in restaurants, bars, and hotels, but upon arrival are coerced into prostitution under conditions of debt bondage.

The Government of Hong Kong fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.


2007 Trafficking in Persons Report - Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China is a transit and destination territory for men and women trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. Hong Kong is primarily a transit point for illegal migrants, some of whom are subject to conditions of debt bondage, sexual exploitation, and forced labor.

The Government of Hong Kong fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.



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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

What happened to your sense of justice?


This is the story of a brave man, a Somali journalist, 
who risked everything to help a couple he had never met. 

He wasn’t seeking a reward. For him, the safety and well-being of the couple were paramount. 

That was the goal. 

But his efforts came at an unexpectedly high cost, 
one he is still paying more than four years after the events described below. 

And now he needs your help. 

In August 2008 photojournalists Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan were reporting
on refugees escaping factional fighting in the Mogadishu area of Somalia.

On August 23rd, just a few days after their arrival, they were kidnapped by gunmen
as they were driving from their hotel to a refugee camp. 

Within hours, news of their disappearance was appearing on the wires.

Friends of Amanda and Nigel, many of them journalists, began calling on their contacts
in Somalia to see if they had any information.

One man stepped forward, a video-journalist who worked for the same network Amanda had
previously been associated with.

You can read more about him here in an article published in the Edmonton Journal

The piece was written a little over a week after Amanda and Nigel had been freed from their
15 months in captivity.

It was reproduced in several other publications across Canada.

Wilton had written an earlier piece that appeared in theCalgary Herald that contained more background.

Other news services, such as UPI, were also picking up on the story. 'Journalists want recognition for savior’ it wrote.  


The Globe and Mail: Amanda Lindhout comes home


And not just the Canadian media, Australia too.

'Light shed on Brennan’s capture' was the headline in the NewsMail of the 8th December 2009.

There are many, many more.

You would be forgiven for thinking that Lindhout and Brennan would forever consider themselves 
in this man’s debt and would move heaven and earth to find some way to repay his kindness.

Furthermore, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that grateful Australian and Canadian governments 
would have rewarded his “selfless heroism” with some sort of acknowledgement.

But you’d be wrong.

Nigel and Amanda moved on. The international media lost interest. 

Ottawa and Canberra have effectively ‘thrown him under a bus’ 
in an effort to distance themselves from their own largely ineffective efforts at the beginning of the hostage drama.

Even the esteemed Committee to Protect Journalists, 
who were once at the forefront of trying to get recognition or acknowledgement for this man, 
have now washed their hands of the affair.

To quote a recent email from CPJ: “He hasn’t been a working journalist now for three years,
so he falls outside our mandate”.

He’s been forgotten.

By the West at least. But not by the men in masks who still terrorise him and his family. 
Preventing him from working and earning a living.

He’s still there, in Mogadishu. Living in poverty and fear.

His gear has been stolen, cameras, phones, laptop. 

He is now unable to support his family. His children are hungry. 

All because he did the decent, some say heroic, thing.

He isn’t seeking publicity. He isn’t seeking to discredit the narratives 
that Amanda and Nigel have built around themselves since their release. 

Above all, he isn’t seeking to embarrass the governments of Canada
and Australia.

What can you do? 

Demand an inquiry. Demand justice, Get this man and his family 
help they so desperately need and justly deserve. 






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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Amanda Lindhout, Nigel Brennan & Ahmed



This is an open letter to all Australians, Canadians and people of conscience. 

Please do not let this story go away. 


I have known Amanda Lindhout for a very long time. We haven’t actually met face-to-face, but we’ve had a long association. 

I have never met Nigel Brennan. He, nor any members of his family, have made any attempt to contact me 
or acknowledge the role played by Ahmed. 

At the time Amanda and I established communication she was working with PressTV as a correspondent in Baghdad. Difficult times. She would often call me - or I her - and have lengthy conversations about her problems in that war-torn city. 

We’d also spend extended time on MSN or some other social network chatting about how dangerous things were for her. 

We became quite close. Amanda was being treated abysmally by the management of PressTV. She was being threatened by her bureau chief, which at one point led to the management sending an email to the bureau chief (which I still have) stating: You are not allowed to kill our correspondent. 

I kid you not. 

It was an awful situation. 

When she quit and started working as a freelance for organisations such as France24 and CTV, I was happy for her. 

She moved on, and began working on other projects. 

I was communicating with her on Facebook the day before she was taken hostage. 

The rest - the 15 months captivity and her subsequent release you you can research on the Internet. 

I am in awe of her courage to venture back to East Africa, and as someone who is closely involved with the NGO and charitable sector myself,
her success in raising awareness and helping those in need is nothing short of heroic. Plaudits, kudos. 

But I am troubled. Deeply troubled. 

This enquiry in Australia might provide some interesting - but lengthy - reading. 


Several thousand words long, it makes absolutely no reference to the part played by Ahmed and his efforts to make
the first proof of life call. 

There is something extraordinary happening here too. 

Not mentioned in the report are claims by by Lorinda Stewart that she was in contact with the kidnappers 
basically from day one. 


Her alleged communication with a character called “Adan” or “Adam” might have been useful to Ahmed. Might have saved is life. Or got him killed. 

But this was never passed on to us. Why? The alleged first proof of life with Amanda apparently happened 
before the one arranged by Ahmed. We were not told. Why? 

Because they never happened? Because these are all figments of fertile imaginations hoping to score a decent part 
in the HBO movie “The Heroes Who Saved Amanda and Nigel”?

I am troubled. And I am angry. 

I received an email from Ahmed yesterday accusing me of also being among those who have abandoned him. 

After his usefulness was at an end, the Australian and Canadian governments have made every effort to abrogate ther responsibilities
with totally unsubstantiated suggestions that Ahmed was somehow complicit in the kidnapping.

Well not even suggestions. More like hints. “Do we really know who this guy is?” Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.  

I find this absurd.

They also suggested that while he might have been a “good guy” to begin with, he was “turned” by the kidnappers 
with promises of sharing the loot. So he was complicit. 

My first reaction is to consider this an insulting and deliberately misleading “red herring”. 

I was there. So was my wife. Almost 24 hours a day on the computer, on the phone, 
maintaining links, serving tea and coffee to the AFP and RCMP sitting in our living room. 

But I am also realistic. Ahmed has spent his entire life in a country without law, order, morals... 

So maybe he was “turned”. Faced with abject poverty, a sick father (who later died), half a dozen hungry kids, 
and Westerners who - to be frank - have never kept a bloody promise in their life. Who wouldn’t be tempted?

However, multiple requests for any evidence of Ahmed’s complicity have been ignored. 

In the absence of evidence, he is also being denied the benefit of the doubt. 

After all, Amanda and Nigel are home and safe. 

It is so convenient to dismiss Ahmed as just another very dodgy opportunist trying to blag his way into some cash and a cushy life in Australia or Canada.

Easy to forget him. 

But I won’t. And until anyone can prove he isn’t everything he claims to be, everything I know him to be 
from the long nights in Beijing, the pushing, the cajoling, the lies and the bullshit of the RCMP and AFP,
I won’t let Amanda and Nigel forget him either. 

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Monday, 10 September 2012

One Dollar. 10,000 shares.

Let’s be honest. The Hands of Action Documentary Fundraiser is going down like a lead balloon. If we were on Twitter we’d say #fail 

Okay the total looks scary... 10,000 dollars, but when you think about how much you blew last weekend on that party - then perhaps as few as 20 or 30 of you could collectively come up with that sort of cash. It really isn’t that much if you share it out a little. 




A typical Ugandan village by Henry Wamono
(You can buy this picture on a T-shirt, poster, framed painting - 
on Zazzle


However, if we do not reach at least half the target by mid-October, we’ll have to abandon the project. That would be a real pity. We need to get the tickets and do all the pre-production. And just to make sure there’s no confusion here, Ridealist is doing this for free. The donations are entirely production costs, not salary. 

If that does happen, we will contact the donors directly and ask how they want their money disbursed.

The funds could go into existing programmes at the project site in Bukibukolo, or if the donor would prefer, they will be returned, no questions asked. 




Children of Bukibukolo. Photo by Mukhobeh Moses Khaukha

But for those that decide to leave their donation in the pot, then I guess we could consider that the whole project would not be a total wash-out. Even if we didn’t achieve our ultimate goal. 

Your 25 bucks would buy a baby goat for the breeding programme, or some new desks and teaching materials for the school! Made and purchased locally. 

Your 10 bucks will be a welcome contribution to the feeding programme for the 160-odd orphans cared for by the HOA team in Bukibukolo. With cereal, grain and vegetables grown and purchased locally. 




Photo by Mukhobeh Moses Khaukha

Your 5 bucks will buy locally made shirts, shorts and dresses for the kids - supporting the local economy, employing people, creating jobs, a sustainable community. 

In terms of the current fundraiser, where we are failing - and by that, I mean where I am failing, is my inability to get the message across that the team on the ground in Uganda are absolutely not looking for hand-outs, they’ve been there before and it doesn’t work.

This is not a charitable donation. It is an investment in the future of a community. 

They don’t want nice old ladies in Wisconsin collecting old clothes, or some eager do-gooder in the north of England sending out boxes of second hand shoes. That just creates dependency and poverty. It puts local shops and craftsmen out of business. Actually, it makes the situation worse. 

Hands of Action want the ability to source the clothes and shoes locally, supporting the local economy. And paying for it with money they’ve earned through their own labour. 

These folks are not looking for a hand-out. 

But like so many of us at some point in our lives, they are just looking for a hand-up.

Ultimately the Hands of Action team want to be seen as the model, the template, of how a properly run community-based group can chart their own future. 

And you can help. 

Share this, and if it reaches 10,000 people who all donate a single dollar, now wouldn’t that be something? 

And that is what our documentary would show. 

If we get there, of course. 





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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Win a Ridealist Souvenir


It’s simple. It’s free. It’s for a good cause.

And you’ll be doing your daily good deed to raise awareness on a number of issues that are important to communities around the world, without even leaving your chair!

Visit the Ridealist video channel on GoodnessTV



In the top left are two sets of figures: Number of visitors and Videos watched.

When you see “visitors” hit 15,000 exactly - take a screenshot and tweet it - and put @chrisgelken and @TheRidealist in your tweet.

When you see “videos watched” hit 55,000 exactly - do the same thing, take a screenshot and tweet it.

If you follow us, you can also (but not only!) send us a DM. Either way, we’ll pick it up.

We’ll contact you and get your prize to you asap!

Right, easy peasy!

Okay, so the prize is more of a token really, but one we’ll be sure you will be proud to have!

Ridealist Trucker Hat

We guarantee it will be a talking point! It will be unique!

If you think the numbers need a nudge to get you closer to your goal - then browse through the videos, and tweet, or share on your Facebook the ones you like best.

The more views and visitors, the closer you get to your unique Ridealist hat! And you will be helping to spread important messages for the community.  A double whammy.

Apart from the production costs and what PayPal takes out, all - ALL - the remaining funds go to support programs of Hands of Action in Uganda.

In the meantime, if you’d like to take a look at some of the other products illustrated with drawings from the children, visit our shop on Zazzle. 




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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Ridealist down, but far from out!

The official Ridealist website - www.ridealist.com - is now offline. It was on a platform hosted by Apple which has now ceased operations.

We are working on designing a new website and will be sure to let everyone know when it goes live.

In the meantime, keep up to date here, on our blog, and by visiting:


GoodnessTV
http://www.goodnesstv.org/en/profil/Ridealist/?v=49927&vc=&vp=1

Almost 35,000 individual views of Ridealist videos on this amazing, well presented platform. Highly recommended to non-profits and community groups who want to get their message to a wider audience.


GoodTube
http://www.goodtube.org/Home.aspx

While it lacks some of the refinements of GoodnessTV, it is a very effective platform and one of its best features is allowing well performing videos to remain in the public eye. For example, the opening page shows the best performing videos of all time, and Ridealist has six out of the top nine! (Check out page two and three!)

With 33,121 individual views of Ridealist videos over the past five months (at the time of writing), GoodTube has been a great asset to us, and to the non-profits we represent.

That’s an average of 6,600 views a month, or more than 235 views each and every day.

Both sites combined, we estimate between 400 to 500 individual views a day on Ridealist videos. With your help, we could do so much better!


We encourage you to visit these sites, not only to view Ridealist videos, but the awesome work being done by other filmmakers on behalf of great causes around the globe.


You might also want to visit:
http://www.shirleyhanying.com/#!home/mainPage 

This is Shirley’s new personal homepage. It features up to date information on what Shirley is doing, plus links to her latest full length documentary - When The Last Tree Dies - plus some of Ridealist’s current awareness videos.


Till next time,
Chris & Shirley



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Sunday, 24 June 2012

A bit of awesomeness. The heart of volunteers.

Shirley and I have been working with Moses in Uganda for a few years now.

He’s a terrific guy. Really, he is quite awesome.

To be honest, he has his own problems. His son, Joshua, had to be treated for a serious and possibly life-threatening heart condition last year. Moses himself, often struggles with bouts of malaria.

You can see him here in this short video Ridealist produced to promote a sustainable goat farming project Moses initiated.


At this point, we’d like to sing the praises of Marcia Bujold who did such a magnificent job on the animation. Pro-bono, volunteer, free - from the deep goodness of her huge heart.

(And who is also now deeply involved in another pro-bono, volunteer animation project we convinced her to take on for a Hong Kong-based shelter and counseling centre for victims of domestic violence - or to paraphrase Laurel and Hardy, Marcia might say: Hmm, another fine project you have gotten me into Chris and Shirley!)

But just watch the credits, so many other volunteers came together, offered their services, their time, their effort, to make the video possible.

In collaboration with Moses, Marcia and other volunteers also gave their time to create a HOA blog, and the Rainbow Beads project.

Another volunteer, Jenn Anderson organizes fundraising activities to feed the 180 orphans that Moses has taken under his roof.

We didn’t mention that? The orphans? Well there’s a school, an orphanage, sustainable farming, a clinic...

Ridealist then came up with the idea of getting the children to paint some pictures of their village, environment, life etc.. and we would put them online and sell/auction them. We also set up a shop, where you could get these images printed on everything from tee-shirts to bags, hats etc.

Sadly, despite hundreds of compliments praising the talent of the youngsters, the Hands of Action Children’s Art Project didn’t take off as well as we had hoped.

And we at Ridealist take responsibility for that. Our design abilities for something that is actually quite complex, were not up to the task. This is what we came up with - Hands of Action Children’s Art Project - We overcomplicated it, we did just about everything wrong.

But.... and here’s the good news... a professional webpage and internet marketing company in Holland has volunteered to do a complete redesign. Yes, volunteered. Pro-bono. Free.

Don M. Ouwens and his team from Cross Capto   are brainstorming it, and are determined to make it fly.

After looking through their portfolio of work, we can only say that the HOA Children’s Art Project is going to rock... and rock huge!

And that, is our little bit of awesomeness for today!

HOA is just one small part of a global network of volunteers who are working to make this world a better place for all of us to live. Moses and the local community in Bukibukolo are not looking for charity, they are not looking for handouts. They work very hard, and the children have ambitions just like any other child.

This is not charity, this is investment in the future.

And who knows, the child you help today, could be the doctor who saves you tomorrow.

Warm regards, and bless all of your efforts,

Chris and Shirley
Hong Kong
25 June 2012







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Saturday, 23 June 2012

We are not in competition - Small NPOs need to collaborate, not compete.

Most of the people we follow on twitter - and those that follow us - are in some way involved in the non-profit, charity, awareness sector.

We - and our friends in the twitterverse, cover a range of subjects.

Human trafficking, slavery, child abuse, domestic violence, the environment, animals, sustainability, human rights, volunteerism... we’ve covered them all at Ridealist.

Some of our most prolific RT’ers, and those that share our posts on Facebook or LinkedIn, do not have so many followers. Around the 1,500 mark for most of them. And they also do not follow that many people either.

The ones that never, or hardly ever RT are the LIONS (LinkedIn Online Networkers) or those that follow 50,000 people on twitter. Seriously, how can you do that?

Ridealist (@TheRidealist) and the crew that run it (@chrisgelken) would obviously love to have 50,000 followers, but could we seriously follow 50,000 other tweeters? Not a chance.

We already miss so much really good and important stuff that we’d like to share and RT, and besides, we’d never get any work done.

We are happy to keep it “village sized” - we can follow what you are doing, and you can follow (and hopefully RT) what we are doing.

But we do follow some of the bigger names in the twitterverse - it is always good to see what they are doing and how they are doing it. Intelligence gathering!

But the bigger they get, the less willing they are to cooperate. To share, to RT, to encourage. And this is kind of sad.

We are not in competition.

Our goals are the same, so if we do it, or if you do it, what does it matter? It gets done.

Here’s something I posted last year... And I still stand by every word..

Why we need to stick together!

Blessings,
Chris & Shirley 

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Sai Kung to Siem Reap - Project Futures Global Challenge



(If the video above loads too slowly - go to http://www.goodnesstv.org/en/profil/Ridealist/?v=48612&vc=&vp=1 - the following links are there too.)

Sai Kung to Siem Reap - Project Futures Global Challenge

In February 2012, Sue Beer and Alison Price embarked on a grueling 500km, 11-day cycle challenge through Cambodia to help stop sexual slavery in SE Asia.

According to the U.N., trafficking is a $32 billion annual industry that ensnares about 2.5 million people around the world at any given time. Girls as young as three years old are sold for as little as US$50. Pimps are sewing them up again so they can be sold as "virgins”.

This is Sue and Alison's drive to do what they're doing. They will cycle over undulating terrain from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap to help put an end to slavery, and rescue and heal its survivors for the Somaly Mam Foundation.

To support Sue & Alison, visit:

http://www.crowdrise.com/FUTURESGLOBALRIDECAMBODIA/fundraiser/SueBeer

http://www.crowdrise.com/FUTURESGLOBALRIDECAMBODIA/fundraiser/ALISONPRICE

The deadline for donations is almost upon us, so please pay these links a visit and donate what you can. It is so easy to donate, and even a few dollars will help enormously! Thank you.



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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Domestic Violence - A Policeman’s Perspective - Part 1

The Abusers






First in a series of interviews with Totti Karpela, a 20-year veteran of the National Police of Finland and the Helsinki Police Department. Totti has extensive first-hand  experience in dealing with domestic violence, both as a police officer and later as a consultant and trainer. Totti is now the CEO of Peace of Mind Threat Management Company, the largest crisis communications and crime prevention company in Finland with offices in Helsinki and Hong Kong. For more information please visit http://www.mielenrauha.com/index & http://www.peaceofmind.hk/index

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Friday, 27 April 2012

The Power Of One - You.

One life.

Save one child, and you have effectively changed the lives of every person that child comes into contact with in his or her lifetime.

And in a big or a small way, you have changed the lives of everyone connected with the people that child has touched.

Imagine that.

You.

Have changed their world.

You might not see it, you might not experience it personally, and for sure, you probably won’t get any medals for it.

But in your heart, when you look at yourself in the mirror, you will know.

Blessings.

Chris & Shirley



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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Matt Owen - Magician with a heart of gold

Meet Matt Owen, the magician who doesn't hide his heart up his sleeve.

Matt Owen

Shirley and I spent an amazing Sunday afternoon filming Matt going through some of his routines, many of which he had designed specifically for our project.

Ridealist teamed up with this talented young conjurer to create a magic show to raise awareness of child abuse and trafficking.


We've all watched magic shows. They are mesmerizing. You simply can't stop watching.

We wanted to use this fascination to create something that will engage people, but will also tell a story, send a message, and raise awareness of a human crisis that goes on before our very eyes, but one which most of us don't see, or choose not to see. 

And Matt didn't disappoint. 

With three cameras, lights, boom mike, and a crowd of onlookers, the unflappable Matt was as patient as patient could be with our constant "Hmm, can you do that again, we just need to change the light/camera angle". 

So with about two hours of footage on each camera, it will take a little time to download everything to our cranky old computers and storage devices and get editing. 

But this is only the beginning of the story. 

What we edit from Sunday’s shoot is only a “taster” of what we can achieve in the final production - with your input! 

We'll be sharing it with our friends and partners who can then offer their input on where we need to make improvements, what elements stand out, what portions we should focus on and expand on. 

And of course - ultimately - how we should frame the message through this medium. 

As we've mentioned before. This isn't a Ridealist production. It's an "us" production. 

We're delighted that Annie Lin of AnnieWhoLifeStyleTV has agreed to partner with Ridealist and help on the production and promotion of the video. 

We've also been approached by other television and production companies such as VisionOnTV from the United Kingdom who may be interested in taking a pro-active role in the production. 

We are also indebted to the following for their encouragement, suggestions, and kind offers of support:

Help Spread This - http://helpspreadthis.com/
Lights, Camera, Help - http://lightscamerahelp.org/
Free Them Now - http://www.freethem.ca/
ECPAT Child Alert - http://ecpat.org.nz/
Elizabeth Bonetto  - http://www.thesimsonfoundation.org/
Tracy Whitmire - @rocketgirl3914
Lynn - @LifeIsSweetBaby
Phillippa Stewart - http://phillippastewart.com/
Vince Giordano - @vincegiordano3 


Matt's non-profit interests cover a wide spectrum, and off-the-cuff he produced this, which we couldn't resist editing and putting online. 

Once again, our thanks to Matt, and everyone who is supporting this project. 

Chris & Shirley 

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Friday, 6 April 2012

End Child Abuse & Trafficking - Video - UPDATE

We've all watched magic shows.

They are mesmerizing. You simply can't stop watching.

We want to use this fascination to create something that will tell a story, engage people, and raise awareness.

Ridealist has teamed up with a talented young conjurer to create a magic show to raise awareness of child abuse and human trafficking.

Our theme, in general, is along the lines of "this is happening right in front of your eyes, but why can't you see it?" A smart trafficker or calculating abuser can hide their activities often as easily as a conjurer can hide the card. You know it is there, you just can't (or choose not to) see it.

We want your input to expand this theme. What message would you like to see? How would you tell the story through this medium? What elements do you think are the most important to include in the script?

We invite you to join us on this venture, as a full participating partner. Your non-profit, your blog, your website will be included in the credits at the end of the video and any accompanying written material.

Send us your thoughts and suggestions, help us raise awareness, and through collaborative action, get the message across that child abuse and trafficking are unacceptable in our society.

This coming Sunday (8th April) we're going to spend a few hours with him and film some of his conjuring tricks, your input will greatly assist us in developing the routine at this early stage.

It will be a "rough" production, just to give you an idea of what he can do.

We'll then share with you to get further input to take the production to the next level.

Chris & Shirley


We had an amazing afternoon shooting with Matt.. what an incredibly talented young man. I am sure you’ll be amazed at the opportunities he has created for raising awareness and promoting your (our) cause through his conjuring routine. Three cameras, more than two hours of filming, so please be patient with us, it will be a few days before we can put it online. 


But as a “teaser” - Matt did a quick “skit” to highlight the problem of access to clean water, something most of us take for granted: 


Watch Matt make water appear from out of thin air, and his friend remark quite seriously: Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could all do that!






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Sunday, 25 March 2012

Hands of Action Art Project - Update!

Almost a month since we put up the original site, and there’ve been some dramatic changes! The format has changed, there are new links to follow, plus a couple of videos! Please pay us a visit, and while you are there, make a comment on your favourite drawing, the children will get a real thrill out of it!

Hands of Action Children’s Art Project - Uganda through the eyes of a child!

UPDATE
We've also set up an online shop where many of these charming images can be purchased on a range of awesome products from mugs, t-shirts, mousepads etc! Absolutely all the profit goes to the Hands of Action project. The link is on the original page, or go there directly! Please pay us a visit!


http://www.zazzle.com/ridealist

Thank you!




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Monday, 27 February 2012

Hands of Action Children’s Art Auction

Hi, the Hands of Action Children’s Art Project Online Auction site has been active for about five days. Up to a few minutes ago it had received about 600 individual unique “hits” - that means at least 600 people took the trouble to click on the link posted on FB, twitter, LinkedIn to find out what this was all about.


It’s about these kids....


And her...


And these...


And these...


And him.

But so far there’ve been no bids for the charming drawings on offer. There’s no minimum bid, the whole process is as transparent as we can make it, and every dollar you bid (donate) for the artwork goes directly to benefit the children. 

Despite our best intentions, we have to admit we are new to this online auction, fundraising business. And if we are honest, we are a little disappointed with the response. So if we are doing something wrong, if there’s something we could do better, then please let us know. Your feedback could make a huge difference. 

These children worked hard to help create the project, to produce something unique that would look terrific in your home or office. Something of their life in rural Uganda. They are not begging, they are aware that they have to take an active part in their own empowerment to become net contributors to society, rather than permanent aid recipients. 

Help them achieve their ambition. So go back to the link at the top of this post, and take another look. 

Thank you! 



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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Seeking Nonprofit Partners


As many of you know Ridealist is now a legally registered society (non-profit) here in Hong Kong. We aim to tell compelling stories of people and organisations making a positive difference in their communities.

Our target "demographic" are those grassroots non-profits and community groups that could genuinely benefit from a promotional or "awareness" video but simply do not have the means either financially or professionally to produce one.

Consequently, all of our work is done on an entirely pro-bono, volunteer basis.

We are also interested in producing full length documentary videos on social issues for broadcast.

However, certain restrictions placed on Ridealist make it difficult or virtually impossible for us to raise funds on our own behalf to maintain and expand this service. While we are able to provide volunteer services for local groups, because of contractual obligations, we are unable to directly participate in fund raising activities in Hong Kong. Therefore, the partner nonprofit needs to be based overseas such as - but not limited to - the United States or Great Britain.

We are looking for partnership opportunities with established NPOs who might consider fundraising on our behalf for specific video projects - especially those that require travel outside of Hong Kong.

These projects may be linked to the partnering NPO, or for a third-party grassroots community group.

If you can help us in this regard, or perhaps suggest a suitable partner, we look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards,

Chris & Shirley
http://www.ridealist.com  /
http://www.gelken.com

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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Sai Kung to Siem Reap







In February 2012, Sue Beer and Alison Price will embark on a grueling 500km, 11-day cycle challenge through Cambodia to help stop sexual slavery in SE Asia.

According to the U.N., trafficking is a $32 billion annual industry that ensnares about 2.5 million people around the world at any given time.

Girls as young as three years old are sold for as little as US$50. Pimps are sewing them up again so they can be sold as “virgins”. This is Sue and Alison’s drive to do what they’re doing. They will cycle over undulating terrain from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap to help put an end to slavery, and rescue and heal its survivors for the Somaly Mam Foundation.




To support Sue and Alison, click on the following links:

http://www.crowdrise.com/suebeer

http://www.crowdrise.com/FUTURESGLOBALRIDECAMBODIA/fundraiser/SueBeer

http://www.crowdrise.com/FUTURESGLOBALRIDECAMBODIA/fundraiser/ALISONPRICE

http://www.insafehands.com.hk/charity-work





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Saturday, 28 January 2012

Hands of Action Children's Art Project - Exhibition Details


Hands of Action Children’s Art Project - Exhibition Update



Ridealist was recently delighted to be approached by EliteCapitalSolutions Hong Kong who expressed an interest in our Children’s Art Project, featuring the work of some 600 youngsters from four schools and orphanages in a rural district of Eastern Uganda.


After an extremely fruitful meeting last week, Elite quickly confirmed their desire to partner with Ridealist to host a physical exhibition of the prints at their office in Central, Hong Kong.


They have also generously arranged for a local wine company, Platinum Wines, to organize a “wine tasting” event to coincide with the exhibition. We are extremely indebted to both of these companies for their kindness and willingness to help this project on an entirely pro-bono basis.


The event will take place from 6.30pm on Thursday, March 15th at Elite’s office at the Printing House in Duddell Street.


About the exhibition.


We are planning to work on the original drawings and then have about 40 of them printed “double size” on 40x30cm canvas, and mounted on a wooden frame. These charming prints will be ready to hang in your home or office immediately! The original picture from the artist in Uganda will also be framed and placed with the canvas print. The purchaser will receive both framed images.


The images will be available through a silent or an open auction, we expect to have more details about that after the Chinese New Year!


The event will also be interactive.


Ridealist will be setting up cameras and at least two computers in the auction room where the event can be “streamed” over the internet, and we can also connect via VOIP to the main orphanage in Uganda.


This will offer participants the opportunity to get to know the principals of the recipient organization, and also meet the children who will directly benefit, and learn about their hopes and dreams for the future.


For more information (including media enquiries) about this unique, exciting and very worthwhile event, please initially contact Ms Shirley Han by email: shrlyhan@yahoo.com


Ridealist pledge: Ridealist is a locally registered society providing volunteer/pro-bono media related services to small nonprofits and grassroots community groups. We feel compelled to repeat, we are entirely nonprofit and volunteer. All funds raised will be donated directly and electronically to the Hands of Action group in Uganda, will not pass through any Ridealist account, and Ridealist will not be taking any commission.


However, through our connections with Hands of Action in Uganda, we will be providing regular updates on how the funds were disbursed on our website and blog, and through the websites of other Ridealist volunteers in the United States, the United Kingdom and in Uganda.


We look forward to hearing from you.

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