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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