The Centre for Refugees, a “home away from home” for our beneficiaries, suffered a fire on the morning of Saturday, the 29th of August.  We were saddened and shocked to see our community centre, which was once a welcoming space for our beneficiaries to meet with caseworkers, reduced into ashes and dust.  The safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, visitors and beneficiaries are our primary concern and we are incredibly grateful that no one was injured.
A seemingly ordinary day for, Kalyan Rai, our medically trained caseworker went awry when he detected smoke emanating from an air conditioner.   Despite his heroic attempts to extinguish the fire; the situation quickly became life-threatening and Kalyan called fire services and alerted neighboring units.  Kalyan and all other tenants/visitors in Block E of Chungking Mansions were safely evacuated.  
Our kitchen and counselling room was filled with smoke and soot, but are undamaged as well as our 16/F community room.  However, our computer and telephone systems are temporarily down and we are currently operating with limited capacity.  Our team, with the help of our colleagues from Christian Action head office and volunteers are working hard to restore our facilities and resume full services.
We have received an overwhelming response from our friends from both in Hong Kong and overseas - offering their support, love and inquiring for ways that they can donate. Your warm messages inspire us to continue persevering and remind our team that we are not alone—THANK YOU!

Jeff Andrews quickly arrived to survey the damage; click the photo to see his video summary.



We anticipate substantial costs for rebuilding, renovation (including reinstatement, improvement works, and overall safety measures) and use of temporary office space for our team.  You can help by donating online or making a transfer to HSBC Account: 567-320973-005 (HSBC bank code: 004) and emailing your bank-in slip to Mary Ho, our fundraising and development coordinator, and specifying “Rebuilding CFR”.  We appreciate your patience as we will provide further updates on our project plans.

We are currently seeking skilled volunteers with expertise in the following areas to advise and help us re-imagine an even better Centre for Refugees:
  • Architecture + Design
  • Interior Design
  • Procurement
  • Marketing and Communications
Your skills will be vital to helping us re-build and volunteers able to make a minimum 3 month time commitment will be prioritized.  
Skilled Volunteer
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