Hope. Love. New Beginnings.

The year of 2020 was a defining one for most. For us, it marked the year when our centre experienced a tragic fire incident and had to raise funds amidst this uncertain financial time and when COVID19 prevented us from carrying out programs to the best of our abilities and challenged us to think of creative ways to distribute essential items to the most needy.

The Centre for Refugees in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Chungking Mansions was incinerated on August 29 after an air conditioner short-circuited, laying waste to furniture as well as computing and telephone systems. The generosity of Hong Kong’s community was seen as we raised over the target of HKD$800,000 and reached a staggering HKD 2 million for the rebuild of the centre by the 30th of December! It took a village to get us back on track and Easter 2021 will see a brand new ‘home away from home’ for our clients, and a working office for our staff.

With programs and distributions taking place at limited capacity, the staff at the centre have found creative ways to support our client. Using technology, organised communication and innovative strategy, we have succeeded to have more than 5,000 counselling sessions, sponsored 98 people for education and offer employment consultant to 61 hopefuls. More impressively, the staff immediately geared to action and conducted home visits since the beginning of the pandemic to understand their most urgent needs, provide accurate and timely health-related information (and PPEs) and most importantly, to let them know that they are not alone, that they matter.

2020 also saw our third year working in partnership with Save the Children Hong Kong to ensure refugee children’s bright future by supporting their education and empowering their parents to better care for them.

It’s because of the support we have seen from the Hong Kong community that we were able to have a successful year, even with the challenges we faced.

From the words of a client who was resettled with her family of 5 to Canada early December 2020, “You have been so good to us in these 5 years in Hong Kong. The first time we entered the centre, you received us with a smile. We know we will meet you again, and we will not forget you. You are family”

It is always sad to see families leave after spending years with them, but it is a moment of joy to see a family embark into a new journey where they could start afresh.

We hope to see an even better and positive 2021 with your continued support. Thank YOU for supporting our cause and for being part of the CFR family.

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