In Hong Kong, the population of those who are 65 or above reached 1.27 million in 2018 and according to the survey conducted by a local NGO, most older people find their life boring and meaningless. As majority of the retirees have not well prepared and planned for their retirement, they may slowly withdraw from the community. Through this one-year project, we hope to help elderly to develop a new interest and facilitate cross-generation cohesion between the old and younger generations through learning body percussion and creating music together.
Lee Kum Kee Family Foundation donates a startup fund to YMCA Wong Yi Chau Youth Camp for setting up a Solar Clean Energy System that will generate income for 10 years. Not only the solar system provides clean energy for the campsite, but the surplus will be used to run various green education programs for families.
Lee Kum Kee Family Foundation is collaborating with Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong for a one-year and eight-month project, “My Grand Buddies Project: Peer support for Social Capital (Phase I)”. The project aims to through different activities, so that grandparents can become "Grand Buddies" and connect other grandparents in the community to play a peer support role. In addition, grandchildren and grandparents will become "Grand Partners" and participate in different volunteer services, so as to expand their social network and use their abilities and potential as social capital to serve the community. With the research support from Hong Kong Baptist University, we can assess and examine grandparents' community function as social capital. We can also assess what kind of intervention is more effective.
According to research, loneliness is common among elderlies especially those living alone. Lee Kum Kee Family Foundation is collaborating with Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association for a two-year project, “Picture book of my Grandparents”, which aims to encourage intergenerational connections and reduce elderlies’ loneliness through different activities including picture book training by letting grandparents telling grandchildren their own stories. Through this project, we would also like to arouse children’s curiosity about their grandparents and increase the understanding of their clan.
Lee Kum Kee Family Foundation is collaborating with Childhood Is Limited for a one-year project, “The Treasure In My Family” School Performance Day, which aims to focuses on cross-generation, build a better understanding and relationship between kids and their grandparents through different workshops and performance day.
The elderly population has grown larger than ever, yet the infrastructure in society is far from ready to support such a sizeable elderly population. Lee Kum Kee Family Foundation is collaborating with Mealingful for a one-year project, “Everyone a Caregiver”, which aims to arouse interest and awareness of elderly care among the younger generation, and further train their skillsets as future caregivers through online campaigns and offline workshops.
The Lee Kum Kee Family Foundation is initiating a program HCFCare, to help healthcare professionals and their families enhance the family wellbeing. The program covers topics including stress management, empathetic communication and listening skills, tools of five love languages, mindfulness, etc. We provide short videos, webinars, online workshops, online support groups, counseling services to make it easy to fit into the hectic schedules of healthcare professionals' families. By the active participation of family members of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, they will come away with useful and tactful practice wisdom to help their families coping with the current public health crisis. This program relies on the contribution and services provided by our non-governmental partners who are experts in promoting family relationships. We intend to build a platform and pool all the resources to it so that all family members can access it easily and in a user-friendly approach. HCFCare Facebook Page
By the results of a 6-year research by Hong Kong Scene “Project P.A.T.H.S.”, the indicators of fatherhood and child-bonding is low. Over 30%of the primary students expressed that they could spend less than 30 minutes a day interacting with their fathers. To promote active fathering lifestyle, we will collaborate with Dads Network for a one year project “Travel with DADs” to connect fathers through community, school and social service to share joy and challenges in their fatherhood journey. Also we hope to help fathers to understand the importance of spending quality time with their children and know better of their role as a father, son and husband. The project will engage Kindergarten, primary school and local NGOs in north district such as Sheung Shui, Fanling and Tai Po.
Lee Kum Kee family Foundation is collaborating with the Jane Goodall Institute (Hong Kong) for a one-year project, “The Green Family Coalition”, which aims to combine conservation knowledge with parenting skills, and through workshops and different green family activities to incubate parents and grandparents to be active ambassador for the environment and role model for their child on the road of conservation.
A survey conducted in 2019 by the organization Happy Retired found that of 490 retirees and semi-retirees more than one in 10 did not know what to do with their time, and those respondents aged 56 to 60 were the unhappiest and loneliest. Collaborating with WWF, the two-year pilot project Hong Kong Active Aging Eco Guide Program will engage 100 retirees (age 55 - 60+) to join Eco Guide Training Courses together with other participants of all ages for maximum collaboration, integration and skill sharing. After completing the training, at least 50% of Active Aging Eco Guides expected to pass the assessment and take up part-time paid roles as Eco Guides and even have chances to tour for their own families. All qualified Eco Guides will work alongside WWF staff to deliver community engagement programs to the public at Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park and Island House Conservation Studies Centres.