Development Charities

Winning ways

Since Architecture for Humanity made its mark in 1999 with a competition to design transitional housing for returning refugees in Kosovo, it has used designers' competitive streaks to its advantage.

Friday, 22 April, 2011, 12:00am

Famine gives food for thought

The rain over the weekend failed to foil 6,000 people's determination to raise money for those in developing countries.

The 30-Hour Famine, organised by World Vision Hong Kong and Commercial Radio, raised HK$6 million for food and infrastructure projects in India, Myanmar, Cambodia and Kenya.

19 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Taking it to the streets

Sleeping in cardboard boxes and rubbish bags on a rainy Saturday night is not anyone's idea of fun, but fun wasn't the goal of a group of students from Hong Kong International School.

Fifty-five students from the school chapter of Habitat for Humanity spent the night in boxes and bags last Saturday to experience the hardships homeless people face on a daily basis.

27 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

The gift of giving

They say money can't buy you happiness, but maybe the act of giving it away can. According to a study conducted by the University of Oregon in the United States, the act of giving to a good cause triggers parts of the brain that control pleasure and joy. In other words, giving can make people just as happy as receiving.

5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Bless the underprivileged

Teach children the meaning of sharing through the Blessing Our Children Campaign. The theme is 'love and sharing' and it seeks to encourage people to care for underprivileged children worldwide through art and literature. Your child can draw a picture, take a photograph, or write a story about the theme. Sponsors will donate a gift pack to a needy child for each submission received.

21 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Safe as houses

Cameron Sinclair is a man who values his sleep. As he juggles a new baby, a travel schedule so frenetic he has a 'Where is Cameron' web page, and a battle against shoddy housing worldwide, he's seen sleep go from being an enjoyable day-capper to quite a luxury.

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

African angels sing for Aids support

With bright smiles, upbeat movements and angelic voices, Watoto Children's Choir, a group of Aids orphans from Uganda, Africa, has a message to spread.

The choir wants to tell people that even Aids victims can live happily - but only if people give them a hand.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am

A load of rubbish for a good cause

Q: What gave you the idea of sponsoring children's education?

30 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Web Links

Contains information about the 'Make Trade Fair' programme run by Oxfam, and letters you can e-mail to US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair urging them to stop unfair trade

20 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Tsunami survivors as much in need as ever

Like nothing before, the Indian Ocean tsunami brought the world closer together. For a time, without regard for nationality, politics or religion, the disaster that affected 11 Asian and African countries six months ago today united people with the common goal of saving lives.

26 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

For aid agencies, the real problem is how to spend the funds

Never have aid agencies had so much money at their disposal; even with the emergency phase over, so much is left that some talk of projects into the next decade.

6 Apr 2005 - 12:00am


How much the aid agencies have received and how they are spending it

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

How much has been raised?

$1.66 billion

How is it being spent?

Focus was first on emergency relief, now on long-term recovery.

6 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Charity hero's new chapter

His name is as ordinary as plain rice, but John Wood (below) is no ordinary guy. Once the No2 man at Microsoft, China, he quit five years back to return to school.

No, he didn't sit classes; instead, he built schools for the underprivileged, believing in the motto, 'World change begins with educated children'.

12 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Live Aid

Live Aid

Starring: The cream of 1980s rock and pop, and others

Producer: Jill Sinclair

28 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Still going strong

Twenty years ago, some of the world's most popular artists gathered at London's Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia's JFK Stadium. A billion and a half fans across the globe watched live broadcasts of the performers who played, unpaid and without glamorous costumes or fancy stage design, for over 10 hours. Everyone was united that day for one cause - to save starving people in Ethiopia.

28 Nov 2004 - 12:00am