Our Charity Programmes

The Charity Fund supports many programmes all aimed towards a common goal: educating the less privileged children of Hong Kong. Most of it is done via schooling, educational programmes, scholarships but also through sports and playgroups for younger children.

Po Leung Kuk (PLK) / UBS / Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU) Language Training Programme (LTP)

Starting in 2005, we provide extra-curricular English and Putonghua tuition to the Po Leung Kuk's 300 residential children, aged from 2 to 18 years old, at the residential homes. The programme was launched to address the need of Hong Kong employers for a multilingual work force fluent in Cantonese, English and Putonghua, skills that are necessary for employment not just in Hong Kong but around the region as well.

 

The LTP has devised a unique system that makes learning a foreign language fun, interesting and stimulating. The focus is on small teaching groups with fun, activity-based learning in classes led by native speaking teachers. We improve the language skills and the confidence of the children through fun activities like role play and singing, arts and crafts and food making, as well as stories and games. We also provide extra opportunities for the students to practice their English by performing in our annual Singing Contest or Drama Show, activities with volunteers and participation in sporting events.

 

Relationships are developed through different cultural activities and outings throughout the year. We celebrate Mid Autumn Festival and Halloween, Christmas and Chinese New Year, Easter and the Dragon Boat Festival.  We have fun activities in the summer with a basketball tournament, rugby and yoga sessions, group games and food making as well as outings to the cinema, to the Peak, to the beach, to a local university, etc.

 
 

Po Leung Kuk (PLK) / HKRU Children’s Learning Centre (CLC) and the PLK / UBS / HKRU Children’s Development Programme (CDP)

These two programmes were set up in Lei Muk Shue to provide language training and family and child development services to the estate residents in the area, with more than 200 children benefiting from the classes.


The Children’s Learning Centre provides English, Putonghua and Storytelling classes to more than 200 children and young people aged from 3 – 18 from disadvantaged family backgrounds. Our students are improving their language skills as well as increasing their confidence. The CLC is popular in the estate and the families are enthusiastic and appreciative of the extra learning support which they could not provide themselves.


The Child Development Programme was set up in 2009 to complement the language classes offered by the Children’s Learning Centre. We provide help and support to children and families in times of crisis. We help students increase their self-confidence and improve their classroom skills through facilitating better social interaction with adults and peers. Children come from families with multiple problems including mental health issues, drug or alcohol issues, violence or abuse within the family. The CDP aims to enable the children and their families to work through their difficulties, improve their skills and achieve their full potential.
 

PLK / UBS / HKRU Baby College

Also based within the CLC, the Baby College was set up in 2010 to help and support pregnant women, their partners and families, as well as parents with babies and infants aged from 0 to 3 years of age.  We provide structured parent and child programmes to ensure a developmental workout for babies and infants appropriate to their stage of development.  We focus on improving relationships between young children and their parents and aim to develop a daily reading habit which will expand the vocabularies of young children and help them when they start school.

 

PLK/ Sprouts Foundation / HKRU Education Services Centre (ESC)

We set up our Education Services Centre in 2011 in one of the poorer areas in Tai Wai for children of primary age living in the Shatin District of Hong Kong.  We teach the students English and Storytelling through games, role play and fun activities.  We broaden the horizons of our students through a wide range of outings and cultural events that help them develop into more rounded individuals.

 

PLK / Sprouts Foundation / HKRU Secondary Education Services Centre (SESC)

 

Based on the success of our Education Services Centre, we opened our Secondary Education Services Centre in September 2013.  Our 96 students come from the Shatin District, many of them directly from the Education Services Centre.  We teach English, Interactive Reading and a range of elective courses to students from 12 to16 years of age.  Apartf rom improving their language skills, the secondary students are also introduced to new skills like resume writing, preparing for presentations and reading Putonghua literature.We also involve as many volunteers as possible to provide a wider range of activities to enhance the development of our students and help them as they move onto tertiary education or into the workforce.

PLK / Henrik Nielsen / HKRU Scholarship Fund and
PLK / Georgina Hope Foundation / HKRU Scholarship Fund

The Po Leung Kuk Scholarship Fund was set up in 2001 and helps students from Hong Kong’s low-income families who wish to pursue tertiary education.  The Scholarship Fund has supported 193 scholarship recipients through their college and university education. The project has graduate scholars currently working as lawyers, doctors, nurses, accountants, bankers and entrepreneurs running their own businesses who are giving back to the community that helped them when they needed help the most.

 

Money is allocated so the scholars can enjoy their university life without having to take part-time jobs to pay for books, dormitory fees, transportation and clothing.  Students come from the Po Leung Kuk system, young people who were brought up at the Children's Home or from the Po Leung Kuk schools.

 

The Scholarship Fund is awarded throughout the entire period while the students are studying at university.  Scholars receive their stipend every quarter and they have to provide a record of their class attendance including a grade maintaining of GPA 2.2 and above per semester.

 

The Scholarship Fund also helps the students with mentoring programs and summer internships provided by our generous corporate sponsors as well as seminars on social skills and table manners.

 

Please watch the video about one of our scholars, Ernie Szeto who graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from the University of Hong Kong

PLK / Corporate 7s / HKRU Tackling Life Rugby Programme and
PLK / Deutsche Bank / HKRU Tackling English Rugby Programme 

The HKRU successfully partnered with PLK for the "Tackling Life” and “Tackling English" projects, a notable collaboration that has introduced the game of rugby to over 3,700 PLK youngsters in the residential care centre, language training centres and 15 primary schools. The rugby courses do not just teach children the fundamentals of the game. They also promote the development of the children's personality, self-esteem, confidence, leadership, team building and communication skills that will benefit them throughout their entire life. At the same time, the programme develops the children’s English language and communications skills as coaching instructions are done in English.

PLK / Corporate 7s / HKRU Tackling Life Rugby Programme and
PLK / Deutsche Bank / HKRU Tackling English Rugby Programme 

The HKRU successfully partnered with PLK for the "Tackling Life” and “Tackling English" projects, a notable collaboration that has introduced the game of rugby to over 5,000 PLK youngsters in the residential care centre, language training centres and 15 primary schools. The rugby courses do not just teach children the fundamentals of the game. They also promote the development of the children's personality, self-esteem, confidence, leadership, team building and communication skills that will benefit them throughout their entire life. At the same time, the programme develops the children’s English language and communications skills as coaching instructions are done in English.

The PLK / Ivey Alumni HK / HKRU I.T. Skills Programme

In 2014, Ivey Alumni Association Hong Kong partnered with Po Leung Kuk and the HKRU Charity Committee to develop a new I.T. Skills Program ("ISP"), aimed at serving the same segment of underprivileged students as the existing language programs.

 

Together, we have developed a curriculum that goes beyond Hong Kong's existing secondary school IT offering, and provides enhanced learning in animation; 3D / graphic design; mobile application development; and HTML.

 

Having first piloted the ISP within the computer room at the Children's Learning Centre in Lei Muk Shue, the partners are launching it this year in Po Leung Kuk's main residential care centre in Causeway Bay.