Hong Kong (China), 26 November 2011 – QI staff showed that they cared for the community by getting involved with Tai O villagers and understanding the challenges they go through every day.
With the aim of giving back to the community, they organised a trip with the HK Young Women’s Christian Association (HK YWCA) to understand how the Tai O Cultural and Ecological Integrated Resource Center works to empower villagers from Tai O.
The Tai O Cultural and Ecological Integrated Resource Center is a social enterprise set up by the HK YWCA. It aims to promote the cultural and ecological education of Tai O through eco-tourism.
Through some of its experiential programmes, local residents get the chance to become instructors and through this, they develop valuable skills and broaden their knowledge of Tai O.
Also, its programmes allow local residents especially the elderly, women and youth to be employed while promoting the sustainable development of Tai O.
Showing that we care.
Other than empowerment, as part of the trip, there was a brief history of Tai O and how to revitalise the local community and preserve their heritage. One of the activities carried out was learning to produce traditional handcraft food, such as salted eggs. Other than that, a local-styled lunch was prepared at a traditional hut – a stilt house.
There was also a cultural walk which included touring the traditional village and listening to local history.
The objective of this particular CSR initiative was for staff to uplift and engage the villagers, as well as to help them advance as a community in a dynamic world. The essence of RYTHM Foundation – Raise Yourself To Help Mankind – is nicely captured through this initiative.
In the words of our Principal Trustee, Vijay Eswaran, “Our purpose… is to rebuild and re-energise, while giving birth to new hopes and new aspirations on a global scale.”
Raising awareness through the spirit of unity.
About Tai O Cultural and Ecological Integrated Resource Center
Tai O happens to be the oldest fishing village in Hong Kong. The Center itself is a private organisation, having a variety of artefacts and souvenirs as well as equipment and building material used by long ago residents of the village. The Center often showcases the culture of the Tai O villagers by having exhibitions, eco-tours and speciality-making classes.
About HK Young Women’s Christian Association
In their words, the HK YWCA aims to advance the spiritual, mental, physical and social welfare of individuals and to cultivate the Christian spirit of togetherness and service. The purpose of the organisation is to enrich life, strive for the liberty and equality of women as well as address social issues.