P.R.A.I.S.E (Project for Adaptation, Inclusion and Social Integration for Ethnic Minorities)
Date of issue: 2021-10-18
With the support by the Kadoorie Charitable Foundation, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) has launched P.R.A.I.S.E. (Project for Adaptation, Inclusion and Social Integration for Ethnic Minorities).
The PRAISE programme aims to take a long-term perspective to adopt an ownership EMpowerment approach which is bottom-up, people-centered, and family-based to create a generational change within the EM community and to facilitate their deeper engagement with essential parties in society such as school and hospital - for holistic integration.
The pilot scheme has commenced in April 2021 and will last for 3 years. The project cooperates with the HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre and the Yuen Long Town Hall, estimating to support more than 400 South Asian families and 1000 individuals.
Major Project Activities
- Hong Kong inclusion Diversity (HKiD) Index
- Employment Supports
- Education Tutorial Small Group Classes
- Translation Services for Schools
- Community Scholarship for Girls
- Family Talks and Workshops
- Induction Programme
- Free Health Check-up and Talks
- Girls /Boys / Fathers Club
- Integration Hub
Project Wenbsite: https://praise.org.hk/
Career Talk and Site Visit to The Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (1933) Ltd
A short career talk was held for the EM participants by the human resources staff from KMB. They explained the history and business nature of KMB, as well as the company’s career structure and the daily duties of different positions, including Technical Trainee, Bus Captain. A two-year trainee program is provided to the youth interested in the bus maintenance industry. This program offers trainees training and employment opportunities, enhancing interested youths’ understanding of the operational model and developed their strengths.
After the talk, participants walked around the depot to have a taste of the real working environment, and having better understanding of the daily operations and maintenance procedures of bus depots. An on-site interview session has also been arranged for an EM youth who were interested in the technician post.
Site Visit to Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui
The representative of the Hyatt Regency, Tsim Sha Tsui first introduced the history and background of the hotel to the EM participants, follow by visit at the main working area in the hotel, including ballroom, restaurants, bar and different types of hotel rooms.
During the visit, participants not only gained better understanding on the career path and development of the hospitality industry, but how essential is the proficiency of Chinese language is for service industries in Hong Kong. It further convinced participants the importance of learning Chinese language for extending career choices. After the visit, an on-site interview session has also been arranged for 7 EM youth.