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Our Story

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Origin

In 1994, a group of volunteers participated in helping after a devastating flood in southern China. Upon discovering the poor living conditions in the surrounding area, the volunteers established a school in Guangxi province in an effort to raise local standards of living.

 Later Development

Over ten years spanning from 1994 to 2004, thanks to the generous support of individuals and organizations, our volunteers helped establish almost 400 schools in remote areas of Guangxi, Yunnan, Jiangxi, Shaanxi and Guizhou provinces.

Starting from 1997, focus has been on Guizhou, China's poorest province, helping to establish schools and subsidizing financially struggling students. 

In order to work more effectively, Gracecharity Ltd. was founded by our volunteers in  June 2000. (Tax Free File No. 91/6177)

Grace Charity Financial overview

 

Why focus on Guizhou?

A study in 1996 found Guizhou to be especially stricken by poverty and few charities worked there. The educational programs in the mountainous areas were found to be outdated, children not attending school were many, and poverty was widespread. Our organization decided to concentrate our resources on improving the education for children in Guizhou.

After years of hard work, we continued to request for other organizations in Hong Kong to work in Guizhou. A portion of the education facilities were improved and some students who could not originally attend school are now able to. However, the environment in Guizhou is difficult to live in and the education of the poorer regions are still backward. Through us and other cooperating charities, three hundred new facilities were built in Guizhou. Yet the number of facilities needed in the province are still many. Hence, our organization has decided to focus on Guizhou for the time being.

From 2000 up to first quarter of 2014, our organization has supported a total of:

  • Subsidizing building of schools and dormitories - over 1,262
  • Subsidizing building of medical stations and clinics - 272
  • Students attending Senior Secondary Schools including those with continued aid - 20,301
  • Students attending Teacher institutes - 6,464
  • Students attending Tertiary Education institutions including those with continued aid throughout their college years - 5,123
  • Students of Orphanage and in special hardship - 9,371
  • Teachers in special hardship - 1,668
  • Elderly living alone - 13 elderly home; 129 individuals
  • Primary and Junior Secondary Students in Poverty - 16,729 (This item had terminated in 2007)
  • Schools receiving books to enrich the content of their libraries - 1,468
  • Community libraries - 19
  • Water cellars - 2,790
  • Water supply projects - 4

 

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Our Structure

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Directors:

Kan Yiu Kwong (Chairman),  Yue Charm Ying, Francis (Vice Chairman), 

Wong Mei Yee, Brenda (Vice Chairman), Tang Kin Kay, Kenneth (Treasurer), Luk Mo Ping (Secretary)

Chow Tak Fung, David,  Fung Wai Yin,  Lam Chiu Kau, Frank,  Lau Pak Hun,  Lau Yat Sing, Wilson

Lee Kui Man,  Li Yin Sang,  Luk Ying Pui, Natalie,  Lung Thomas

 

Advisers:

Au Ronald,  Chan Bin Bin,  Chan Kam Tim,   Chan Leung Suet Mui, Julia  

Chan Shu Cheong,  Chan Tit Kwan,  Cheng Paco,  Ching Man Leung, Terry,  Chow Li Yian Lin

Chung Koon Wing,  Chung Wah Sang,  Fung Sau Han,  Fung Wing Han,  Ho Hing Cheung

Ho Oi King,  Ho Wai Wah,  Hui Koon Hing, Michael,  Koo Chao Min,  Kwok Fun Leung

Kwong Wan Tze,  Lai Yuet Ying,  Lam Hei Sing, Joseph,  Lau Choi Kwan,  Lee Kwok Kit, Henry, 

Lee Pui Ha,  Leung Kam Wing,  Liu Hing Pong,  Ng Siu Fong, Joyce, Ng Tak Cheong, 

Ngai Man Ling, Grace,  Shi Min, Ivy,  Tam Ho Kung, To Yee Chong, Zenny, Tsui Hin Ching, 

Wong Fung Lan, Amy, Wong Kau Keung, Zee Yea Sing

 

Building Support (Chief Liaison: Kan Yiu Kwong):

School and Clinic Building

Tam Ho Kung,  Tsui Hin Ching,  Ng Siu Fong, Joyce,  Chan Tit Kwan,  Chung Wah Sang,

Kwok Fun Leung,  Lau Choi Kwan,  Lau Wai May, May,  Lee Pui Ha,  Ng Tak Cheong, 

To Yee Chong, Zenny,  Wong Mei Yee, Brenda,  Yip Wing Kwan, Roger,  Yue Charm Ying, Francis, 

Zee Yea Sing

Water Cellar and Water Supplies

Tang Kin Kay, Kenneth*,  So Yuen Yee, Zoe

 

 

Office Work (Chief Liaison: Chan Ping Yiu):

Accounts

Tang Kin Kay, Kenneth*,  Chan Sung Kit,  Cheng Sau Fong, Susanna,  Ng Tak Cheong, 

Pau Lai Kuen,  Prima Law,  Tse Kit Yee,  Yau Yiu Cho

Computer & Information

Ching Man Leung, Terry*,  Chan Kwok Fai, James,  Chan Ping Yiu,  Cheng, Paco,  Lui, Keith

Kan Ka Wai, Johnny,  Tang Chi Kin, Albert,  Wong Ka Cheung,  Wong Neville,  Wu Yui Fai, 

Yip Shing Kit, Alain

General Affairs

Fung Wai Yin*,   Cheung Leung,  Lung, Thomas,  Sin Ting Cheong

Wong Kau Keung,  Wong Kwok Si

Public Relations

Chow Tak Fung*,  Chan Bin Bin (Deputy*),  Chan Ping Yiu,  Leung Ling Ling,  Li Yin Sang, 

Lung, Thomas,  Wong Chi Ho,  Wong Fung Lan,  Wong Kau Keung,  Wong Mei Yee, Brenda, 

Yu Ying Wai, Julisa,  Yue Charm Ying, Francis

Secretariat

Luk Mo Ping*,  Chan Ping Yiu,  Cheung Yuet Ming, Amanda,  Chu Hang Lin, Judy,  Luk Fung Ngor, Annie

Ma King Cheung, Medes,  Tam Wai Ming, Elsa,  Tsui Yin Ching, Flora,  Wong Mei Yee, Brenda

 

 

Plantation Project:

Farmland Management:

General Liaison: Kan Yiu Kwong

Area Management:

Areas 1 and 2 - Li Yin Sang,  Hui Yuen Chun, Jane

Area 3 –   Chan Hiu Kwan

Area 4 –  Chan Sun Yung

 

 

Special Care (Chief Liaison: Wong Mei Yee, Brenda):

Elderly Care

Kwong Wan Tze*,  Wong Yuk Chun, Louisa

Orphans & Calamities 

Wong Mei Yee, Brenda*,  Ho Wai Wah,  Hui Kam Lung, Victor,  Lau Wai Mei, May

Leung Mei Lin,  Ngai Man Ling, Grace,  Tam Pui Ming, Eliza

Teacher Assistance

Choi Mun Li*,  Cheung Yuk Chun, Carmen,  Fung Lau Fan, Kelvin

 

 

Special Support:

Hygiene & Health

Lai Yuet Ying *,  Chu Hang Lin, Judy,   Li Yin Sang,  Tam Wai Ming, Elsa

Library Books

Shi Min, Ivy*,  Cheung Kwai Hei, Alvin,  Fung Wing Han,  Hung Min Min,  Ng Shun Yee, Ophelia

Tse Yee Man,  Wong Nin Ping ,  Yeung Kwok Chor

Recreation

Wong Mei Yee, Brenda*,  Tsui Yin Ching, Flora

Serve Hong Kong

Li Yin Sang*,   Cheng, Paco,  Lung, Thomas

 

 

Student Aid (Chief Liaison: Yue Charm Ying, Francis):

Senior Secondary

Group A:  Annie Sung*,  Au Mei Yee, Ada,  Wan Hon Mei,  Soong Chan Sio Ping

Group B:  Lai Yuet Ying*,  Lee Shin Ling,  Yip King Wan

Group C:  Luk Ying Pui, Natalie*,  Chiu Quin Fe,  Choi Siu Keung,  Chow Chi Kay,  Ip Mi Lin

                Lam Chun Kit,  Yuen Sui Ping

Group D:  Zee Yea Sing*,  Chan Sung Kit,  Lee Choi Lin,  So Yuen Yee, Zoe,  Yip Shing Kit, Alain

Group E:  Lam Chiu Kau, Frank*

Group F:  Wong Yuk Chun, Louisa*

Group G:  Kwok Fun Leung*

Group H:  Yu Ying Wai, Julisa,*

Group J:  Wong Hip Chong*

Group K:  Kwong Wan Tze*,  Tam Oi King

Teacher Education

Ling Yuk Ying, Betty*,  Chan Ellen,  Chiu Quin Fe,  Choi Shiu Keung,  Luk Ying Pui, Natalie

Ng Wong Chung Yin,  Shiu Man Chung, Clara,  Shum Lee Oi Lin, Irene,  Tang Wai Yee, Sallie

Wong Bo Ling,  Wong Hip Chong

Tertiary Education

Lau Yat Sing, Wilson*,  Au Chun Cheung,  Fung Lau Fan, Kelvin,  Lo Miu Ling, Mandy

Luk Cheung Sum, Sam,  Ng Sau Ling, Maria,  Poon Mei An, May,  Shi Min, Ivy

 

 

Honorary Legal Advisers:

Wong & Fok Solicitors

 

Honorary Auditors:

Chan & Kwok CPA Limited

 

*Liaison

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Our Work

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Step 1: Find Project Sites

a. Volunteers visit locations proposed by the government, where they investigate the local resources and existing facilities.

b. The S1 Form is submitted to the government. This is an initial application towards establishing a school, which includes reasons for why a school must be built at a particular site, along with detailed reports of investigation, with photos.

c. The proposal may be recommended by other individuals or organisations.

Note: Schools that have collapsed, or are in imminent danger of collapse, have priority in obtaining funding for re-construction. This is because the students involved are attending lessons in temporary residential buildings.

Step 2: Search for Donors

a. Potential donors are introduce to the present surrounding of the proposed schools through reports, photos, or VCDs.

b. Suggestions are made to potential donors: proposed architectural design, amount of money required, and such like. Donors generally contribute 50 percent to 80 percent of the total amount required, depending on circumstances.

Step 3: Donor Confirmation

a. Donors confirm the amount that they will donate or the donated money has been received by our organization. 

b. The S2 Form for school construction is filled out and submitted to the aided school district to confirm the amount of donations and the scale of the construction project.

Step 4: Confirm School District

a. After receiving the S2 Form from the aided school district, our organization gives an intial confirmation of mutual consent, where the local government involved pays the remaining 20 to 50 percent to complete the project.

b. After agreement has been reached with the donors, our organisation sends the S3 Form to the School District, indicating procedural details of founding the school establishment.

Step 5: Founding Ceremony and Official Agreement

a. Donors are welcome to attend the Founding Ceremony in person. If they are unable to attend, volunteers of our organisation will act as their legal representatives.

b. Around the time of the Founding Ceremony, both paying parties sign the official agreement in the S4 Form, detailing the three stages in which the money is to be paid, as well as the legal obligations for inspection and management.

Step 6: The First Stage of Payment

a. The first payment is sent out to help build the assigned school. 

b. Our organisation will send out to the aided district both Form S5 and S6. S5 notifies of the first stage of payment and its exact amount. S6 is the official receipt of the said payment, which is filled in and signed by the district authorities and then mailed back to us.

Step 7: The Second Stage of Payment

a. We monitor the aided district through reports and photos, making sure that 60 percent of the school building has been constructed before sending out the second stage of payment.

b. We send out Forms S7 and S8 to the aided district. S7 notifies of the second stage of payment and its exact amount. S8 is the official receipt of the payment, which is filled in and signed by the district authorities and then mailed back to us.

Step 8: The Final Stage of Payment

a. After the construction is finished and we are notified through reports, the school's name is decided upon and the founders' names are inscribed upon a stele. Arrangements are then made for the donors to visit and inspect the new school building as well as attend the Establishment Ceremony. If the donor is satisfied with the current results, we move on to the last stage of payment.

b. Our organisation sends the S9 and S10 forms to the aided district. S9 notifies of the third and last stage of payment. S10 is the official receipt of the payment, which is filled in and signed by the district authorities and mailed back to us.

Step 9: Follow-up

a. Neither our organisation nor the donors will give any more payment to the established school, whatever difficulties it will have to face in running its routine schedule or any other expenses. Our organisation will only try our best to give financial aid to individual students or teachers in particular difficulties.

b. If individual donors so specify, our organisation will follow up on further construction projects in the said school, such as building sports areas, fencing walls, adding desks, and establishing library facilities.

c. In the winter of 2005, we established a special team for follow-up work on the schools. Their chief responsibility is to help improve the quality of teaching by collecting data on the teacher-student ratio, school facilities, library usage, etc.

Introduction - function of the School Tracking Group

The major task of the School Tracking Group is to provide sponsors with updates of a school after being in service for 2 years. This allows sponsors to have better understanding of the quality of education in rural areas and performance of the students. This helps sponsors monitor the safety and condition of the school and assess progress towards our program objectives.

The updates include timely information of the school, photos of the campus and potentially extra assistance needed for further improvement. Such assistance will be provided by the reserve fund1 of Grace Charity if further sponsor support cannot be obtained.  

The School Tracking Group allocates substantial amount of resources in the early days to establish work flows and systems for monitoring and evaluating the program. Program data and information are collected through survey from the schools on a regular basis. Each school is required to provide such information for our analysis and evaluation. 

The School Tracking Group was formed as suggested by Mr. Kan Yiu-kwong. This is in response to enquiries of sponsors who want updates on the schools they helped to build. This coincides with our intention to find out whether aid to students in primary and secondary schools would be needed.  Thus we need data on the general condition of the schools such as:

  1. Number of teachers
  2. Wages of teachers
  3. Number of students
  4. Performance of students
  5. Condition of the campus (approximately 10 photos provided by the school with cost covered by Grace Charity)

The original student-aid programs for primary and secondary schools were replaced by pursuits of the School Tracking Group in 2005 after the Central Government implemented "two-exemption one-subsidy" policy (to exempt textbook and miscellaneous fees and subsidize boarding cost) in rural areas. The Group gains tremendous support from volunteers and systems have been established to work effectively towards our goal.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in our work. You are very welcome to join us as volunteers!

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* The reserve fund comprises accrual bank interests and gain from RMB currency conversion.  $300,000 has been allocated for this school tracking program.

Work Flow of School Tracking Group

Tracking form A or B will be sent to the school address two years after completion of campus construction. Schools are required to return the form within 60 days.

School Survey Report (SF1) will be complied according to tracking form A or B for understanding overall condition of the school.

Identify strength, weaknesses and areas for improvement of the school after evaluating the survey and photos provided.

Request for further assistance will be considered based on guideline as follow:

 

Projects with Priority Assistance

  1. Libraries
  2. Desks and chairs
  3. Equipment for teachers
  4. Basic teaching equipment
  5. Cement playgrounds
  6. Water tanks and hygiene facilities

Other Projects

  1.  Subsidy for continued education for teachers
  2. Guideline for basic renovation of classrooms during summer

Our letter of intent will be sent to the school after confirmation of Mr. Wai-yin Fung. The school is required to reply before the deadlines. One-time payment will be made upon receipt of photos and report after completion for requests below RMB10,000. Assistance will be sent in two payments for request above RMB10,000.

Letter of undertaking will be sent to school to ensure payments will be made after completion.

Updates will be sent to sponsors including survey reports, tracking and performance measures and ongoing tasks along with latest information of Grace Charity. Tracking information will be sent again after another 2 years.

 

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More volunteers needed:
Could anybody deny giving hope to needy children in remote mountain village?

A Few people are not able to eliminate poverty by themselves. We must band together to help the poor help themselves; to improve their own problem-solving ability.

We hope that more volunteers will join our activities to rescue the poor, in our journey of unconditional love.

Please register with our volunteer workers!

How to Donate
* We never commission any representatives to receive donations. Please send your donated money directly into our specified bank accounts. Please contact us directly in case of doubt.
* If you prefer to send your cheque to us, please write "Pay to GRACE CHARITY FOUNDATION LTD)
* Alternatively, transfer to the following account in the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited Company, 064-779-1-048222-1. Mail or fax the bank receipt to us and we will send back a receipt to you (for tax deduction, etc).
If you need to fill in an application for money donation, please download the form here.

Contact address:
Block C, 1/F,  Kai Tak Factory Building, 
99 King Fuk Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2321 1999
Fax: 2321 1886
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