On November 16th 2013, I was introduced to “Chi Fan for charity”, a new concept that calls every foodie and philanthropist to dine for a good cause. The innovative idea was launched in Beijing five years ago to make its way through Shanghai and in 2013 in Hong Kong for the first time. The funds raised were donated that year to the Children Welfare Scheme.
CWS raises funds for children and women’s in Nepal. The main projects the organization funds, explains Samyin, one on the main organizer of the event who works at CWS, helps disadvantages youths and 3 to 5 years old children to get an education that will help save them from the streets or the abuses they have suffered from.
“We work with partners who have expertise in the field of health, education, protection, psychosocial support, and trafficking issues. We fund individual projects from these partners and they are among the best in their field ensuring high quality project delivery for our beneficiaries” tells me Samyin.
This year the funds raised by Chi Fan will benefit a center for children from the street that was founded to help reintegrate the children within their families or society. The money raised will also contribute to a prevention of trafficking project, adds Samyin, “women and children are often trafficked across the border to India to work as sex slaves. Our project aims to raise awareness about the issue of trafficking and other fundamental issues which teenagers in Nepal face today such as domestic violence or various forms of abuse”.
When Samyin is not fundraising and liaising with partners and donors, she travels for four months across Nepal to work with CWS partners, assess their work and the proper implementation of the projects, a task that she monitors closely from Hong Kong the rest of the year.
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By Camille Baron