How did our organization get started? A group of friends, who later became the committee members of the group, gathered in a dinner reunion and all of them wanted to be the one to treat. One of them finally came up with an interesting suggestion – all participants except the one who paid for the dinner, would donate 10% of the total bill amount for charity. This simple suggestion finally gathered the loving hearts of the founding members into the establishment of our organization.
Ten Percent Donation Scheme Foundation was established in 2007 to encourage the donations from the society. Our mission is to eliminate the pass of poverty onto next generations by subsidizing the education expenses of students in Hong Kong. We are a non-government organization (NGO) and are non-religious, non-political and non-profitable. We are also a charity recognized by Wise Giving (惠施).
Although Hong Kong is an affluent city, the poverty rate still continues to be rise. According to “Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report 2017”, the number of poor households in Hong Kong reached 590,000, the number of poor people reached 1.377 million, and the poverty rate accounted for 20.1%, which increase 0.2% over 2016. Among them, the poor population and poverty rate of children have risen, and the poverty rate has reached 17.5%. It shows that the problem of poverty is getting worse.
It reflects that low income families cannot afford sufficient resources on education for their children, passing the poverty problem to the next generation. Hence, we aimed to subsidize the education expenses of poor children in Hong Kong. We hope to help children to have a more comprehensive learning environment, enhance their development spaces, and improve the problem of intergenerational poverty.
To ensure nearly 100% of the donations could use on the relevant parties and organizations in need, the committee members in the organization are working on voluntarily basis. In order to avoid any unnecessary expenses, all the meetings and working places are held in different committee members’ office.
Our funds raised have successfully helped many people in need:
In the past, we helped the poor students in Mainland China to finish their university education. We supported the “College Dream Project” (「中國希望工程之圓夢行動」) and “Ten Percent Hope Community” (「十分關愛冷泉村青少年希望社區」). Other project such as “Ten Percent Learning Pregame”(「十分關愛學習計劃」) , set up “MPR Read and Fun” for five kindergartens, etc.
Now, we focus on helping underprivileged children in Hong Kong, and hope to provide a good learning environment and opportunities to them. The sponsored program include the “after-school support programs” and “Sprout of Life Program”. We cooperate with different organizations, which included “Young Men’s Christian Association of Hong Kong Cheung Sha Wan Centre” (香港基督教青年會長沙灣中心), “Martha Boss Lutheran Community Centre” (香港路德會包美達社區中心), “St. James’ Settlement” (聖雅各福群會), The Boys’& Girls’ Clubs Association Hong Kong (小童群益會), and so on. The service areas are located in Ho Man Tin, Sham Shui Po, Cheung Sha Wan, Tin Shui Wai and other places, which focus on providing after-school hosting services and special education services for the underprivileged children.
We hope to have more co-operations with other charity groups or organizations, and motivated more people to participate in the donation, to broaden the beneficiaries in the society.