The fifth wave in Hong Kong has affected a lot of people, but the city’s most vulnerable—migrant workers, the elderly, refugees, animals and more—have been hit hardest. Here, we're letting you know the charities you can donate to and how you can help those most affected by the pandemic
This article was originally published in February 22, 2022 and was updated on March 2, 2022.
Hong Kong is experiencing its toughest Covid-19 wave yet and with stricter social distancing measures and rising case numbers, the city’s most vulnerable are feeling the brunt of it all. Many Hong Kong charities that support migrant workers, the elderly, refugees, animals and more are hands on deck to help. And you can do your part too.
Here, we list many charities that support Hong Kong’s most vulnerable that you can donate to, whether it’s through financial means, your time through volunteering or giving items that they need to battle the pandemic. It’s only together that we can get through this.
Bethune House has been providing shelter and refuge to migrant women in crisis since 1986. Located next to a church, the emergency shelter provides food, medical and other assistance.
They also help migrant women seek justice in cases of abuse, mistreatment or unfair termination.
How to support: Currently accepting donations to assist migrant workers including foreign domestic helpers affected during the pandemic. You can make your donation here.
Bethune House, +852 3619 1539, bethunehouse.org
Mission for Migrant Workers
In operation since 1981, Mission for Migrant Workers is the longest existing independent service provider for migrant workers.
Their services mainly support Hong Kong’s foreign domestic workers who have been underpaid, overworked, discriminated and abused. They provide case support, shelter, rescue and emergency assistance as well as basic necessities.
How to support: Currently accepting donations to assist migrant workers, including domestic workers, affected during the pandemic. You can make a donation here.
Mission for Migrant Workers, St. John’s Cathedral, 4–8 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 8264, migrants.net
Help for Domestic Workers
Help for Domestic Workers is another organisation committed to supporting migrant domestic workers to gain access to justice and receive fair and equal treatment under Hong Kong law.
They help empower the workers through advice, assistance and education. They also provide emergency shelter, financial assistance, counselling, medical referrals and outreach services.
How to support: Currently accepting donations to assist migrant workers, including domestic workers affected during the pandemic. You can make your donation here.
Help for Domestic Workers, Room 606, 299QRC, 287–299 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2523 4020, helpfordomesticworkers.org.
Impact HK is a non-profit that helps people who are experiencing homelessness. They help settle people in a safe home, help to support and restore their mental and physical well-being as well as build their self-esteem and social capital. They also provide meals for those in need, serving almost 3000 meals each week. The non-profit has sheltered 372 vulnerable people in the last four years.
How to support: You can volunteer at Impact HK, make a donation here or start a fundraiser.
Impact HK, 29 - Community Centre, G/F, Cherry Mansion, 29 Oak Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2448 0011, impacthk.org
Hong Kong Dog Rescue
Founded in 2003, Hong Kong Dog Rescue saves dogs and puppies from the Hong Kong Government’s Agriculture, Fishers and Conservation Department Animal Management Centres, where thousands are put down every year. Most of the rescued dogs are in poor health and condition due to their previous hard lives and require extensive veterinary treatment.
The organisation takes in the rescue for re-homing or to foster homes for rehabilitation and treatment before putting them up for adoption. Dogs and puppies are also vulnerable during the pandemic as owners abandon them and leave them homeless and unwanted.
How to support: You can make a donation here.
Hong Kong Dog Rescue, Shop A, G/F, 5 Wai Fung Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, hongkongdogrescue.com
6 Shek Lin Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong
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HK Paws is a not-for-profit that aims to raise awareness of animal welfare issues and to help reduce the number of dogs and cats that are abused, abandoned and put down.
Since 2005, the organisation has been working with local animal shelters to provide financial aid, animal care consultation and rehoming services.
How to support: You can make a donation by following the steps mentioned here.
Hong Kong Paws Foundation, hkpaws.org
Hong Kong Unison
Hong Kong Unison helps and assists ethnic minorities in Hong Kong––through educational opportunities, law reform and policy change lobbying, social participation, legal and medical assistance and more.
They also help minorities who have been the victims of abuse, mistreatment, discrimination racial profiled––amongst many other issues. In education, they also various scholarships to minorities to continue pursuing their studies as well as skills workshops to help them in their future career.
How to support: You can make a donation here.
Hong Kong Unison, Flat 1303, 13/F, 1 Elm Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2789 3446, unison.org.hk
Feeding Hong Kong
Feeding Hong Kong’s mission is to reduce food waste and to help provide food for charities. The charity is committed to “rescuing” food that is still good and safe to eat but would otherwise go to waste from producers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
They run community programmes that provide food to senior centres, shelters, kitchens and food banks. They also help educate how to better manage food as a resource through training and various initiatives.
How to support: Currently accepting donations for their Bridge the Gap Covid-19 emergency response initiative here.
Unit 213 and Unit 175–717, Block A2, Yau Tong Industrial City, 17–25 Ko Fai Road, Yau Tong, Hong Kong, +852 2205 6568, feedinghk.org
Launched in 2011 by the Bo Charity Foundation, Food Angel is a food rescue and food assistance program. It “rescues” edible surplus food from different sectors of the food industry.
The rescued food is then prepared as nutritious meals in their kitchens and food packs and is distributed to underprivileged communities in Hong Kong.
How to support: You can volunteer to help prepare food packs, serve hot meals to the community and other events.
Feeding Angel, 2/F, Fung Sing Building, 235 Hai Tan Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, +852 2801 5333, foodangel.org.hk
The Gingko House Love project was conceived to give support to underprivileged and vulnerable groups, especially the elderly, in Hong Kong––not only through money but also through other means such as food.
Gingko House is the first social enterprise restaurant in the city, hiring senior citizens to work in restaurants. Now, they have four restaurant branches, a catering division and even an organic farm that supplies organic produce to the restaurants.
How to support: There are various ways to support. Firstly, you can buy a meal and have it delivered to those in need. You can also donate money directly. Finally, you can donate goods that will be distributed at their restaurant locations. Goods should not need refrigeration and right now, they need items such as masks, disinfectants, rapid test kits and new warm clothing. For more information, please visit the official website.
Gingko House, Room 1007, Wah Wai Centre, 38–40 Au Pui Wan Street, Fo Tan, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, +852 2810 9211, love.org.hk
Hands On Hong Kong
Hands On Hong Kong is a charity that serves as a hub for volunteers and NGO partners to ensure that the community meets social needs. They have more than 100 volunteer opportunities each month and charity partners to ensure that they receive the help that they need.
Hands On Hong Kong, Unit A, 9/F, Easy Tower, 609–611 Nan West Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong, handsonhongkong.org
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Established in 1985, Christian Action is a charity organisation in Hong Kong that serves the disadvantaged, marginalised, displaced and abandoned.
They provide social service and humanitarian programmes, training and job placement services to low-income families, ethnic minorities, refugees, new arrivals and migrant domestic workers.
How to support: You can donate directly here or donate the following goods 1) laptops and tablets to give to 25 primary students and 10 secondary students 2) whiteboards 3) resource kits which include a small zip bag with whiteboard markers, crayons and an exercise book 4) WiFi eggs and 5) sim cards.
Christian Action, 55 Clear Water Bay Road, Choi Wan 2 Estate, Hong Kong, +852 2382 3339, christian-action.org.hk
Hong Kong Christian Service
Hong Kong Christian Service is one of the longest-standing charity organisations in Hong Kong and was established in 1952. They have been caring for the disadvantaged and neglected by providing treatment, guidance and education.
How to support: You can make a donation here or donate the following goods 1) masks 2) transparent bags with zip locks 3) hand sanitisers.
Hong Kong Christian Service, 6/F, 33 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2731 6369, hkcs.org
Hong Kong Society for the Deaf
The Hong Kong Society for the Deaf was founded in 1968 and aims to promote the well being of the hearing impaired and seeks to ensure equalisation of opportunities for them. They provide education, recreation, counselling and medical services for the hearing impaired.
How to support: You can make a donation here or donate the following goods 1) reading pens 2) educational board games 3) tablets 4) data sim cards.
Hong Kong Society for the Deaf, Head Office, 903 Duke of Windsor Building Service Building, 15 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2527 8969, deaf.org.hk
The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong
The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong was established in 1954 with the purpose of promoting mental health. They provide mental health services, shelters and workshops to those who need them.
How to support: You can apply to be a volunteer here or donate the following goods 1) rapid Covid-19 test kits 2) 100 necessity bags that include rice, noodles, cooking oil, salt, cereals, snacks, soup packs 3) hand sanitisers.
The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong, 2 Kung Lok Road, Kwun Tung, Hong Kong, +852 2528 0916, mhahk.org.hk
Refugee Union is the first self-organised group in Hong Kong where refugees help refugees. Established in 2014, the organisation empowers its members to assist each other and participate in matters related to the life of refugees in Hong Kong.
How to support: You can make cash donations directly. Please see this page for more details. You can also donate goods and essentials. At the moment, the following items are most needed: 1) masks 2) hand sanitisers 3) rapid Covid-19 test kits.
Refugee Union, Unit E, 2/F, Lee Fung Building, 315–319 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 9828 7176, refugeeunion.org
Run Hong Kong
Run Hong Kong helps rehabilitate vulnerable refugees through sports, education and more. They help them recover from past traumas in a safe environment and develop skills for the future.
Some of their programs include Hiking to Heal, a women’s sports initiative that focuses on women recovering from severe trauma. It’s a weekly sports program that alternates hiking with other sports such as swimming and basketball. They also have Paths for the Future, an adult education program where refugees receive training, mentorship and skill-building.
How to support: You can make a donation here or donate food and household items such as laundry detergent, sanitary pads, baby care, cooking oil, shampoo, toilet rolls and body wash. You can also sign up to volunteer at their weekly sports programs here.
Run Hong Kong, 5/F, 46 Wong Chuk Hand Road, Hong Kong, +852 6593 8159, runhk.org
Grassroots Future is a charity in Hong Kong that aims to help refugee-led initiatives and grassroots organisations working directly with refugees. The charity started off as a storytelling initiative, Table of Two Cities in 2016 which showcased refugee narratives through food.
Since then, they expanded the idea into an organisation. Grassroots Future focuses on community building and helps refugees through education (vocational training, mentorship, workshops), outreach and cultural events and providing a safe space for healing both physically and mentally through recreational activities.
Grassroots Future, Markerbay, 23 Mei Wan Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, grassrootsfuture.org
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to helping the elderly, low-income families and the disabled who are living in sub-standard housing. They harness resources to improve living conditions for families in Hong Kong and across the Asia Pacific region.
How to support: You can donate home hygiene packs that include face masks, hand sanitisers and rapid antigen tests. They are also accepting donations here.
9/F, V-Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2520 4000, habitat.org.hk
Justice Centre Hong Kong
Justice Centre has been helping the most marginalised gain access to justice since 2007. They support asylum seekers, refugees, victims of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.
They also provide tailored support to women, children, LGBTIQA+ individuals, racial and ethnic minorities as well as stateless persons. They address the unmet needs of the marginalised community through social welfare, counselling service and help in legal matters.
How you can support: Justice Centre is the only non-profit providing legal services to marginalised groups, especially those affected during the pandemic. You can make a donation to support their work here.
Justice Centre, theDesk, 51 Queen’s Road West, Sai Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3109 7359, justicecentre.org.hk
Health in Action
Established in 2011, Health in Action is a non-governmental organisation that aims to eliminate health inequity in society. They support the underprivileged, ethnic minorities and refugees.
Some of the projects that have been done include various health initiatives for the physical, mental and social well-being of its target groups and advocacy measures.
How to support: You can make a donation by following the instructions on their official website.
Health in Action, Room 901–902, Millennium Trade Centre, 56 Kwai Cheong Road, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong, +852 3461 9827, hia.org.hk
The Society for Community Organisation
In 1971, the Society for Community Organisation (SoCo) was formed by a group of clergymen and citizens who hope for a fair and just Hong Kong. They are supporting the economically disadvantaged through training and social actions.
40 years since its inception, SoCo has established a few projects including those that target children, those living in caged homes, the elderly, the working poor and new immigrants.
How to support: You can make a donation directly here.
Society for Community Organisation, 3/F, 52 Princess Margaret Road, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong, +852 2713 9195, soco.org.hk
Do you know of a charity, NGO or non-profit organisation that helps Hong Kong’s vulnerable that we should add to this list? Please email us email@example.com with details of the charity, the cause and how people can donate as we will be updating this list regularly.