Thursday, March 19, 2015

[Nepali Culture Workshop 2014-2015] Field Trip to YMCA Cheung Sha Wan Centre: A Lens to Social Enterprise in Hong Kong

Multiculturalism in Action: Nepali Culture Workshop

Field Trip to YMCA Cheung Sha Wan Centre: 

A Lens to Social Enterprise in Hong Kong

Visit to YMCA CSW Centre
The participants of “Multiculturalism in Action: Nepali Culture Workshop”, together with undergraduate students of the Department of Anthropology, paid a visit to the YMCA Cheung Sha Wan Center on 22 November, 2014, to learn more about the objectives and operation of a social enterprise.

After a short briefing by Ms. Law, social worker at the Center, participants were divided into groups and took turns to participate in three activitieshenna painting, handicraft making, and cooking Nepali food (aaloo achar).

Henna painting by a Pakistani teacher
Cooking demonstration by a Nepali teacher
Each activity was presented and led by members of a social minority in Hong Kong. The activities gave participants an opportunity to hear from ethnic and cultural minorities firsthand, and to gain a better understanding on the everyday experience and disadvantaged status of marginalized groups.

Learning bracelet making from a Chinese teacher
Participants also visited the community store run by the YMCA Cheung Sha Wan Center. The store was a social enterprise with an aim to provide minority women a way to support their own living by selling handmade products and to learn business skills that could be applied in future. The HK Government rented the store to them at a discounted rate, enabling the Center to generate profits for social and community projects.

This field trip was a great opportunity for participants to learn about the design, operation, and difficulties of a social enterprise. With more face-to-face discussion and interaction with the minority communities, participants were able to understand better the living conditions and needs of minorities from their own perspectives.

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