KEEPING KIDS IN KINDERGARTEN (K3)
Early childhood education is critical as it directly impacts a child’s cognitive and social development, which sets the foundation for realising his or her full potential as an adult. The K3 programme enables children of refugees to attend kindergarten through matching children in need with sponsors.
Although the Hong Kong Government provides kindergarten assistance to refugee children, many families are unable to afford the additional costs associated with sending their kids to school.
Some parents are forced to take extreme measures for their children’s education, such as selling their food vouchers, in order to make enough money to buy the necessary materials and uniforms for their children to attend school. Others are forced to skip their child’s early education.
In response to the need, in 2014, the ROAD Programme introduced the Keeping Kids in Kindergarten (K3) Sponsorship Programme. We are currently the only NGO in Hong Kong who offers children of refugees and asylum seekers financial assistance for early education.
The K3 Sponsorship Programme covers costs such as transportation, educational materials (book & stationery), and uniforms. Accountability is provided to sponsored families to make sure their child gets what they need with these funds. For further family support, Branches of Hope also runs parenting courses and events to equip refugee families for the challenges they may face.