尊嚴  DIGNITY       |       公義  JUSTICE       |       希望  HOPE

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WHO WE ARE

 

OUR VISION

All vulnerable and marginalised individuals and communities in Hong Kong will have equal access to resources and opportunities that allow them to realise their dreams and gives them a voice in our society.

 

OUR MISSION

To restore dignity, justice and hope to the vulnerable and marginalised in Hong Kong

 

OUR BRANCHES

STOP.
Stop Trafficking of People

ROAD
Refugee Opportunity and Development

 
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OUR HISTORY

 

2003

OUR STORY BEGAN in 2003 when The Vine Church was asked to visit and care for an asylum seeker who was being detained.

It was caring for this asylum seeker that opened our hearts and minds to the vulnerable of our city, and from there, we sought to better care for the refugee and asylum seeker community by listening to their stories and holistically meeting their needs.

2005

WE CONTINUED with this regenerative work, and in 2005, The Asian Refugee Fellowship was formed under The Vine Church.

In 2006, THE AFRICAN REFUGEE FELLOWSHIP was created, creating a safe space for the individuals and families of these communities.

2012

AS OUR REFUGEE FAMILY continued to grow, The Vine Community Services Ltd (VCSL) was founded in 2012 along with The Refugee and Asylum Seeker Programme to continue expanding our services and providing for this community. It was later renamed to Refugee Opportunity and Development Programme (ROAD) in 2018.

2013

WE BEGAN TO NOTICE the disturbing growth of human trafficking in our region.

2015

TO BETTER ADVOCATE for survivors of trafficking, we formed an anti-trafficking initiative under the VCSL umbrella called Stop Trafficking of People (STOP.)

2018

THE VISION FOR 2018 moving forward is to better equip our refugee family for the next phases of their lives and building a path towards reintegration for trafficking survivors.

 
 
 

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

 
 
 

The work of Branches of Hope began 15 years ago with a vision.

The vision was of a large, lush tree with deep roots, growing healthy and strong. Above the tree, birds flew, some of which were tired and struggling to fly. These weary birds landed on the branches of the tree and found safety, shelter, healing, and nourishment. And once ready, they flew onward, healthy and strong, just like the branches that nurtured them.

From this vision, our mission was planted: to restore dignity, justice, and hope to the vulnerable and marginalised in Hong Kong.

Through the years, we have helped hundreds of people thrive and flourish in Hong Kong through financial assistance, social and health care, provision of loving community, and educational support.

It is our ultimate vision to create a city that is safe and just for people of all backgrounds, and we will continue forward in that spirit, equipping those in our care so they are no longer vulnerable to exploitation, but instead given the necessary knowledge and skills to become healthy contributors to society.

Join us to grow a better, brighter Hong Kong.

 

—TOM FRANZ, CEO

 
 
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OUR TEAM

 
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TOM FRANZ

CEO

Tom had a heart for the marginalised long before he moved to Hong Kong in 2007 with his wife Monique and four children. As Branches of Hope’s CEO, his dedication to God’s love and justice fuels the organisation’s mission to reach out and care for vulnerable communities in our city.

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Wai Yin Lolly Law

DEVELOPMENT AND RELATIONSHIP MANAGER

Working as a flight attendant before joining The Vine, Lolly was responsible for fundraising for the church’s building, raising HK$70 million and serving as Relationship Manager. Later, she joined Branches of Hope (formerly VCSL), using her donor relationship and event management skills to help establish them as an NGO. Throughout the years, her role has expanded to also include grant marking and marketing communications.

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ROY Njuabe

PROGRAMME MANAGER, ROAD

Raised in Cameroon, Roy worked as a veterinarian for 5 years before moving to Hong Kong in 2005. He has a wife Lisa along with two daughters. Roy channels his passion for refugee rights and development into the work he does as Programme Manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in Theology, which frames his core values and informs his advocacy work.

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TINA CHAN

PROGRAMME MANAGER, STOP.

Tina’s multicultural education gave her a heart for migrants that later fueled her work as an activist for victims of forced migration and her current role as Programme Manager of STOP. She has served with other notable NGOs, including Amnesty International, and was part of a team that produced the first Cantonese-English human trafficking dictionary. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work.

 
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Stephen Negus

REFUGEE AND ASYLUM SEEKER PASTOR, ROAD

Stephen grew up in South Africa, met his wife Karen in Hong Kong, and after living in the US, they returned to the city in 2003. Stephen has been actively involved with the refugee community since 2005 and currently serves as Branches of Hope’s Refugee and Asylum Seeker Pastor. He holds a BA in Bible and Theology and is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity.

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Lilian Warui

REFUGEE PROGRAMME COORDINATOR, ROAD

Lilian grew up in Kenya, where she pursued an undergraduate degree in International Business Administration. She worked as a Business Executive for three years before moving to Hong Kong in 2014. Since 2016, she has served as Refugee Programme Coordinator and is deeply committed to loving and caring for this community.

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Aline Ruzzon

EDUCATION ADMINISTRATOR, ROAD

Aline grew up in Brazil, has a postgraduate degree in Business Economics, and spent seven years in the private sector before moving to Hong Kong in 2015. Since then, she has used her passion for education and social justice to serve as our ROAD Programme’s Education Administrator.

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Jennifer Moberg

EDUCATION OFFICER, ROAD

Jennifer operated a successful music school in Hong Kong, later moving to Afghanistan to teach at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Her time abroad gave her a heart for those in conflict zones and living in poverty and inspired her to pursue a Masters in International Development, specialising in Forced Migration. Today, she serves as the ROAD Programme Education Officer.

 
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Cherry Chan

CASEWORKER, ROAD

Cherry began working with underprivileged ethnic minority groups in Hong Kong three years ago and discovered her passion for helping people in need. She joined Branches of Hope in 2017 as a caseworker, meeting with community members, assessing their needs, and linking them up to the resources necessary for flourishing.

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Shuk Ping Vivian Ng

PROGRAMME ASSISTANT, STOP.

Vivian joined Stop Trafficking of People (STOP.) as Programme Assistant in July 2017 after obtaining her Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communications degree. She is an active member of a local community organisation, spending her summers teaching in Guizhou, China. Her compassion for those in need drives her work.

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Jacqueline Au

RESEARCH AND POLICY OFFICER, STOP.

Originally from Australia, Jaqueline has worked as a policy advisor, programme manager, and a consultant in both governmental and non-profit sectors. She joined STOP. as a Research and Policy Officer in 2018 and works hard to make lasting contributions to anti-trafficking efforts in Hong Kong. She is a qualified lawyer in Australia and holds a combined Bachelor in Law/Art Theory.

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Joselito Natividad

SENIOR GRANT WRITER AND FUNDRAISER

Joselito, better-known as Noy, served extensively in various NGOs in the Philippines before moving to Hong Kong. He has spent years working with migrant and poverty alleviation focused non-profits such as International Care Ministries. A writer and educator at heart, he uses his talents to advocate and raise funds for our organisation.

 
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Pamela Wong

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT MANAGER

Pamela has lived in Malaysia, Australia, and Dubai, and has traveled to over 20 countries. She draws experience from film production, advertising, digital marketing, and the travel industry. Working in the nonprofit sector has been meaningful as well as an opportunity to use her story-telling ability from her past experience to share the work of Branches of Hope with the surrounding community.

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Tony Read

JUSTICE ADVOCATE

Tony came to Hong Kong in 1986 with his wife Drusilla and their family. He has served as Vine Church Elder since its start in 1997. From 2004–2012, he served with John Snelgrove, a pastor of the church. Today, Tony serves as Justice Advocate for Branches of Hope, connecting the church with relevant social justice issues.

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John Snelgrove

AMBASSADOR

John and his wife Sandra came to Hong Kong in 1987 and arrived at The Vine Church in 1995. He began working full-time at the church in 2003. His heart for unity and justice has shaped his role as a Branches of Hope ambassador, fostering relationships with churches, partners, and donors.