尊嚴 DIGNITY | 公義 JUSTICE | 希望 HOPE
WHO WE ARE
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.
To restore dignity, justice and hope to the vulnerable and marginalised in Hong Kong
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.
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.
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.
WE BEGAN TO NOTICE the disturbing growth of human trafficking in our region.
TO BETTER ADVOCATE for survivors of trafficking, we formed an anti-trafficking initiative under the VCSL umbrella called Stop Trafficking of People (STOP.)
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.