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.

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
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OUR TEAM

 
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Aman Yee

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BRANCHES OF HOPE

Aman is a family-oriented Hongkonger who has a heart for journeying with marginalised communities and is passionate about fighting for social justice. With his extensive programme and non-profit management experiences in various renowned international NGOs, he endeavours to professional leadership while putting humanity at the centre.

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ROY Njuabe

HEAD OF 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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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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MOON LEE

MINISTRY ADMINISTRATOR, ROAD

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Moon worked in sales, administration, and operations in the corporate field before joining Branches of Hope. She cares so much about the vulnerable and forcibly displaced people that it drove her to pursue a Masters in Development Management. Her time with Refugee Action in the UK stirred up her heart to serve refugees in her hometown. She subsequently returned to Hong Kong to walk alongside our refugee and asylum seeker community.

 
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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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ROSANA VIANA

OPPORTUNITY LIAISON CASEWORKER, ROAD

Originally from Brazil, Rosana moved to Hong Kong in 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and holds a School Social Sciences Teacher License. She's actively involved in volunteer initiatives and mission trips serving the marginalised, remote communities, and the rural population. At Branches of Hope, Rosana provides guidance and encourages the community regarding employment, professional development, and complementary pathways.

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JESSICA OLIVEIRA

FINANCE ASSISTANCE ADMINISTRATOR, ROAD

Jessica moved to China with her family from Brazil when she was 9 years old. She relocated to Hong Kong with her husband in 2015. She has a heart for educating young children and has experiences in this field. With a Christian background, she's regularly involved in church outreach. She joined Branches of Hope in 2018, passionately serving our vulnerable and marginalised communities.

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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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PROGRAMME ASSISTANT, STOP.

Prior to joining STOP in 2018, Kara volunteered for the World Health Organization in Laos. She found her passion fighting modern slavery while being part of anti-human-trafficking student groups at school. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and International Relations. She is active in local community work in Hong Kong. Kara enjoys reading, travelling, photography and learning foreign languages.

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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 OFFICER

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.