Ethnic minorities In Hong Kong are largely ignored by the government, with no assistance to integrate them into the education system. Ethnic minority students are often segregated from mainstream society with few interactions with Hong Kong Chinese students. The schools provide a relatively low quality of education and students are not provided with opportunities to learn spoken Cantonese or written Chinese. This was worsened by the pandemic as many ethnic minority families could not afford the digital devices young people needed to participate in e-learning.
EMpower focuses on providing marginalised young people from ethnic minority communities with access to inclusive learning to open gateways for future employment opportunities and better health. Our grantee partners are equipping young people with crucial life skills and providing vocational training, career planning, and exposure to new and different work sectors. This encourages learning for life and increases school completion. Additionally, our grantee partners provide young people with critical, age-appropriate sexual and reproductive health and rights information and resources.
Our partners in China and Hong Kong:
Hong Kong | Funded Since: 2018
Hong Kong Unison Limited seeks to improve the lives of ethnic minorities through mentoring and skills training, so they can set and achieve their life and career goals.
Hong Kong | Funded Since: 2017
Teach Unlimited Foundation supports the education and personal development of financially and socially disadvantaged students by enhancing their self-esteem, learning attitude, and motivation.
Hong Kong | Funded Since: 2021
Teen's Key provides a safe space where girls and young women can address their sexual and reproductive health and rights, providing holistic treatment for young women in crisis.
Hong Kong | Funded Since: 2021
The Women’s Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls by challenging gender stereotypes, empowering women in poverty, and increasing the number of women in decision-making and leadership roles.
Hong Kong | Funded Since: 2020
Zubin Foundation aims to improve the lives of Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities by reducing suffering and providing opportunities, through direct outreach to the community and by driving systemic change.
Kunming | Funded Since: 2011
Yunnan Peili Youth Development Centre provides sexual and reproductive health education and counselling to young people from ethnic minority backgrounds in schools.
Indonesia is the world’s largest island country with over a quarter of the population made up of young people. Rapid urbanisation and economic growth have resulted in one of the fastest-growing rates of inequality in the world.
Young people in Indonesia often lack access to sexual and reproductive health care and information, and a recent law is only worsening the situation—especially for girls, women, and LGBTIQ+ individuals. The law criminalises the cohabitation of unmarried couples, criminalises abortion, limits access to contraception, and restricts information relating to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Through holistic programmes, EMpower’s grantee partners focus on providing young people with safe, accurate, and non-judgemental access to sexual health resources and services.
Indonesia’s young people have vast potential to build better futures. EMpower supports organisations that focus on opening up livelihoods opportunities through a variety of programmes that incorporate vocational training and youth empowerment. Providing young people, especially girls and women, with both sexual health education and employment training and opportunities, will help to challenge and tackle ongoing gender inequity.
Our partners in Indonesia:
Central Jakarta | Funded Since: 2023
Arus Pelangi is dedicated to advancing human rights and equality for marginalised young people facing oppression and discrimination due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics.
Denpasar | Funded Since: 2022
Photovoices International empowers organisations to engage meaningfully with young people so that they can freely express their concerns through photographs and advocate for positive change in their communities.
Jakarta | Funded Since: 2015
Perkumpulan Pamflet Generasi provides young people with information on their sexual and reproductive health and rights and mental health.
Nusa Dua | Funded Since: 2015
The ROLE Foundation enables young women to improve their life, job-readiness, and vocational skills, creating a pathway to skilled and formal employment in the hospitality sector.
Amplapura | Funded Since: 2015
East Bali Poverty Project helps disadvantaged communities achieve self-reliance and sustainable socio-economic development through holistic, community-driven development programmes.
South Jakarta | Funded Since: 2015
Yayasan Kusuma Buana empowers young people with sexual and reproductive health and rights education, counselling, and referrals to youth-friendly services, both online and in-person.
Surabaya | Funded Since: 2022
Yayasan Savy Amira Sahabat Perempuan is a crisis management centre for women who are survivors of gender-based violence, addressing sexual and gender-based violence in schools and universities by providing young people with education, social development, and psychosocial support.
The Philippines has experienced swift economic development and urbanisation. However, marginalised communities still suffer due to persistent poverty and socioeconomic inequity. Young people often have limited opportunities, accounting for nearly half of all unemployed people in the country.
Adolescent pregnancy rates have consistently risen, resulting in a national emergency. The Philippines currently ranks 13th in the world for the highest adolescent fertility and pregnancy rates. In addition, there are high levels of gender-based violence.
EMpower supports organisations in the Philippines working to provide young people, especially girls and women, with access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education and services so they can make decisions about their bodies, lives, and futures. Some of the organisations we support also provide training to young men and women on gender equity and preventing gender-based violence. And some provide training on different livelihoods and employment opportunities, opening up worlds and better options for young people.
Our partners in Philippines:
Bacolod City | Funded Since: 2023
BagoSphere aims to develop the next generation of talent for the next generation of business, equipping marginalised youth with professional, digital, and life skills.
Manila | Funded Since: 2018
The Bahay Tuluyan Foundation works to fulfill children’s rights and to prevent and respond to abuse and violence against children.
Quezon City | Funded Since: 2022
Lunas Collective is a volunteer-powered care space and helpline supporting survivors of gender-based violence and those with reproductive health concerns and questions, normalising the discussion of teen sexuality.
Cebu City | Funded Since: 2018
Passerelles Numériques Philippines empowers young people, especially young women, with life, employability, and vocational training skills in IT—so they can secure jobs in the digital industry.
Puerto Princesa City | Funded Since: 2013
Roots of Health is a leader in the adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights sector, offering young people in schools and communities access to quality information and youth-friendly services.
Makati | Funded Since: 2017
The Virlanie Foundation equips young people in residential care and/or living in resource-poor communities with skills, knowledge, and career guidance to transition safely to independent living.
Davao City | Funded Since: 2023
Virtualahan employs an award-winning impact formula that empowers persons with disabilities, solo parents, and communities to be employment ready.
Vietnam is the third most populous country in the Southeast Asian region, with the majority of the population living in rural areas. However, over the past decade, there has been a rise in migration to cities.
There has been significant economic growth, with Vietnam recovering as the best-performing economy in Asia in 2022, post-COVID. Despite the country’s economic advancement, there is high economic disparity, especially among ethnic minorities. There are 50 minority ethnic groups in Vietnam, and these communities account for 70% of Vietnam’s extreme poverty. This disparity extends into health, livelihoods, and education.
Although Vietnam took a proactive approach to containing COVID-19, schools were still closed and young people’s education significantly impacted. This also resulted in a rise in unemployment amongst young people. EMpower focuses its work in the country on supporting inclusive education, providing career training, and ensuring young people—especially ethnic minorities and those living in rural areas—can lead safe and healthy lives.
Our partners in Vietnam:
Ho Chi Minh City | Funded Since: 2021
Kidspire Vietnam empowers orphans to take control of their futures, building their life and digital skills so they can continue their education or pursue employment after leaving care.
Hanoi | Funded Since: 2022
REACH supports the most vulnerable youth with the vocational training, life skills-building, and job opportunities they need to create a better future for themselves and their families.
Hue City | Funded Since: 2014
Vietnamese American Non-Governmental Organization Network educates young people in schools, shelters, and communities on their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Hanoi | Funded Since: 2022
WeGrow Education aims to deliver comprehensive sexuality education to young people, so they can live to their full potential.
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