Our Three Core Programs
Variety has established three core programs which provide the framework for our activities and grants in Variety’s tents around the world.
Variety’s Care Program delivers critical LIFE SAVING medical equipment and services, healthcare and wellbeing to individual children and children’s organizations, such as children’s hospitals and wards:
Variety’s Freedom Program delivers critical LIFE CHANGING equipment and services for mobility, independence and social inclusion to individual children and children’s organizations:
Variety’s Future Program delivers critical LIFE ENRICHING communication equipment and services, education and self-esteem to individual children and children’s organizations.
We will draw on the experience of Variety in other countries
Variety has been helping disadvantaged children around the world for almost 90 years. Variety's work in other countries has allowed children to gain mobility and freedom, to get out and about in the community, to be able to communicate, and to achieve independence and increased self-esteem.
Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong draws on the experience of Variety in other countries and, where relevant, we apply that experience in Hong Kong, with any modifications that are necessary for local needs and conditions.
We also develop and implement programs that are specific to Hong Kong conditions, either on our own or in collaboration with other children’s agencies and charities in Hong Kong.
Under the framework of our three Core Programs, we develop specific programs and projects to address the needs of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong:
Variety’s Butterfly Program was established in 2016 to provide early assessment and interim treatment of children and adolescents with mental health problems from financially disadvantaged families who do not have the means to seek medical or psychiatric services outside the public health system.
Children suspected to suffer from mental health problems currently have to wait more than a year for clinical assessment in the Government’s public clinics in Hong Kong. If they are diagnosed with autism, attention deficit disorder or other mental health conditions, they have to wait for another 14-15 months on average for treatment at Hong Kong’s public clinics and, in many cases, the waiting time for public psychiatric outpatient services can be as long as three years. Those years can be critical, and treatment often comes too late.
Variety has recruited a network of psychiatrists to provide early assessment and treatment to children and adolescents who are awaiting admission for public outpatient treatment services. We also work with other charities to provide counseling and coping skills for families and carers, and we are undertaking an outreach program with schools and community health organizations in an effort to de-stigmatize mental health issues.
Art in Children’s Wards
Variety has been working with the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong and another Hong Kong charity, FarGo Foundation, which assists at risk youth by engaging them in street art projects, on a project to brighten up the walls of children’s psychiatric wards in selected public hospitals in Hong Kong with art painted by artists in the FarGo program and in the Variety Butterfly Program.
Variety believes that we need to be able to assess the impact of our programs and services, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
It is not just a question of numbers and we cannot change the world overnight. Variety believes that every child matters. We are aiming to move the needle, one child at a time.