We will draw on the experience of Variety in other countries
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.
We aim to draw on the experience of Variety in other countries and, where relevant, we will apply that experience in Hong Kong, with any modifications that are necessary for local needs and conditions.
Through the provision of relevant and practical equipment, services and experiences, Variety – the Children's Charity and its supporters serve children who may fall through the cracks of government funding or other aid. Under its three core programs, Variety delivers on its promise to provide a future for children, regardless of their background or ability.
Variety has established three core programs which provide the framework for our activities and grants in Variety tents around the world.
Variety's Care Program provides essential medical and health equipment to care for kids at home, in the community and in hospital.
Variety's Freedom Program provides funding for mobility equipment like wheelchairs, walking frames and customized tricycles so children can get out and about.
Variety partners with Henley Business School Alumni Association to provide equipment for The Jockey Club Sarah Roe School
Variety Hong Kong has partnered with the Henley Business School Alumni Association in Hong Kong to provide much needed equipment for The Jockey Club Sarah Roe School which provides education for severely disabled children in Hong Kong.
Variety's Future Program delivers crucial life-enriching communication equipment and services, education and self-esteem to individual children and children's organizations. Together through the Future Program we enrich children's lives by granting items and services that provide communication, education and self-esteem. Grants under the Future Program are made to individual children and children's organizations.
Variety’s Butterfly Program aims to provide early diagnosis and treatment of children who suffer from Autism or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
It is estimated that around 6% of school children in Hong Kong suffer from mental health problems, including Autism and ADHD. Early assessment and treatment can help significantly reduce depression, school failure and drug abuse in their adolescent years. However, the waiting time for public child and adolescent psychiatric outpatient service may be 3 years or more. Treatment often comes too late. The Variety Butterfly Program aims to provide early intervention and treatment to eligible children until they can join Government programs. Variety has established a network of child and adolescent psychiatrists in the private sector who are willing to provide early assessment and treatment services to children of low income families at cost.
Variety will cover the cost of such assessment and initial treatment until they are admitted into Government programs.
Art in Children's Wards
Variety Hong Kong 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.
Variety arranges outings for disadvantaged children
Variety partners with organizations such as FunZone, an operator of indoor playgrounds, and Caritas Integrated Youth Centre in Lam Tin, to provide outings for children, parents and volunteers from one of the most economically disadvantaged areas in Hong Kong. FunZone provided the use of their facility without charge and Variety provided transport and lunch for the kids.
The Café Deco Group, a leading restaurant group in Hong Kong and a major sponsor of Variety – the Children's Charity, hosted a Christmas party for disadvantaged children at one of their restaurants in Hong Kong.
Outings like these provide a rare opportunity for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds to experience a fun activity that so many other children take for granted.