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The following list was prepared to celebrate 10 years of Green Drinks in Hong Kong. It was presented as a companion to our vision for Hong Kong and is provided as a guide to highlight the range of community organizations operating in Hong Kong over the past 10 years.
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Clean Air Network – CAN is a platform to mobilize public opinion by working with groups that have clean air projects and motivate others.
Clear the Air – Promoting the introduction and implementation of measures to significantly reduce Hong Kong air pollution
AACCA – AACCA is a fundraising alliance of established animal charities Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR), Animals Asia and Stray Cats Home.
Animals Asia Foundation – Hong Kong-based charity dedicated to ending cruelty and restoring respect for all animals in Asia.
Companion Animal Foundation – Animal welfare charity founded to promote kindness and to reduce and prevent cruelty and abuse to companion animals
HK Alley Cat Watch – Rescuing and re-homing cats and kittens, raising awareness about responsible pet ownership
Hong Kong Animal Speak – School programs and medical funds for severely abused animals, on-line vet support and animal welfare information
Hong Kong Dog Rescue – Rescuing and rehoming stray, abandoned and surrendered dogs and puppies
Kirsten’s Zoo Charity – Homing dogs and cats in Hong Kong and hosting regular adoption events
Lantau Buffalo Association – Helping local residents and visitors understand the buffalo in their local habitat and help in their conservation
PALS (Protection of Animals Lantau South) – A small society of volunteers promoting and operating sterilization programs, providing medical assistance, rescuing and re-homing stray and abandoned animals
LAP Lifelong Animal Protection Charity – All-volunteer registered HK animal welfare charity operating a network of rescuers, foster homes and other volunteers helping homeless companion animals
SPCA (HK) – Promoting animal welfare with mainly volunteer support
STOP! Save HK’s Cats and Dogs – NGO generating awareness, education campaigns and a spay-and-neuter fund to stop the monthly killing of 2, homeless cats and dogs.
Stray Cats Home – A group of dedicated volunteers sharing ths same goal and vision of helping Hong Kong’s street cats through TNR (Trap, Neuter & Return) and giving them a loving home where possible.
Tai O Community Cattle Group – Caring for the safety of Lantau’s cattle from Tai O to San Shek Wan; making and fitting road safety collars
Tai O Home for Stray Cats – Group of volunteers in Tai O providing services for stray cats and services including neutering
Traffic East Asia – International organization with an aim to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
associations & societies
The Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong – Non profit making society hosts leading local and international speakers from the world of geography exploration, travel, research and conservation.
Slow Food – Local organization following the global slow food movement, partnering with local restaurants for slow food gatherings
Hong Kong Vegan Association – Regular meetings and sharing information on veganism/vegetarianism and local restaurants.
Asian Institute of Intelligent Buildings – Independent and academic institute offering consultancy, research, reviews, feedback, advice and evaluations to the community and the government.
ASrIA – Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia – Non profit, membership association promoting corporate responsibility and sustainable investment practice
Business Environment Council – The first Hong Kong based non-profit business association offering sustainable solutions; strategic development, baseline assessments, system development, conferences and training.
Harbour Business Forum – Business alliance launched in June 25 addressing concerns about how developments in and around Victoria Harbour impact the future development of Hong Kong
Civic Exchange – An independent, non-profit, public policy think tank
Community Business – Charity whose mission is to lead, inspire and support businesses to continually improve their positive impact on people and communities
The Energy Institute (Hong Kong Branch) – Advancing energy technology knowledge for professionals and practitioners working in energy related fields in Hong Kong and society at large
Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT) – Independent social venture think tank dedicated to advancing understanding of the impacts of globalization.
Green Council – Introducing and enhancing environmental awareness and consideration through education, training and events
Social Ventures Hong Kong – Venture philanthropic organization providing financial and non-financial support to social purpose organizations or social enterprises in Hong Kong
Institute of Energy – We are committed to the revitalizing work of securing our future by investigating and documenting emerging energy technology that is eco-sustaining.
Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre – Local certification body of organic products set up under the Agricultural Development Fund to facilitate the development of organic farming
Redress – Promoting environmental sustainability in Asia’s fashion industry with workshops, events, exhibitions and the EcoChic Design Award
SEED – Sustainable Ecological Ethical Development Foundation Ltd – By uniting resources from different sectors, we promote simple and sustainable lifestyle.
Synergy Social Ventures – Non-profit organization supporting entrepreneurial solutions to global problems by working with early-stage social ventures in Asia to create sustainable impact
children & families
Child Welfare Scheme – Caring for children’s lives and calling for improvement through education, health and kindness and through the empowerment of local communities
Christina Noble Children’s Foundation – Providing education, health care, social opportunities and vocational training to disadvantaged children that many of us take for granted
Hong Kong Jockey Club Riding Schools – Courses and activities for people of all ages to learn about horse riding, horse care and equestrian sports
Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation – Working with over 80,000 young people, schools and youth organizations, HK YAF presents exhibitions, performances, workshops and art tours.
KAREN Kids Society – A registered Hong Kong charity providing food, shelter and education for refugee children aged 1 months to 14 years old from Burma living in a camp in Thailand.
KELY Support Group – Local charity empowering young people to help themselves through the provision of peer support and positive contact with other young people
Kids4Kids – Empowering children and young people to take responsibility and providing opportunities to give in our local community
La Leche League Hong Kong – Providing support, encouragement and information to women who want to breastfeed; monthly meetings
Mothers’ Choice – Providing and promoting loving, nurturing care for babies and children needing permanent homes
The Newsbitt Centre – English speaking educational programs for adults with learning disabilities and a respite and residential facility to pursue independence and opportunities
PathFinders – Ensuring that the most vulnerable children born in Hong Kong and their migrant mothers are respected and protected
Shamching Youth Association – Green community activities, including volunteer service, leadership training, youth missions, cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and students, seminars, outdoor Tiyuhuodong, song and dance show and a variety of team activities
HK Single Parents – Social support and resources for single parents in Hong Kong
HK Society for the Protection of Children – Providing care, education and resources for the social development of children and families
The Conservancy Association – Founded in 1968 to champion sustainable development, the protection of the environment and the conservation of natural and cultural heritage
DB Green – A grass roots green group making Disvovery Bay greener with beach cleanups, tree planting and recycling activities
Eco-Environment Conservation & Education Association – Promoting environmental protection awareness among rural residents and encouraging them to live harmoniously with nature while preserving our natural resources
Friends of Hoi Ha (FOHH) – Organizing local conservation activities and education programs to raise awareness and take a lead in protecting the ecosystem in Hoi Ha
Greeners Action – Founded in 1993, we promote awareness to treasure natural resources and provide green life education for a new green generation.
Green Glass Green – Reducing the amount of the waste glass dumped at landfills by returning glass with the natural value it deserves through volunteer collection programs and public awareness campaigns and compiling a glass recycling resource book for green/social advocates
Green Lantau Association (GLA) – A registered society formed in 1989 whose mission is to protect and educate people about the natural environment of Lantau Island
Green Power – Founded in 1988 by a group of volunteers concerned about local environmental affairs and problems; promoting environmental education
Greenpeace China – Promoting responsible solutions to the environment, including scientific and technological innovations, to protect the earth, the environment and life diversity
Green Peng Chau Association – The GPCA integrates through its Green Cultural Island Program, sustainable development concepts like waste reduction, eco-tourism, education and organic farming.
HK’s Cleanup Crew – A relaxed group for those who care about Hong Kong coming together once every 4-6 weeks to clean up trash
Hong Kong Environmental Protection Association – NGO engages in conservative environment programs to sustain the natural and original ecosystem of Hong Kong with its local characteristics.
HK Perma Club – Using ecological design principles to improve and promote clean air, clean food and a healthy sustainable lifestyle
Living Islands Movement – A South Lantau based community organization that promotes sustainable islands development
Living Lamma – Established to address the degradation of natural beauty and village character; concrete, metal fences, construction waste dumping on agricultural land
The Nature Conservancy – Global conservation organization working to protect ecologically important lands and waters that sustain all life on earth.
Produce Green Foundation – Non-profit charitable organization established in 1988 by a group of local enthusiasts concerned about modern farming and the environment
Save Aberdeen Harbour Alliance – Uniting people committed to creating sustainable solutions to tons of rubbish thrown into the waters and carried out to sea
Tai Po Environmental Association – Non-profit to attend to local enviromental issues, to conserve and improve the environment with conferences, eco-tours, training camps. competitions and training
Teng Hoi Conservation Association – Non-profit developing programs linked to the environment and education to encourage participation and interest while providing measurable results
The Fringe Club – A not-for-profit community organization with two studio theatres, exhibition areas, pottery workshop, a rehearsal studio, restaurant, bars and roof garden
Hong Kong Arts Centre – Arts and culture incubator offering a wide range of programs; cinema, theatres, galleries, classrooms, studios and restaurants
JCCAC Arts Village – Fostering arts in the community by offering a creative environment for artists and organizing public activities
MIA (Mere Independent Artists) – Non-profit organization founded by a group of artists and art administrators to promote contemporary art through art-related projects and events
Para Site – Non-profit art organization established to produce, exhibit and communicate local and international contemporary art
Yama Foundation – A non-profit organization making yoga, art and meditation accessible to everyone, including those with chronic illness, disabilities and special needs
culture & heritage
Asian Cultural Council – Supporting transformative cultural exchange between the United States and Asia through unique visual and performing arts and humanities projects
Asia Society Hong Kong – Non-profit, NGO dedicated to fostering understanding of the countries and cultures of Asia
Heritage Hong Kong – Non-profit conservation group promoting social enterprise development projects benefiting both employees and customers with both parties coming from local community
events & gatherings
CleanTuesday – Gathering green economy entrepreneurs, investors and enthusiasts with the latest innovations
Green Drinks – Open networking for anyone interested in environmental and social issues, sustainable development and CSR; usually second Wednesday each month
Hong Kong Philosophy Café – Free, public, informal, philosophical discussions – Kowloon, Fringe, Lamma, French, Chinese Branches
TEDx Hong Kong – Engaging the people of Hong Kong and challenging conventional wisdom through creative action with motivational, intellectual and entertaining experiences
Birthday Happiness – Charity aimed raising self-esteem and creating a feeling of self-awareness and confidence for children in need by hosting birthday parties.
Children’s Cancer Foundation – A group of nurses, doctors and parents improving the quality of life for young cancer patients and their families in caring for their physical, psychological and social well-being
Feeding Hong Kong – Registered charity with a mission to reduce hunger along with amount of quality food being sent to Hong Kong landfills
Food Angel – Rescuing edible surplus food that would be disposed of as waste, preparing nutritious hot meals and redistributing to underprivileged communities
Food Grace – Food recovery organization aiming to help workers improve their situation through education and training with employment support services
Foodlink – Registered Hong Kong charity dedicated to addressing hunger while simultaneously reducing food wastage; founded in 21 and registered in 21
Amnesty International – Nonprofit human rights education programs include police training, school talks and workshops, exhibitions and the annual Human Rights Press Awards for journalists
Conservation International – Hong Kong – Protecting nature for the benefit of everyone on earth for more than 25 years
Friends of the Earth – Catalyzing the community environmental debate and shaping policy change
Forest Stewardship Council – Independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests
Hagar International – International organization dedicated to recovery of extreme human rights abuses, particularly human trafficking, gender-based violence and sexual exploitation
Habitat for Humanity – International non-profit organization building simple and comfortable homes for the needy with the help of homeowner families and local volunteers
Medecins Sans Frontiers – International medical humanitarian aid organization founded by doctors and journalists providing emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict
Operation Smile – Accredited medical and non-medical volunteer teams from around the world who travel to treat children with cleft lip and palate
Orbis – Providing tools, training and technology for local doctors and health care professionals to develop lasting solutions for avoidable blindness
Oxfam Hong Kong – Independent international development and humanitarian organization working against poverty and related injustice
PETA Asia – Animal rights organization operating under the principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.
Peace International Foundation – Non-sectarian, non-political and not-for-profit organization promoting peace by breaking down the boundaries of race, religion, culture and politics
Hong Kong Red Cross – Offering impartial and voluntary aid to help improve the lives of vulnerable people
Room to Read – Literacy and gender equality in education; developing reading habits among primary school children and supporting girls to complete secondary school
ShelterBox HK – Providing emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most
WWF Hong Kong – Mission to stop and eventually reverse the accelerating degradation of our natural environment and to help build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature
groups & meetups
HK Exlorers Initiative – Encouraging people to get outside and appreciate the city’s wild side; supported by the National Geographic Society
The Hong Kong Gardening Society – Our members share information and visit private and public gardens, experimental farms, wholesale markets and specialist garden centres.
Hong Kong Hiking – Active hiking group with more than 1 hikes a week open to anyone of all abilities from novices to semi-professional
Hong Kong UFO Club – Sharing information, hosting speakers and discussions
Hong Kong Cycling Alliance – Volunteer group working to make Hong Kong a more bike-friendly city by encouraging government reform of cycling policies
Meat Free Hong Kong – Group of Cantonese and English speakers holding regular gatherings at various locations in Hong Kong to share herbivorous vegan food and discussion
Crossroads International – A non-profit organization serving a global need to link those who are in need with those who can provide help
Fair Trade Hong Kong – Promoting fair trade to alleviate poverty, reduce inequality and contribute to a sustainable future, ensuring producers receive their fair share
GoVeg Club – Collaborating to organize activities including gathering at veg restaurants, travel and entertainment, sharing our multi-cultural members
Green Living Education Foundation – Found in 24 to restore natural wisdom and recognition of our basic responsibilities as global citizens
Green Monday Hong Kong – Group of HK organizations and individuals committed to reduce carbon emissions and lessen our individual impact on the environment
Hong Kong Culture Heritage Studies and Promotion Association – A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting all aspects of Hong Kong cultural heritage studies
Hong Kong Vegetarian Society – Meetings and discussions open to anyone interested in exploring vegetarian options
Hush The Bus – Registered Society formed by concerned residents fed up with noise pollution on franchised buses aiming to minimize passenger annoyance from broadcasting.
Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots – Education program founded by Dr Jane Goodall empowering young people to care for the environment, community and animals through action
BLOOM Association – Non-profit organization created in 24 to protect the oceans by informing the public and educating people about sustainability
Eco Marine – We are promoting local marine awareness and offering marine education and research programs in Hong Kong.
HK Cleanup – Organizing regular cleanups, increasing awareness of importance of communities and advocating for change in public policy related to waste management
Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society – Dedicated to the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises of Hong Kong
Shark Rescue – Our goal is to see Hong Kong become the leader in ocean conservation by the year 22.
Living Seas – Seeking implementation of sustainable policies and programs to ensure recreational, commercial and environmental vitality of Hong Kong’s marine ecosystem
Naked Islands Project – Raising awareness about the growing concern over the environmental and health issues around waste management in Hong Kong
Ocean Recovery Alliance – Bringing together new technologies, solutions, ideas and projects to help with issues that negatively impact the health of the ocean
Plastic-free Seas – Hong Kong based non-profit changing in the way we view and use plastics in society today; education and action campaigns
Sea Shepherd Global – Non government anti-poaching law enforcement agency that aims to defend, conserve and protect marine species and habitats.
HK Shark Foundation – A registered Hong Kong charity dedicated to marine conservation; part of MyOcean.
The Art of Living Foundation Hong Kong – Educational service non-profit organization founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to provide the Art of Living Course
Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society – HK registered charity offering Vipassana meditation; mindfulness lectures, weekly meditations in Central and Kowloon; regular monthly retreats on Lantau Island
Kadampa Meditation Centre Hong Kong – Non-profit organization with meditation and Buddhism practical studies programs for all levels of interest and experience
Osho Information Center Hong Kong – Meditation activities and groups; books and meditative music/discourse CDs by Osho
Raja Yoga Meditation Centre – Meditation course, positive thinking, creative thinking, self esteem, stress management talks, workshops; all free
Siddhartha’s Intent – Public teaching on buddhism
Hong Kong Vipassana Meditation Centre – Courses in Vipassana Meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin as taught by S.N. Goenka and his Assistant Teachers
Alcoholics Anonymous – Support and meetings for alcoholics with groups throughout HK; our purpose is to stay sober and help others achieve sobriety.
Adult Children Anonymous – For anyone who grew up in the confusion of a dysfunctional or alcoholic family, ACA offers meetings, workshops, library; Monday meetings 6:3-7:45pm
Overeaters Anonymous – Support and meetings for anyone with a problem with food or weight; no dues or fees or membership
planning & development
Alliance For a Beautiful Hong Kong – Promoting aesthetic values and the integrity of the natural environment in urban and rural public areas of Hong Kong
Central & Western Concern Group – Advocates of balanced urban planning and heritage conservation in Hong Kong
Designing Hong Kong Harbour District – The objective of Designing Hong Kong Harbour District is consensus building among government, business and civic sectors on sustainable planning for the Harbour District.
Friends of the Harbour – A non-profit making group formed to preserve and promote Victoria Harbour – a valuable asset and the natural heritage of the people of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Design Centre – Non-profit organization helping local designers and businesses by promoting greater appreciation of the ways design contributes to quality of life.
Society for Protection of the Harbour – Non-political and non-profit making environmental organization aimed at protecting our Victoria Harbour from destruction through excessive reclamation
Designing Hong Kong – Local non-profit focused on sustainable urban planning
rights & protection
AIDS Concern Hong Kong – Nonprofit NGO supports and facilitates community-participation in the planning and delivery of AIDS prevention and care services
Liberty Asia – Anti-slavery project to prevent human trafficking through legal advocacy, technological interventions, and strategic collaborations with NGOs and corporations in Asia
The Mekong Club – Raising awareness of the business of slavery in Asia to eradicate forced labor and save victims of sex slavery
Action for REACH OUT – Advocacy and drop-in centre with classes on legal rights, HIV/AIDS awareness, money management and other employment skills for CSI workers
Society for Community Organization (SoCO) – Human rights pioneer in Hong Kong nurturing a sense of civic rights through civic education programs and social actions
A Drop of Life – Providing disaster relief and poverty alleviation; visiting and distributing supplies to elderly and disadvantaged in Hong Kong
Bo Charity Foundation Limited – Conserving the environment and caring for underprivileged communities, reducing food waste, alleviating hunger and poverty in Hong Kong
China Hands United – Hong Kong based not-for-profit organization exploring feasible, long term and self-sustainable solutions to promote steadfast prosperity in China’s rural countryside
Fu Hong Organization – Training, education and employment opportunities for people with disabilities; public talks, fundraising; mail processing, simple printing, cleaning, pest control services
Hong Kong Women Development Association Limited – Established to create self-confidence, self-esteem, self-reliance, self-reliance and advancement of women; women and children’s rights; advocacy services, promoting women’s work
impactHK – Creating events to perform good acts for individuals in need with 1% of everything raised going to the cause
LEAP – Life Education Activity Programme – Working in partnership with schools, teachers, parents, government and agencies to prevent substance abuse; providing positive health-based education programs
Samaritans – 24-hour confidential emotional support and monthly meeting for people in need of emotional support or to discuss suicidal thoughts
St James Settlement – Providing community support for children, youth, families, elderly and mentally disabled including residential care, food bank and home maintenance services
St John Ambulance – Hong Kong – First aid and ambulance services in emergency, dental care for the handicapped and courses on First Aid and Home Nursing for the general public
Suicide Prevention Services – Self-financed operation providing volunteer support to people in emotional distress since 1995
Tuen Mun District Woman’s Association Limited – Creating employment opportunities for women; providing social services including development and support of women, elderly care, youth and child development
The Salvation Army – International Christian charity serving families facing crisis, disadvantaged elders, children and youth, people with disabilities, marginalized minorities and disaster survivors
HandsOn Hong Kong – Registered charity volunteer network mobilizing and empowering our community to meet pressing social needs in Hong Kong through volunteer services
Ho-Sum – Online meeting place for charities and volunteers
Volunteer Space – Fostering programs for orphans and abandoned children.
International Yoga Institute – Hatha and Ashtanga yoga classes for beginner and intermediate level
Hong Kong Karma Yoga – Organizing local yoga events in support of local charities
Namaskar – Free quarterly magazine for yoga practitioners published by volunteers to share knowledge, learning and experience