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From Light Home to SIE Fund: a crossover between helping the poor and promoting social innovation


The “tong lau” flats on Wing Lee Street easily remind people of the movie “Echoes of the Rainbow”. In 2010, the Development Bureau and the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) retained all 12 "tong lau" blocks on the street, preserving them in their entirety. As the former Secretary for Development, I feel especially connected to the area and I paid a visit there today. Some of the historical structures now serve as incubators for local artists, enriching the diversity of the existing cluster of cultural establishments and heritage conservation projects at the eastern end of Hollywood Road. In these “old-meets-new” architectural buildings, there are several Light Home flats in a corner with 10 single-parent families living in them. The families moved out from poor living conditions not long ago. Now in a stable living place, they are reconstructing their lives and preparing themselves for a better future.

Helping Ethnic Minorities Learn Chinese More Effectively


The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March is designated by the United Nations to raise public awareness of racial discrimination and champion the common cause of harmony and equality for people of all origins.  Today I went to an event organised by the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Caritas Youth and Community Service to celebrate this particular International Day, where I also briefed the participants on the further support provided for ethnic minorities by the current-term Government.

Pro-employment and Pro-child Low-income Working Family Allowance


In his Policy Address released this Wednesday, the Chief Executive outlined the poverty alleviation blueprint of the current-term Government.  The Low-income Working Family Allowance (LIFA) is a key element of this blueprint.  Let me share with you how we have worked out the LIFA proposal.

義工傳城發放正能量 (Chinese version only)


今天是「2013匯豐愛心傳城義工大行動 – 全城正能量日」,我參與了「義工服務」環節,連同義務工作發展局主席李澤培和幾名義工到深水埗探訪兩個家庭。義務工作發展局是「家是香港」運動的其中一個夥伴機構,是次「大行動」亦完全配合「關愛香港」的主題。

優化課餘託管計劃 (Chinese version only)



政府沒有忽略「N無人士」 (Chinese version only)



迎春接福 心繫社區 (Chinese version only)



創業就業 墟市有價 (Chinese version only)



青年起動 創建明天 (Chinese version only)



關懷社會 家是香港 (Chinese version only)



關愛基金 以人為本 (Chinese version only)



普天同慶 送暖表關懷 (Chinese version only)