Blog

rtf2017feb_event_banner
16 Feb
0

Author Sharing Event

Date: Feb 11, 2017

Venue: SKH Fung Kei Primary School (4 Tak Ting St, Hung Hom)

Activity:

A Taiwanese children books’ author shared with over 100 parents and children on how reading empowered us, while a local bibliophile Uncle Monster recommended a few children books.

Read More
201803-RTF04
21 Feb
0

[活動報名] 小母牛開卷助人— 同樂一生家長工作坊

201803-RTF-cover

「開卷助人」之
「同樂一生」家長工作坊

快樂是能治百病的良藥,研究指大笑能增強積極情緒,但各位爸媽平日笑臉多還是苦臉多?為幫大家尋找真正快樂之道,我們將在3月2日舉行「同樂一生」工作坊,由正向導師Irene帶領一連串活動,以及Seeds兒童書店創辦人Joyce Tam的繪本分享,讓爸媽盡情「大笑」,透視「快樂」,學習正面情緒,面對孩子受傷或犯錯時,選擇以鼓勵來回應。

此外,現凡參加工作坊,即可同時免費報名「開卷助人」計劃

小母牛期望透過「開卷助人」計劃推動閱讀,讓小朋友從小培養良好品格,關顧有需要的人;而家長對孩子的引導也非常重要,因此希望透過上述工作坊,讓家長與孩子們一同發掘感恩大小事,促進親子關係之餘,也嘗試回饋社會。名額有限,報名從速!

活動詳情

日期  2018年3月2日 (五)
時間  下午 7-9 時
地點  DREAM ROOM (觀塘APM旁)
對象  家長
名額  50人        名額有限,先到先得!
費用*   港幣$150

2018年2月25日(星期日)23時59分 截止報名
成功報名者將獲電郵通知

201803-RTF
201803-RTF04

講者簡介

Joyce Tam
香港科技大學工商管理系榮譽學士,並修讀兒童心理學及心理學碩士課程。資深親子閱讀導師、兒童情緒管理及教養講座講師、及曾任香港某大報章專欄作家。多年來致力推廣親子閱讀,並於2013年創辦Seeds兒童書店。

Irene Fu
畢業於香港樹仁大學輔導及心理學及英國格林威治大學商業行政學士,多年來帶領兒童、青少年工作坊及學校活動經驗,Irene亦是大笑瑜伽註冊導師、6A品格教育講師、美國身心語言程式學學會—身心語言程式學高級執行師及DISC性格行為分析認可顧問。

參加「開卷助人」之意義            按此了解更多>>

  •   創造共讀機會,增進親子關係
  •   從小培養同理心,學習關愛有需要的人
  •   加深對國內貧窮問題的認識,學習多角度思考
  •   身體力行參與扶貧

免費資源:有關小母牛扶貧工作的短片、工作紙及活動單張等。所有參加者將獲發參加證書。

*善款扣除開支將用於小母牛國內扶貧項目,為貧困家庭提供牲口及培訓,協助他們自力更生。

Read More
Coverphoto02
19 Dec
0

[已完結] 小母牛繪本劇場 x 環保動物手作坊

Coverphoto03

2018年頭炮親子活動
〈繪本劇場 x 環保動物手作坊〉

踏入新一年,各位爸媽與小朋友訂立了什麼新目標呢?有否想過與小朋友一同發放愛心,關懷內地偏遠農村的貧困家庭?

小母牛將於明年一月於上水中心購物商場,舉辦一個別具意義的親子活動,精彩內容如下:
• 首度公開演出繪本互動劇場——信念小母牛 ,以生動有趣的方式,帶出小母牛組織開始送牛扶貧的故事。
環保小母牛動物手作坊 ——由Monster Cycles一班義工媽媽擔任導師,教大家以舊襪製成可愛小母牛動物,讓小朋友了解動物如何幫助農民,同時明白環保減廢再造的重要。小朋友更可將完成品帶回家。
• 同場設小母牛展覽 牛牛布公仔預訂

活動詳情

日期  2018年1月14日 (星期日)
時間  下午2- 5時
地點  上水中心購物商場—地下大堂
對象  一對親子 (6歲以上小童及同行家長一名)
費用*  港幣$80 港幣$20一對親子
(需自備舊襪子、衣服及鈕扣作手作坊材料)

2018Jan

名額    30人    名額有限,先到先得!
截止報名  2018年1月3日(星期三)23時59分 (成功報名者將獲電郵通知。)
注意事項  *善款扣除開支將用於小母牛國內扶貧項目,為貧困家庭提供牲口及培訓,協助他們自力更生。

Read More
Photo-8
11 Dec
0

Buzzing Bees Bring Sweet Reward

Fall is a season of harvest.  For Heifer farmers in Beijing’s Huangyukou Village, this year’s harvest is extra sweet – for they are collecting the fragrant honey produced after almost one year of beekeeping.

Heifer has been assisting farmers in Beijing’s Miyun District in raising Asian honeybees, a species native to Asia Pacific.  Different from those produced by European bees, their honey is made from a wider variety of nectar and has higher nutritional value.  The price of honey produced by the traditional barrel hive method can reach as high as 400 yuan per kg –  two to three times higher than those from European bees.

The annual honey-harvesting season begins in October around the first fall of frost.  This is the moment when the farmers find out if the year’s efforts have paid off.  The villagers give thanks for nature’s blessings before experienced apiarists perform the most important task: honey-harvesting.

59-year-old Liu Zhangshun has been keeping bees for nine years.  In order to ensure that the water supply to Beijing is not polluted, both animal husbandry and agriculture are strictly regulated around Huangyukou, which is located upstream of the Miyun Reservoir and designated as a national first-class conservation zone.

As such, Liu’s family of five only owned less than a hectare of land.  They barely had any extra to spend on food, after paying for their two children’s education and the 500-yuan monthly medical fee for Liu’s mentally-handicapped brother.  They ate whatever that could grow in their fields, and if that was not enough, they would go collect walnuts on the mountain for sale.  When Liu was shown how to raise bees, he decided to become a beekeeper without second thoughts.  He still remembers vividly the red and swollen bee stings he got from his first honey-harvesting.  Unfortunately, due to their limited experience, this first attempt failed to change the family’s life.

It was not until they joined the Heifer project in 2013 that the Liu family started to see transformation.

Photo-5

Not only did Heifer give me 10 colonies of Asian bees, but they also taught me a lot of knowledge and skills in apiculture. I discovered that the location of apiaries, arrangement of hive boxes and barrels, how to separate the developed hives and harvest honey were all crucial to success.” As Liu got better and better in beekeeping, new challenges also arose.  In the early winter of 2015, a sudden drop in temperature and failure to keep the honeybees warm resulted in the death of half of them.  Although Liu was sad, he worked even harder to improve his skills.  Heifer also stepped up the training to the recipients. A review was conducted to learn from the experience and constructive measures were developed to prevent such disasters.

After several years of hard work, Liu now owns 76 colonies of Asian honeybees. He earns about 30,000 yuan annually from beekeeping, three times more than that before joining the project. What’s more, his bees have reached a 90% survival rate in winter. Thanks to his extensive experience, Liu has been nominated as a technician and trainer in the Huisheng Asian Honeybee Apiculture Cooperative organized with Heifer’s assistance.

Xmas2017-02

Despite improvement in his life, the hard-working Liu still keeps on learning. “I am studying a new technique in raising queen bees. If successful, it can scale up the birth rate and quality of our bees, in hope of increasing the income of my family and other cooperative members.”

Slicing through the hive swiftly, Liu cuts a whole piece of honey comb into the tray. The honey shines in gold and its aroma reaches far. Honey-harvesting takes place once a year only, and a hive of Asian bees merely produces 10 kg of honey. Still, the beekeepers never take more than half of the honey combs. “The rest is for the bees,” says Liu. Unlike European bees which feed on white sugar, Asian bees rely solely on the remaining honeycombs to get through the winter. Liu adds, “Only by doing so can we ensure that the honey they produce next year is from authentic nectar!” Needless to say, Liu always reserves some of this precious honey for his beloved family.

In this festive season, would you give a hand to the poverty-stricken families in Mainland China to help them overcome the tough winter?

Liu and other beekeepers in Miyun are working as hard as the honeybees they raise.  All they want is to give their family a “sweeter” life, and to repay the donors for their kindness.  Once successful, they pass on their knowledge and skills to other families just like how bees transfer pollen, extending benevolence and the project’s impact at the same time.

Heifer Project Lifts Over Thousand Beekeepers Out of Poverty

The Miyun Reservoir conservation zone has facilitated the development of the apicultural industry.  Thanks to the government’s support, Shicheng Township and its vicinity are developing into northern China’s largest Asian honeybee protection area, which promotes apiculture as well as tourism.

Heifer has been running projects in Miyun’s remote areas since 2002 and has so far assisted 1,130 recipients from 32 villages located in eight townships. Among these, the Huangyukou Asian honeybee project has been particularly successful.

In 2013, the first group of 178 recipients all passed on the monetary equivalent of what they had initially received to another 226 families within just half a year of raising bees.  On average, the annual income of each family has increased by 8,000-10,000 yuan.  More importantly, the project has transformed small holder farming into large scale production, with a processing capacity of 100 tons per annum.  The cooperative membership has also grown from six households in one village to 307 members from 15 villages.  They now own more than 8,500 colonies of Asian honeybees and see a steady increase in income, which has risen by 40% to over 5 million yuan in 2017.

The Heifer project not only aims to improve the recipients’ livelihood, but also to save the endangered Asian honeybees.  In addition to improving the traditional barrel hive method, Heifer also teaches the recipients to use the box hive method which cuts the maturity time by half, reduces the risks and thus brings higher and more sustainable income.

The project will continue to develop more products so as to increase its market share.  It will also invest into nectar-rich plants to ensure the sustainable development of Asian honeybee apiculture and ecotourism.

Photo-2

Asian Honeybees: Producers of Better Quality Honey

  • Asian honeybee is a species native to Asia Pacific
  • It collects nectar in various wild flowers in the remote mountains. It is high in many nutrients easily absorbed by our bodies
  • The honey produced with the traditional barrel hive method is especially valuable
  • Asian honeybee are helpful in promoting biodiversity in plants
  • Due to the difficulty in taking care of Asian honeybees, many beekeepers in Mainland China would rather import the European equivalent
  • European honeybees do not have an olfactory sense as strong as their Asian counterparts, and can only seek out nectar in large areas of flowers, resulting in lower nutritional values in their honey

Read More
1236912