Page 1

In Action with Buddy Reading Program

Conception: Copyright: Kids4Kids Ltd. Hong Kong

In Action with Buddy Reading Program

Buddy Reading Program by:

Kids4Kids In Action funded by:


page 1

The creation of this photobook would not have been possible without the extraordinary group of people that helped to make it happen! First and foremost, Kids4kids would like to thank Mr. James Wendlinger for putting in his personal time and effort in mentoring the students leading the project, providing them with valuable ideas, tips and most importantly, support. Mr. Wendlinger was also the head designer for this photobook. Secondly, Kids4kids would like to thank our much appreciated student Advocates, the student project leaders namely, Julie Shi, Ching Long Wong and Caitlin Low for their ongoing enthusiasm, perseverance and determination in completing the project. Fellow student

Advocates, Justin Lo, Ivy Tse, Michelle Lau, Avinash Bharwaney and Amber Ko are also to thank for their active help in this project. Thirdly, a heart felt thanks to all the participating Buddy Reading centers and schools that have generously allowed us to take photographs. And last but not least, thank you to Keswick Foundation who funded this photobook project. We hope you will enjoy reading this and look forward to having you be a part of our story too. We always need more volunteers to come and help. So,if you enjoy reading and storytelling in English to kids, then come join us. Sign up at

page 2


Our story began in 2008 with the idea that when children feel empowered into action, they can learn about making a difference, even from a young age. We inspire and empower kids to make a difference in creative and dynamic ways. Through our programs, kids are able to organize activities or even create products that goes to give back to the local community. Our programs and activities make it easy for anyone to start getting involved in their own community and to take action. This involves reaching out to other kids through reading, sharing and working together hand in hand.

page 3

Through our three main program areas - Kids4Kids Advocates, Kids4Kids Creations and Kids4Kids in Action, children take responsability to care for the others and for the world we live in.

Yuen Long

Sai Kung

Tuen Mun Kowloon City Sham Shui Po Kwun Tong Yau Tsi Mong Eastern

Median Monthly Income <10 000 hk$ 10 000 hk$ - 12 000 hk$ 12 000 hk$ - 14 000 hk$ >14 000 hk$ Buddy Reading Sites served page 4


This Page - Shei Kip Mei and Chai Wan

page 5

The Buddy Reading Program started in September 2010 at a community center in Shek Kip Mei with the simple idea that our volunteers, both the young and young at heart, can share their love of reading and storytelling with underprivileged children across HongKong. This program aims to install the love of reading and books from a young age. The beneficiary kids enjoy the storytelling by our Buddy Readers as they have an opportunity to be read to in English, and have an opportunity to interact and build up their confidence of reading and communicating in English. Buddy Reading is the core outreach activity of Kids4Kids in Action. We are proud to have received past funding support from Chen Yet-­ S en Family Foundation for Jan – Dec 2012 and Operation Santa Claus in Dec 2012 – May 2013. The Keswick Foundation is now the sponsor of Kids4Kids in Action for a three-­year period to June 2016.

1000 800 600 400 200 0 Sessions Volunteers Children





9 12 82

48 92 426

81 141 834

85 150 840

Some Facts: • From 2010 -­2013, we have over 500 Buddy Reading Volunteers trained ready to outreach and serve the community. • We have delivered over s180 Buddy Reading sessions in the past 3 years. • Over 1,000 books have been read to underprivileged children in HongKong. page 6


page 7

There is great concern about the growing level of underprivileged population in what is generally perceived as the affluent city of Hong Kong. It is apparent that the relative poverty has impacted upon the lives of many within the families, young and elderly. According to a study prepared by the Society for Community Organization (SoCO), the Hong Kong Human Rights Commission and the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rights Association, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s child poverty rate is over 281,900 children, making up 26% of the total population. Reading brings benefits and joy to everyone. But not everyone has the opportunity to develop a passion for reading. That is why Kids4kids established the Buddy Reading Program

to help children at underprivileged community schools and centers to embrace the joy of reading. These children do not always have the freedom or access to books at their finger tips, nor do these children have the same exposure to the English language. Kids4Kids Buddy Reading Program brings volunteer and child together to create a unique bond forged by sharing this passion for reading.

page 8

“As a Buddy Reader, I can experience how lucky I am to live in a family that can afford books.” Justin, Buddy Reader since 2012

Justin(left), Amber(center) Buddy Reading L.S.T. Yeung Chun Ming Primary School, Ngau Tau Kok page 9

page 10

“The single most important activity for bulding the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” Centre for the Study on Reading, 1985

Opposite Page - Buddy Reading St. James’ Settlement, Chai Wan page 11

page 12

“Children from homes with lower rates of family literacy tend to enter school with poor literacy skills which are often associated with lower self-esteem and poorer educational and social outcomes.” Silverstein et al., 2002

Opposite Page - Buddy Reading St.James’ Settlement, Chai Wan page 13

page 14

page 15

Opposite Page - Buddy Reading Be The Change, Tsim Sha Tsui

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every week at Be The Change, one of our centers, little Ishodarha enters the room before anyone else. She listens intently to the stories read, and asks questions in a very polite fashion. She entered our program in 2012 when she was very new to the language. One year later, she came second at her speech festival. Inspirational.â&#x20AC;? Avi, Buddy Reader since 2012

page 16

Opposite Page - Buddy Reading St.James’ Settlement, Chai Wan

“My favorite thing about Buddy Reading is getting to teach kids English who don’t have the opportunity.” Michael, Buddy Reader since 2012

page 17

page 18

page 19

Opposite Page - Buddy Reading St.Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Settlement, Chai Wan

Right - Buddy Reading Sessions

page 20

page 21

Opposite Page - Buddy Reading with Cambodian Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fund

Right - Buddy Reading / Thailand

page 22

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids were enthusiastic, and a joy to read to. It was wonderful over a period of just a few weeks, to see them become more confident with their reading and understanding of English books, whilst still having fun.â&#x20AC;? Leah, Buddy Reader since 2010

page 23

page 24

page 25

Opposite Page - Ada(4th from left) Buddy Reading L.S.T. Leung Wong Wai Fong Memorial School, Tuen Mun

“I enjoy Buddy Reading since I love interacting with children and I can really feel that they like reading after joining the program. I know I have given back to the community, and I have made someone smile. I feel good to have made a difference in someone’s life as a Buddy Reader.” Ada, Buddy Reader since 2010

page 26

Opposite Page - Ivy(3rd from left), Michelle(center)Buddy Reading L.S.T. Leung Wong Wai Fong Memorial School, Tuen Mun

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was a great experience and I will certainly be back again next time.â&#x20AC;? Michelle, Buddy Reader since 2012

page 27

page 28

Buddy Reading would not be possible without the support of the following

Current Supporting Organizations

Past Supporting Organizations

page 29

organizations and individuals....

Individual Sponsors Morgan Sze Michael West Matthew Read Yama Chan Gaw Julie Andersen Asit Shah Louis Pagnutti John Lai

page 30

Star Buddy Readers Star Buddy Readers are those who have attended more than 10 Buddy Reading Sessions and have read over 40 stories to kids. Abbie Humphreys Aidi Agnes Tea Yin Ee Alisa Chau Amber Ko Andy Mingnen Li Arthur Wei Yong Avinash V Bharwaney Benjamin Paul Lowry Cherry Ng Chloe Lo Daisy Deng Yigi Denise Wong Wai Yan Hannah Wong Pui Yee Haruka Kawazoe Ian Chow Ivy Tse Jason Wong Chee Hanng Jeremy Chow Chak Lun Jessy Ng Lai Han

page 31

Jonathan Lowry Julie Shi Justin Lo Kalis Yung Sin Ching Ken Cheung Wai Ting Leah Birkby Lim Pui Yan Maggie Wong Sin Man Michael Adam Lowry Michelle Lau Rachel Poon Robert Liao Sakshi Chandrasekhar Sara IP Siu Ching Sasha Palatnikov Synix Sun Siwen Tang Chen Taryn Deana Green Berg Teresa Wong Yip Tsz Yuen

Buddy Reading Sites Since 2010... Be The Change Changing Young Lives Foundation Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children Hans Anderson Club International Social Service - Hong Kong Branch Lok Sin Tong Primary Schools Methodist Centre Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice Small Group Homes Ng Wah Catholic Primary School St. Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Settlement St. John The Baptist Catholic Primary School Tung Wah Jockey Club Lei Tung Intergrated Service Centre Tung Wah Small Group Homes

page 32

Kids4Kids Photo Book - Kids4Kids in Action  
Kids4Kids Photo Book - Kids4Kids in Action  

A Journey Into Reading Buddy Reading Program The Buddy Reading Program empowers our volunteers to share their love of reading with underpr...