[App Concept] — My idea of WSFHP

WSFHP: Welcome Safari for Homeless People


In HK, some people are suffering from the starving and homeless situation, but in lots occasions, we are still living the waste lifestyle, like missing changes, excess food, and old clothes… If we can make a more rational allocation of resources through Internet technology, then we would largely improve the efficiency in the use of materials and help needing people.


WSFHP (Welcome Safari for Homeless People) is an internet-based device chain system; it includes two parts of terminals:

One is for the chain store like 7-11 and some restaurants, its function includes holding a public account for collecting change donation (when the costumers donate their changes, the 7-11 or restaurant can add it to the public account, the amount of money will be automatically converted to inexpensive hot beverage or food); and registering “reversed coffee” and donated food (when the coffee shop/7-11 get reserved coffee, or the restaurant has extra food, they can also upload the figure to the server).

The other part is some touch-screens hanging in some homeless-gathering places like parks and underground tunnels, the function is displaying the available beverage and food amount on a map of the nearby area, and anyone can use the touch-screen to check if there are enough food and drinks around — this function is for both poor people in need and people who want to donate in need help area without waste.

P.S. I wanted to post all material together, but at last I fell to save my crushed painting project file, so I upload these first, still working on my photo, add it later…


[Something about Hong Kong Social Benefit] — Community Initiatives and IT Services by OGCIO

*OGCIO: Office of the Government Chief Information Officer

Internet Learning Support Programme

In the 2009-10 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced that convenient and suitable Internet learning opportunities should be provided for students in need through tripartite collaboration between the community, the business sector and the Government in order to mitigate the impact of the digital divide on the quality of learning.

In the 2010-11 Government Budget, the Financial Secretary proposed to facilitate Internet learning by students of low-income families through a two-pronged strategy. It includes the granting of a cash subsidy on Internet access charges to these families, and offering economical Internet services and complementary support to the parents and students.

The Internet Access Subsidy has been disbursed annually to eligible families since 2010/11 school year. On the other hand, the Internet Learning Support Programme, named “i Learn at home”, was launched on 14 July 2011 to help the eligible families acquire affordable computer equipment and Internet access service through flexible payment arrangement, and to provide the students and their parents in these families with user and social support to enable their effective use of the subsidy and proper use of the associated educational opportunity.


Targets of the “i Learn at home” programme are families eligible for receiving Internet Access Subsidy under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) scheme or through the Student Finance Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA). According to the figures from 2011/12 to 2014/15 school year, it is envisaged that some 310 000 low-income families are eligible and can benefit from the programme.

The OGCIO has engaged two non-profit organisations, namely The Boy’s and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) and WebOrganic, to implement the programme in the Eastern and Western parts of Hong Kong respectively. The two implementers have set up a total of 31 service centres across the territory to deliver the programme services to the target beneficiaries.


Development of Assistive Technologies for Persons with Disabilities

Hong Kong is a well-developed and mature digital economy. Use of the Internet for accessing information and online services has become a part of many people’s daily lives. People who are out of touch with the digital world will find it difficult to integrate into the mainstream community. Advancement in information and communications technology (ICT) has improved the quality of life of the underprivileged groups.

Owing to physical limitations, persons with disabilities (PWD) often encounter many obstacles in using ICT. As such, they need a variety of assistive tools in order to operate and use computer smoothly. However, some of these assistive tools are so expensive that some of the PWD can hardly afford. In addition, as the type and severity of disabilities vary among PWD, different PWD need different assistive tools. Some of them may not be able to find a suitable tool in the market and therefore need a tailor-made one which greatly increases the cost and time required.

In view of the above, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer allocated a one-off funding of HK$3.6 million in 2010-11 to support the development of ICT-based assistive tools and applications for persons with disabilities. The nine selected projects, ranging from software development, input and control auxiliary device, online services and rehabilitation tools, etc, cater for persons with different types of disabilities such as the physically disabled and visually impaired persons.

The funded projects commenced development works in April 2011. All of them were completed in April 2012. The products are available for public’s reference and free download or use as a basis for further development.


Free Wi-Fi Facilities at Government Premises

The Government Wi-Fi (GovWiFi) Programme aims to provide FREE wireless Internet access services to all citizens and visitors by installing Wi-Fi facilities at designated government premises with high public patronage.  Besides providing convenience to citizens and visitors, GovWiFi also stimulates development of other Wi-Fi initiatives by the private sector.  Through a combination of government investment and market forces, we are developing Hong Kong into a wireless and ubiquitous city.

GovWiFi brings about benefits on all fronts:

  • People can surf the web freely for business, study, leisure or accessing government services whenever they visit the designated Government premises.

  • Business organisations can extend their services to a wireless platform to reach and connect with their clients.

  • ICT industry players can make use of this wireless platform to develop and provide more Wi-Fi applications, products and supporting services to their clients, and open up more business opportunities.

  • Visitors can conveniently enjoy Internet access at major tourist spots.


Development of Digital Inclusion Mobile Applications

The Government is committed to promoting the use of information and communications technology among underprivileged groups. The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer launched the support scheme in 2012-13 and 2014-15 respectively to encourage the development of mobile applications (apps) that provide practical content and services for various needy groups, so as to help them enhance their quality of life and integrate into the community through the use of these apps. Twelve apps were developed in the two rounds of the support scheme. All these apps have been launched and available for free download and use.



[Something about Hong Kong Social Benefit] — Volunteer Movement


About Volunteer

Within the Social Welfare Department, a central office for Volunteer Service was set up in September 1997 to develop volunteer service in a more coordinated manner though the launching of a Volunteer Movement. A computer database to capture information on individual and corporate volunteers and a Volunteer Service Enquiry Line was established to facilitate volunteer development. The “Volunteer Movement” was formally launched in 1998.

A District Co-ordinating Committee on Volunteer Service was set up in each of the 11 Districts under the Social Welfare Department to assist in implementing the strategies of the Volunteer Movement. The Committee will also take into account of its own characteristics and needs to coordinate the resources in promoting and enhancing the development of volunteer service in the locality.

Under the 11 District Co-ordinating Committees on Volunteer Service, the Social Welfare Department also set up the Designated offices on Volunteer Service in each of the 11 Districts. They will provide assistance and support to agencies or organizations having interest to set up volunteer teams and newly teams at the locality.

MovementSteering Committee on Promotion of Volunteer Service

Logo for Volunteer Movement 1

We have set up a Steering Committee on Volunteer Movement since September 1999 (in 2003 renamed as Steering Committee on Promotion of Volunteer Service) which is responsible for working out the overall promotion strategies and plans on Volunteer Movement for Hong Kong. Members of this committee include representatives from different community sectors and various Government Departments.

The Overall Promotion Strategies on Volunteer Movement

  • To cultivate a new concept for “volunteer” as a lively, interesting and multi-faceted activity so as to make volunteering part of our daily life;
  • To step up publicity work so that more people can recognize the contribution of volunteers toward the community;
  • To enlist support and participation from different sectors. Our primary target groups for this year are students, youth, corporates and all kinds of community organizations.

In order to launch the promotional activities targeted at students/youth, corporates and community organizations, the Steering Committee has set up 4 sub-committees. The organization chart is as follows: