Zonta Club of Kowloon makes a wide impact during COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic and various stages of outbreaks, the Zonta Club of Kowloon, Hong Kong, offered support to several organizations and groups in need. The club proactively collaborated with six organizations and carried out 10 projects for women and their families, with an estimated 30,000 direct beneficiaries as of February 2021.
In the early stage of the pandemic, many citizens in Hong Kong needed to pay for expensive masks, sanitizers and protective gear, which were luxurious items to many underprivileged families. To help, the club donated various care packs based on the needs of different groups. The packs included essentials such as masks, hand sanitizers, food, toilet paper, stationery, toys, Vitamin C supplements and supermarket coupons.
The club collaborated with organizations, such as Caritas Project Hyacinth for vulnerable/distressed young mothers and their young children, Caritas Ngau Tau Kok Community Centre for elderly living alone and children living their families, Hong Kong Women Foundation Ho Kwok Pui Chun Social Centre for elderlies living alone or with spouse and Harmony House for families suffered from domestic violence.
In July 2020, another wave of the COVID-19 outbreak occurred in the elderly homes of Hong Kong. The club immediately donated surgical masks, hand sanitizers and protective clothing to seven elderly homes of Pok Oi Hospital. Additionally, there was a cold wave in the winter of 2020. To share the warmth of the Chinese New Year, the club further collaborated with Pok Oi Hospital to donate care packs with scarves and mittens for underprivileged elderlies residing in remote villages.