SAF recently hosted two heart-warming events to celebrate the achievements of the participants of the Make It Better (MIB) charity programme in Hong Kong.
This June, children, their teachers and caregivers celebrated the successful completion of another term of Make It Better workshops with graduation ceremonies and exhibitions of the children’s artworks at Asia Society Hong Kong Centre and Youth Square in Chai Wan.
The events included talks from Professor Rainbow Ho, Director of Centre on Behavioral Health at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Yana Ng, SAF’s Make It Better Course Planning Teacher and Art Therapist. The young graduates were presented with certificates and colouring sets by Ms Jasmine Chung, Senior Charities Manager of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, before tucking into some delicious snacks and getting crafty with a hands-on art workshop.
The workshops also form part of SAF’s wider ‘Jockey Club Expressive Arts Programme For Children’, funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The pioneering programme, which began in August 2017, is led by the MIB team with the support of HKU research staff and aims to train teachers in Hong Kong to integrate principles of expressive arts into their classes, in order to better support and communicate with children, especially those with special educational needs.
The work of MIB is going from strength to strength and the team receive an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from parents and teachers, with one mother recently commenting:
"My son wasn’t good at expressing his emotions. After joining the Make It Better programme, he now uses drawing as a way to express himself. Recently, he used a drawing to share that he was bullied by his classmates at school. Through the work he had created, his father and I could clearly see what had happened and how sad he felt about the incident. We were then able to help him. I feel his self-expression has improved a lot. Thank you, teacher Judith!"