Celebrated on February 27th every year, the World NGO Day is an international day dedicated to recognize, and honour all non-governmental and non-profit organizations, and the people behind them that contribute to society all year around. In celebration of the World NGO Day 2023, the GX Foundation has organised an event during which the team members stationed in Djibouti had a virtual meeting with 29 students from 7 different secondary schools at our Hong Kong headquarters, sharing their first-hand experiences working on Cataract Blindness Elimination Project in Djibouti. The Guangxi medical team also made a virtual appearance to talk about their insights working in Laos and Cambodia. GX has also organised mini exhibitions, introducing to students the works of GX providing international medical and public health humanitarian assistance in the Belt and Road countries. Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), our working partner, also set up a booth to introduce their work. Lastly, participants wrote messages of encouragement and appreciation on a banner that will be brought to the Djibouti project site.
Professor Emily Chan Ying-yang, CEO of the GX Foundation, is pleased to express her support for the event, as it would enable young people to recognize the works of the Foundation. “Through interacting with the team in Djibouti and the Guangxi medical team virtually, students would get to explore the behind-the-scenes of humanitarian services, recognising every facet of the project’s operation”, said Professor Chan. She looks forward to seeing more of the younger generation to take part in humanitarian work, regardless of their backgrounds and career choice, contributing to our country and the world on an international level.
Jasmine and Jane, from SPCS, said that the recent earthquake in Turkey has inspired their interests in humanitarian service. They learnt from the event that humanitarian service requires multidisciplinary cooperation between individuals from different fields, such as engineers, translators, administrative staff and the medical team.
Kelvin, from DBS, said the event made him realise that, “Humanitarian service is not just limited to helping countries or regions affected by natural disasters or conflicts. There are more basic health conditions such as cataracts, that have a massive impact on the quality of life of individuals in resource-deficit countries. Working on these could really transform their lives.”
Khan, a student of Yan Chai Hospital Lan Chi Pat Memorial Secondary School said, “I really enjoyed the virtual interaction with the staff in Djibouti as it offered real insights on how operation on the field is like.”
Danial from HKTA The Yuen Yuen Institute No. 3 Secondary School, found the Cataract Blindness Elimination Project “very inspirational”.
In support of the staff and medical team in Djibouti, Hadden from SPCC wanted to express his appreciation of what they are doing and asked them to “keep fighting”.
Licca, from DGS, would like to thank the team in Djibouti for “bringing light to visually-impaired patients”, expressing her heartfelt support for their works.
As a non-profit charitable Chinese organization established in Hong Kong, the GX Foundation has kickstarted on their Cataract Blindness Elimination Projects in Laos and Cambodia in September and December of 2022 respectively, amidst the global pandemic of COVID-19. Team members of the GX has also recently set off to Djibouti, to kickstart their Cataract Blindness Elimination Project in the country, aiming to provide transformative and impactful cataract surgeries for 6000 local patients. The project launch ceremony of the Cataract Blindness Elimination Project in Djibouti will be held on the 27th February 2023.
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