Project’s objectives and Organization Profile
With an objective to promote local sustainable development and conserve Hakka culture, HKCF, funded by Hong Kong Jockey Club, implements a four-year village house restoration project in Lai Chi Wo and launches “Hakka Life Experience Village@Lai Chi Wo” Project by collaborating with a village-based Social Enterprise HakkaHome-LCW Ltd., to organize a series of guided tour activities, which provide participants with a deeper understanding and all-rounded learning on Hong Kong culture, Hakka Clans and geological ecology.
Hakka Life Experience Village@ Lai Chi Wo
The Project’s specific objectives are:
(a) To develop a base for conserving and promoting Hakka village culture, by restoring and re-building a cluster of selected buildings in Lai Chi Wo Village
(b) To establish a viable social enterprise making wise use of this asset to generate income for maintaining the buildings and provide employment opportunities for the village community
The Hong Kong Countryside Foundation Ltd
The Hong Kong Countryside Foundation Ltd was established in 2011, at the initiative of Sir David Akers-Jones and Mr C Y Leung, to provide a vehicle to enable people keen to conserve the countryside for the long-term benefit of Hong Kong public to come together and work to turn dreams into projects which could be implemented step by step. It is a not-for-profit organization registered formally as a “company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital”.
The Hong Kong Countryside Foundation Ltd is established with the following objectives:：
To secure for the long-term public benefit conservation and restoration of the countryside, habitats, natural landscape and biological diversity of Hong Kong, including their associated natural and cultural heritage (together the “Natural Assets”) by holding and managing such Natural Assets together with associated lands and funds and providing public education in conservation.
To assist the implementation of international standards of protection relevant to the Natural Assets by adopting international principles and conventions.
To promote awareness, education and understanding of the importance of the Natural Assets and their conservation.
To develop and implement methods which provide incentives for such conservation.
To safeguard the Natural Assets of the environment of Hong Kong.
A social enterprise for Lai Chi Wo:
(a) To set up to run a sustainable business with a view to revitalizing the Lai Chi Wo Village, creating job opportunities for the villagers and at the same time, preserving the integrity of the existing Hakka village houses, culture as well as the beautiful rural environment and the high ecological value of the area.
(b) To develop and promote Lai Chi Wo Village as an education hub on sustainable development in Hong Kong by introducing green and sustainable practices in its daily operation, delivering and facilitating a wide variety of cultural and training activities and facilitating the building of eco infrastructure or adoption of green technologies, thus creating a win-win-win situation for the local community, the environment and the Hong Kong society at large.
(c) To be an independent, self-governing, accountable, membership based, charitable and not for profit organization.