Ever since July 2012 when EWB-HK reshaped its missions, we invariably set out our work in line with the new missions, which are repeated here:
- To accelerate betterment in life of disadvantaged communities and promote sustainable development through the empowerment of engineering means.
- To enhance the capacity of Hong Kong's professionals and the generations to come contributing to the communities in need.
- To pursue ways in bettering the life of disadvantaged communities by empowering them with engineering solutions on a non-profit making basis
- To work partnership with developing communities both within and outside Hong Kong, assisting them to gain access to the knowledge, resources and appropriate technologies they need to improve their livelihood from poverty and after natural disaster
- To pursue the promotion of sustainable development in daily life of any communities in need through the empowerment of engineering means;
- To provide engineering and technical supports to charitable and non-governmental organizations with similar objectives; and
- To build the capacity and increase the level of preparedness of Hong Kong professionals and their generations to come;
EWB-HK is a volunteer-based organization and supported by Members and Volunteers from engineering and non-engineering backgrounds. It is an independent, non-governmental (NGO), non-profit making (NPO), non-political and non-religious organization. EWB-HK is now a member organization of EWB-International.
This is the organization chart:
The Board of Directors is the highest decision-making body of EWB-HK. The daily operation of this organization, as well as the planning, management, execution and evaluation of our activities and projects, are responsible by our Committees. We aim to enhance the quality of organizational management and safety management, as well as to strengthen the capacity of our volunteers through closer communication amongst our volunteers and pro bono staff of the Board of Directors and Committees. In the coming year, we are intending to strengthen the capability of corporate governance, so as to improve the quality of services and collaboration with our stakeholders.
2017-19 Board of Directors (Volunteer basis)
Immediate Past Chairman
Lee Siu Hoi
2016-17 Board of Directors (Volunteer basis)
Lee Siu Hoi
Apart from the Members and Board, EWB-HK consists of and supported by working Committees. The Committees are made up of Members and Volunteers. It is a requirement that office bearers of Committees should be Members.
Hong Kong Projects Committee Chairman
Overseas Projects Committee
Prof. LEE Chack-fan, GBS, JP
Vice Chairman, Chu Hai College of Higher Education
Chair Professor (Geotechnical Engineering), Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong
Former Vice-President, The University of Hong Kong
Former Director, HKU SPACE
Prof. Stephen S.Y. Lau
Professor, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore
Former Associate Dean, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong
Ms Doris K.H. Wong & Mr Raymond C.W. Yeung
Hong Kong Playground Association (Volunteer training)
Engineers Without Borders—Hong Kong (EWB-HK) was formed in the wake of the Sichuan earthquakes in May 2008. The appeal to the public gathered over two hundred professionals from the engineering and built environment sectors. From June 2008 to April 2009, EWB-HK sent teams of volunteer professionals to the quake areas 6 times. They assessed building damages, transferred skills on building stronger village houses to withstand earthquake, and carried out planning of village reconstruction with input from residents and local government.
In view of the huge amount of resources pumped into the quake areas by the central government of China, there was no room for EWB-HK to work for the cause it was primarily established for. Volunteers who joined EWB-HK for this same cause started to drift away. Working on some social projects in both Hong Kong and Sichuan with no clear direction did not help much to build up the organization. To inject life to this disintegrating body, the Board, together with Committee Heads in July 2012, reshaped the vision and missions of EWB-HK as they are now.
With the new direction in force, EWB-HK picked up momentum in development. Various Committees were formed to carry out projects that fulfil the new missions.
When it was first founded in 2008, EWB-HK was registered under the Societies Ordinance. In the same year, it was approved as a charitable organization and exempted from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (IRD File No. 91/9757). In 2015, EWB-HK changed its legal entity to a company limited. The new name is Engineers Without Borders (Hong Kong) Limited. Tax exemption was approved in the same year (IRD File No. 91/9757).
EWB-HK aims at bridging pro bono engineers with beneficiaries on both organizational and individual bases. We value the professional uniqueness of our missions in Hong Kong as well as the collective and expanding intentions of our volunteers.
Apart from engineers, we also need volunteers from various professions or with diversified experiences to support the operation of and to develop EWB-HK. To be more specific, we need volunteers to take up project leader and coordinator roles as well as to provide technical backup, administrative support and relevant trainings to our volunteers. So if you are interested in joining us, please do so now.
Although EWB-HK is managed and operated by volunteers, funding is still one of the challenges we are facing. The income from membership fees is meant to pay off administrative costs only, which include employees, insurances, utilities, office and venue rentals, website construction and maintenance, etc.
The level of Membership fees collected fell far short of expenses even when we have no dedicated office and only one part-time employee. Since the current mode of operation burdens a few of the key roles in the organization, we need to break the bottlenecks by employing some staff members. In addition, to look for a set of premises to serve as an office and a place for volunteers to gather is also on the agenda. All these need money.
Meanwhile, our projects in Hong Kong and overseas are currently operated on self-financed basis. However, we also welcome projects in some scale that will substantially improve the living of our target beneficiaries. Such projects， when they come by, may need capital costs.
How to support us?
E-mail address: email@example.com
Telephone no.: (852) 5610 2200
Fax no.: (852) 3743 5737
Postal address: Unit B 13/F Prat Commercial Building, 17-19 Prat Avenue Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong