Inspired by great names, helped by good friends, and grateful for so much kindness.
We are so deeply grateful to the many generous individuals and organisations who, from the very start, have supported OneSky to bring love and nurturing care to the most vulnerable children and families of Hong Kong.
Alongside her was OneSky Board Member Stella Lee.
The meeting was a milestone and, about a year later, carrying the name of Stella’s father, the P. C. Lee OneSky Global Centre for Early Childhood Development opened in Sham Shui Po, one of Hong Kong’s poorest neighbourhoods.
The late P. C. Lee was born in Changsha, Hunan and was the oldest of six children. He left school at the age of 11 but never stopped learning, going on to enjoy a remarkable career in banking and shipping in Hong Kong.
Through their commitment to the OneSky Global Centre, Stella and her family support their father’s legacy and OneSky’s vision to provide access to loving, nurturing care and quality early education for the children of Hong Kong.
An important part of the centre is The D. H. Chen Foundation Training Hub. This is funded by the D.H Chen Foundation which continues the philanthropic work of Dr. Din Hwa Chen a distinguished entrepreneur who espoused ‘caring for others as you care for yourself’ as his lifelong philosophy. The Training Hub provides professional and parent training to increase the capacity and quality of early childhood education in Hong Kong.
The D. H. Chen Foundation joins the Sohmen Family Foundation and Avery Dennison Foundation in offering support to the children and caregivers we serve.
Elsewhere, the desire to reach Hong Kong’s most vulnerable young children has also inspired strong corporate support.
Our friends at Generali told us that OneSky’s desire to help families meant we were the perfect match for The Human Safety Net, their global philanthropic platform. Essential support has also come from the Hong Kong branch of Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd, Barclays Capital Asia Ltd and Baring Private Equity Asia.
Baring’s support for OneSky goes back over 15 years. Jean Salata, Chief Executive and Founding Partner was a patron of the center’s Capital Campaign, which raised the funds to open the Centre in May last year.
We asked him why he was now so passionate about supporting OneSky.
“It is easy for people to forget that while Hong Kong is a city with significant resources, there still are many children and families with unserved needs,” he told us. “The Hong Kong center is a tremendous step to help meet those needs and be a pillar of the community.”
He added: “Our philanthropy program has a specific focus on underprivileged children, particularly in the areas where we work and live. It has been so meaningful to us to support OneSky all these years and watch it grow and evolve and greatly improve the lives of children.”
OneSky also recognises the contribution of so many individuals and incredible friends who have helped fund specific parts of the centre or provided general funding. We thank you all.
If you would like to talk to OneSky about how you or your organisation can support OneSky in Hong Kong, please get in touch witg Jackaline Chow, Associate Director of Development.