Grassroots Future is a registered charity in Hong Kong which came out of a desire to help refugee-led initiatives and grassroots organizations working with refugees build capacity. Our journey to setting up Grassroots Future started with Table of Two Cities, a grassroots storytelling initiative to showcase refugee narratives through the medium of food.
We have held community events around Hong Kong over several years, bringing two sides of the city across one table - united by food, the greatest social equalizer. Table of Two Cities started in 2016 and is an ongoing initiative within Grassroots Future to this day.
Grassroots Future represents the expansion of this original idea into a holistic organization. We believe in using collective action at the local level to effect change and engage refugee-led initiatives to drive forward and innovate solutions together.
We believe in holding space for refugee initiatives because there are undiscovered talents within the community which need a platform and support to succeed. We hope to incubate these ideas to scale and become sustainable. We also believe in using the power of art and culture to provide safe spaces for survivors of trauma. Grassroots Future focusses and develops programming around four key areas:
- Education: Supporting the needs of young people and adults through privately funded vocational training, mentorship, workshops and general skills training to improve capacity and self sufficiency.
- Community outreach: Community outreach and cultural events, which are curated by the refugee community, to engage different groups within society.
- Well-being: Provide safe spaces for healing and mental well-being through the arts and recreational activities.
- Investing in the future: Supporting the educational expenses of children through our initiatives and event programming.
Through Table of Two Cities, a food and culture initiative, we have been organising food and culture events since 2016. Through participating in our events, you can support the refugee community while learning something new.
- Crafts workshops
- Cooking demonstrations / workshops
- Food / culture sharing
- Concerts / Shows
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Who are the people behind Grassroots Future?
Grassroots Future is composed of volunteers, grassroots organisers and community leaders that collaborate together. However, the cohesiveness of this collaboration was crafted and maintained by the founder of Grassroots Future, Tegan Smyth.
Tegan is a legally-trained Compliance professional with 6+ years of experience in private practice and global financial institutions in sanctions, AML/KYC, and project management. Her interest in refugee issues stems from her days training as a lawyer, which involved working for a community legal centre in Australia that focussed on providing civil law advice to refugees and new migrants.
As the Founder and CEO of Grassroots Future, she is involved in donation drives for refugee and asylum seeker communities, as well developing well-being, education and outreach initiatives to bridge gaps across communities.
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