At ESF Sports and Language & Learning, we recognize the importance of integrating high standards of corporate social responsibilities to our values so as to foster the well-being of our staff, community and environment. Since 1994, we have been continually initiated and supported a wide range of CSR activities related to charity, environment, and education schemes to meet the needs of our community and help make a difference to it.
|We believe swimming is more than a sport: it’s a life skill. To that end, our qualified and experienced swimming coaches taught free swimming lessons run by Splash Foundation. Splash Foundation, a charitable organization that provides swimming lessons to people who do not have access to affordable swimming lessons and have had no previous swimming exposure. Students from Sprouts Foundation learnt basic water safety and swimming skills in Splash’s Kids Programme.|
In 2014, ESF Language & Learning worked in collaboration with a charity called Vision First. Vision First supports refugees in Hong Kong through providing a range of different services, from offering assistance with food and shelter to vocational training. We supported the charity by running a short summer programme for the children of refugees. Attendance was free and was staffed by a team of volunteer teachers. Classes ran between 21st July to 2 August 2014, 10:00-1300 each day. Kindergarten, primary and secondary language programmes were delivered which included art, drama and science - students ranged between 3 to 15 years of age.
We have partnered with Splash Foundation Limited to provide swimming equipment where the economically disadvantaged students could experience the advanced swimming skills. Splash Foundation Limited is Hong Kong’s only charitable organization that uses swimming to empower and connect under-resourced communities. They created on the premise that there should be no socio-economic barriers in learning how to swim. They deliver swimming programmes by volunteer swimming coach to low income communities and Hong Kong’s domestic helpers. We aim to share our love and provide support for the less privileged by offering a special rate for them to use SIS’s swimming pool once per week.
We have always been at the forefront of showing concern to the underprivileged of society. In October 2018, we donated hundreds of books and toys to charities like Charity Cambodia and schools in the Philippines as well as Hong Kong Young Life, a youth charity in Hong Kong which also supports young single mothers and their children.
Anna Adasiewicz, our Head of Operations and Business Development, was in Sri Lanka and donated many of our books to the Denipitiya Primary School in Weligama. The students and teachers were happy and delighted at this gesture! We hope the beneficiaries will enjoy the books as reading unlocks the future.
Crossroads Foundation is a Hong Kong based, non-profit organization serving global need. Their humanitarian aid is targeted towards entrenched poverty. They redistribute quality goods donated by the Hong Kong community to NGOs, in over 95 countries, who have applied to them with details of their needs and development plans. To provide help to individuals and families living in vulnerable circumstances, we donated sports kits like shirts, jerseys, hoodies, shorts, socks, shoes, footballs, sport gears and more to Crossroads Foundation in the past few years.
Everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Love 21 Foundation is a charity dedicated to bettering the lives of those living with Down syndrome and autism in Hong Kong through physical activity and nutrition. They provide a variety of sports and exercise classes for them. We joined hands with Love 21 Foundation by offering the free use of KGV’s multi-sports pitch and basketball court once per week. Participants have continued to improve their basketball/football skills, teamwork and communication.
In 2012, we took part in the Charity Football Tournament at King George V School organised by Christian Action by offering a special rate of renting football pitch.
The aim of this tournament is to raise funds for programmes that empower refugees and the underprivileged population in Hong Kong. Christian Action was established in 1985 as a Hong Kong registered charitable organization. They serve those who are disadvantaged, marginalized, displaced or abandoned. They provide service to ethnic minorities, migrant domestic workers, new arrivals, refugees, youth development and other support services.
In March 2015, we organised a toy and book collection across our venues. The collected items were then shipped to Sri Lanka to the Isabella Peatfield Foundation. The charity was set up in the memory of 5-year-old Isabella who lost her life in the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, to help support Sri Lankan orphans and underprivileged children across the region.
|Books were donated by staff and students in November 2014. They were delivered to Cambodian orphans and underprivileged children in collaboration with Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF). ISF is a Cambodian charity with over 13 years of experience using education and sport to change lives. The children were delighted with the generous donations.|
Working alongside Vision First, ESF Language & Learning ran a community drive at various locations. Donations included clothes for children, women and men; food – cans and dried goods; kitchen equipment – kettles, rice cookers, cups, plates. Families attending our Language classes donated to this worthy cause, the collection of which took place on Saturday 29th March, 2014