At RUN, we’re all about impact and improving people’s lives for the better. With this in mind, we have some clear outcomes that we measure, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, where possible.

Improved mental and physical health of a vulnerable group of refugees, through the creation of a safe and dedicated environment

(Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being)

After participating in our programmes:

• 79% report being calm, peaceful and happy after hiking/fitness
• 76% feel more hopeful after hiking/fitness
• 76% report much improved nutrition
• 73% of refugee participants report much better to noticeably improved personal health
• 73% confirm noticeably improved energy levels
• 70 % report noticeably improved self-esteem
• 64% report being less isolated and socialising more than before
• 59% report noticeably less pain (headaches, backaches, general pain)
• 50% report much better quality of sleep
• 38% of those taking sleeping pills report a reduction of intake

Gender Equal Access to healing for vulnerable refugees through sport

(Sustainable Development Goal 5 – Gender Equality)

67% of the adult participants in RUN’s programmes are women.
RUN is the only NGO in Hong Kong that provides regular sports activities for women refugees. We have a special focus on women as female refugees often find it harder to access sport than male due to barriers such as religion, cultural values, past experience of sexual violence, cost of transportation and duties associated with childcare. With this in mind, we provide support services (childcare, a babysitting stipend) to the female participants to enable them to exercise.

Restore independence and dignity through education and training to prepare for re-entry into the workforce

(Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education)

We provide opportunities for participants to continue their professional development so they can improve their chances of securing stable employment, being resettled, and ultimately building a better future for themselves and their families. In 2018:

• 22 participants earned 44 online certificates in subjects such as English, IT, accounting, law, and business
• 6 participants graduated as caregivers in Hong Kong and are studying to receive US certification
• 3 participants are developing their skills in woodwork, laser cutting, and metal work through a Creative Technologists programme
• 4 participants were able to obtain exceptional authorisation to work from the Hong Kong government

Promotion of awareness and understanding amongst the local community towards refugees’ living circumstances

Awareness & understanding

• Volunteers from the Hong Kong community ran alongside refugees during track training sessions once a week during 45 weeks
• Refugees competed in 15 races and volunteered in 12 races in Hong Kong
• We hosted 4 corporate teams at our very first Great Refugee Challenge – a challenge organised by refugees in benefit of refugees
• RUN’s leadership team gave 7 awareness and fundraising talks to corporates in Hong Kong and organised 4 Corporate Social Responsibility events
• We partnered with RaceBase again for our second annual RUN Charity Race on 10th November 2018 at Tai Tam, which saw nearly 300 participants including 25 refugee adults and 20 refugee children

Strengthen international support for refugees and the countries who host them

UN Global Compact on Refugees

On 17th December 2018, the UN General Assembly presented a plan to strengthen international support for refugees and the countries who host them. This plan, which is known as the Global Compact on Refugees, was affirmed by all 193 Member States of the United Nations. RUN directly supports three of the key objectives as outlined in the Compact to:

• Ease pressure on host countries
• Enhance refugee self-reliance
• Expand access to third-country solutions