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:
• 100% report feel physically and mentally stronger
• 87% report better levels of energy
• 85% report improved mood
• 83% report higher confidence
• 89% report higher self-esteem
• 85% report improved sleep
• 70% go to the hospital less
• 81% of those using medication (painkillers, antidepressants, sleeping aids) report a reduction of their usage
• 72% say that they are much better able to socialise and make friends

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 2019:

  • 32 participants improved their English from beginner levels through IELTS preparation and computer skills learning G Suite through our weekly in-person classes;
  • 22 participants studied online, earning a total of 30 certificates in subjects such as law, business, healthcare, and engineering;
  • 8 participants graduated from a 6-month caregiving course;
  • 9 participants completed an Arduino course in basic electronics;
  • 4 participants studied coding with our partner Refugeek;
  • 8 participants graduated from MakerBay’s creative technologist programme;
  • 2 participants graduated from the Rooftop Republic urban farming academy;
  • 1 participant is now studying at the Hong Kong Adventist University.
Promotion of awareness and understanding amongst the local community towards refugees’ living circumstances

Awareness & understanding

In 2019:

  • Our team gave talks and presentations to 4 schools and 5 companies. Additionally, 5 companies deepened their relationship with RUN by joining us at our track training sessions, hikes, and a soccer tournament.
  • We hosted 7 teams from HSBC in a refugee-led Great Refugee Challenge designed to educate participants on the situation facing refugees in Hong Kong in a fun and engaging way.
  • We worked with our participants to document recipes from their countries of origin, resulting in the RUN Cookbook, a collection of stories and recipes from refugees in Hong Kong. Through the shared language of food, the Cookbook educates readers about the refugee experience.
  • Our co-founders attended the UNHCR’s Annual Consultations with NGOs in Geneva to give Hong Kong refugees a global voice.
  • In collaboration with Branches of Hope and Centre for Refugees, we hosted an education forum, offering information about access to education in Hong Kong to over 80 refugees.
  • We continued to work closely with local and regional partners to advance the rights of refugees and asylum seekers through our membership in the Refugee Concern Network (Hong Kong) and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).
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