THE VARIETY PROGRAM FRAMEWORK
Variety international has established three core programs which provide the framework for Variety's activities around the world. Within this framework, the local chapter of Variety has established programs that are specific to the needs of children in Hong Kong
Variety’s Care Program
medical equipment and services, healthcare and wellbeing to individual children and children’s organizations, such as children’s hospitals and wards.
Variety’s Freedom Program
equipment and services for mobility, independence and social inclusion to individual children and children’s organizations.
Variety’s Future Program
communication equipment and services, education and self-esteem to individual children and children’s organizations.
OUR PROGRAMS IN HONG KONG
Variety Butterfly Program
Variety’s Butterfly Program was established in 2016 to provide early assessment and interim treatment of children and adolescents with mental health problems from financially disadvantaged families who do not have the means to seek medical or psychiatric services outside the public health system.
Children suspected to suffer from mental health problems currently have to wait more than a year for clinical assessment in the Government’s public clinics in Hong Kong. If they are diagnosed with autism, attention deficit disorder or other mental health conditions, they have to wait for another 14-15 months on average for treatment at Hong Kong’s public clinics and, in many cases, the waiting time for public psychiatric outpatient services can be as long as three years. Those years can be critical, and treatment often comes too late.
Variety has recruited a network of psychiatrists to provide early assessment and treatment to qualifying children and adolescents who are awaiting admission for public outpatient treatment services. We also work with other charities to provide counseling and coping skills for families and carers, and we are undertaking an outreach program with schools and community health organizations in an effort to de-stigmatize mental health issues.
To download the Variety Butterfly application form, please click here.
Art in the Children’s Ward
Variety has been working with the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong and another Hong Kong charity, FarGo Foundation, which assists at risk youth by engaging them in street art projects, on a project to brighten up the walls of children’s psychiatric wards in selected public hospitals in Hong Kong with art painted by artists in the FarGo program and in the Variety Butterfly Program.
Variety believes that we need to be able to assess the impact of our programs and services, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
It is not just a question of numbers and we cannot change the world overnight. Variety believes that every child matters. We are aiming to move the needle, one child at a time.
My seven year-old son was diagnosed to have ADHD but we would have to wait
more than two years to see a public psychiatrist. Our family couldn't afford private treatment so I felt quite helpless. We did not know where to find help or what we should do. The Variety Butterfly program has been a great help to our family.”