BNP Paribas has been supporting Project WeCan, a business-in-community initiative organised by the Wharf Group, since 2014. BNP Paribas helps Man Kiu College to acquire the necessary facilities and services for its self-development and learning programmes. BNP Paribas’ staff is also encouraged to take their CSR leave to participate in a series of volunteer and exchange programmes with the school.
Since 2011, Project WeCan was established as an open platform for business sponsors to work closely with schools through financial commitment and/or volunteering support for the benefit of their students who lack support and resources. This programme aims to empower the students with opportunities and programmes that will nurture their confidence, as well as to inspire them to pursue higher education and develop a fulfilling career in the future. By September 2014, the number of schools being supported has increased three folds, from 14 to 44.
Artists-in-Residence is a multi-disciplinary arts education programme which aims at enhancing the appreciation of performing arts among secondary school students in Hong Kong. Supported by BNP Paribas and the BNP Paribas Foundation, and organised by HK Arts Festival, the Project brings top professional artists into secondary schools and develops students’ creativity through interactive arts training.
Birmingham Royal Ballet (UK), Compagnie 111 (France) Compagnie La Baraka (France), Scottish Ballet (UK), The Paper Cinema (UK) and Alessandro Sciarroni (Italy) were the previous residence artists of the project. Michelle Dorrance and her creative team from USA is the residence artist of the 2017 project, and more info can be found on the project’s Facebook page.
Artists-in-Residence is part of the Dream Up programme, a global education project managed by the BNP Paribas Foundation. This corporate philanthropy programme encourages the integration of socially excluded young people through arts practice. It is currently running in 26 countries on 5 continents and benefiting 30,000 children and young people each year.
Make a Change!
BNP Paribas launched a new volunteering initiative, “Make a Change!”, across the Asia Pacific region in 2015. It is a programme designed to encourage its staff to give back to the local communities where they live and work through a variety of volunteer activities.
In Hong Kong, the first wave of the programme took place in June 2015. Staff, families and friends have participated in solidarity and environmental activities. They have delivered nearly 450 hours of services to more than 250 beneficiaries including the homeless, disabled persons, kids from low income families, deprived students with suspected dyslexia and other people in need. They have also restored the beauty of a remote beach in Lantau Island and collected over 300kg of garbage.