WIMLER Foundation Hong Kong Ltd. was officially registered in 2011 as a non-profit and charitable organization which primary objective is to support the capacity building and empowerment of migrant communities regardless of nationalities and to promote cultural diversity in Hong Kong based on mutual respect, solidarity, and shared empowerment among peoples.
We achieve this by enhancing and harnessing the capacities of migrants and their organizations to become more active transnational citizens through conduct of gender-sensitive capacity building program in collaboration with like-minded individuals and organizations. We also promote access to education for all and support programs that contribute to the integrated promotion of sustainable livelihoods of poor communities.
WIMLER HK was established through the initiative of Leila Rispens-Noel together with Emilie Veringa-Tobias and Victor Neri as co-founders. Leila who has lived for 29 years in the Netherlands before relocating to Hong Kong in 2009, founded WIMLER Philippines in 2006 as her way of “giving back” to her country of origin where she already assisted hundreds of children through her philanthropic work. She is also actively involved in migration and development-related activities.
At present, the directors and team of WIMLER HK is composed of individuals of various nationalities and fields of expertise.
"People can change their own lives, provided they have the right kind of institutional support. They're not asking for charity, charity is no solution to poverty. Poverty is the creation of opportunities like everybody else has, not the poor people, so bring them to the poor people, so that they can change their lives."- Muhammad Yunus (Source: FORTUNE Interview)