A Council for World Mission (CWM) delegation recently visited the CWM/Nethersole Fund and the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Hong Kong.
In 1994, owing to the relocation of Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital (AHNH) from Hong Kong West to Taipo in New Territories, the land at Bonham Road was sold. The land, which was registered under the name of former London Missionary Society (LMS, now known as CWM), had been occupied by the Hospital for over a century.
Both CWM and the Hospital decided to use part of the proceeds from the sale of the land to establish the CWM/Nethersole Fund in Hong Kong on 19 September 1997 to support the development of projects and services in need in both Hong Kong and mainland China in the following four main areas: evangelism, medical and health, education, and social welfare.
Over the past years, the Fund has supported around 80 projects each year and has supported more than 180 organisations and churches and more than 1,700 projects.
“The Fund is not a direct service provider, instead we walk hand in hand with NGOs and the churches initiatives rolled out by partner organizations and the churches are benefiting the community” said Mr. Chow Kun Chee Roland, Fund Chairperson.
Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum, General Secretary of CWM, replied, “You are managing the CWM/Nethersole Fund in an excellent way, we are also trying our best to give life to suffering people”.
AHNH was the first hospital in Hong Kong to provide Western medical treatment for the local Chinese population since its founding by the London Missionary Society (LMS) in 1887. It also became the first hospital in Hong Kong to provide training for nurses in 1893.
Having relocated from Hong Kong Island to Tai Po in 1997, it is now a district acute hospital and a member hospital of the New Territories East Cluster of the Hospital Authority. Among its notable service highlights are its joint replacement centre, pain management centre, day surgery, and community outreach. Serving as a “hospital without walls”, its community outreach services team facilitates patient rehabilitation in a familiar living environment.
Significantly, it bolsters community health and disease prevention efforts, promoting collaborations between the hospital and stakeholders, working on community collaboration projects and strengthening volunteer recruitment efforts. It also established the Community Relations Committee to further expand the health promotion network in 2017.
The extensive specialist, allied health and emergency services AHNH renders to the community is testament to its commitment to provide holistic care and its vision to serve patients and the community with the love of Christ to fulfill the healing mission of the Christian church, bringing life to mankind in its fullness.