One of the most crucial roles non-governmental organizations can play in society is to advocate and promote policies and ideas. Amity Outlook No.10 gives examples of the various ways Amity promotes the spirit of philanthropy and actively puts new ideas into practice.
The first ‘Deborah Retreat’ was held from March 24th to 28th, 2015 in beautiful Hengjian, Liyang. Forty women pastors from different parts of Jiangsu were invited to a recreational camp. The camp is an initiative to strengthen the resilience and capacities of Chinese female pastors and to lay a solid foundation for Chinese ministry.
On March 21st, the International Down Syndrome Day, the Amity Foundation along with the Bank of China Jiangsu hosted a charity bazaar in Nanjing. Amity is jointly organizing charity bazaars with corporations to support vulnerable groups in China, to advocate for the spirit of social development and to encourage Chinese companies to get involved.
On 14th March 2015 Denise Mountain had the opportunity to attend the Amity Foundation's 5th annual Walk for Living Water, held at the SKH Tsang Shiu Tim (TST) Secondary School in Hong Kong. Read her experience report 'A walk as good on the heart as the legs'.
In order to promote the cooperation and exchange between relevant institutions, the Amity Foundation convened an informal discussion on AIDS/HIV after the review of the 'PLWH society-friendly enviroment development project'. From Feb 9th to Feb 10th Amity invited experts to host relevant lectures.