“𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑚𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑚𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑜𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑐 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑖𝑛 𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑛𝑖𝑐 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑢𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠… 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑎𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑟𝑜𝑜𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑟 𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑒𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑢𝑎𝑔𝑒.”
► “𝐼𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑡𝑦, 𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑢𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑘𝑒𝑦 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑜𝑟. 𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑒𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑎𝑏𝑟𝑖𝑐 𝑜𝑟 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑜𝑤 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑢𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑡𝑦.”
► “𝐼𝑛 𝐶𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑑 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠, 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑛𝑢𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑢𝑝. 𝑅𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑜𝑛 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑒 𝑑𝑖𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑝 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔. 𝑊𝑒 𝑘𝑒𝑝𝑡 𝑏𝑎𝑟𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑏𝑦 𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑖𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑎 𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑢𝑚𝑚𝑒𝑟 ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑖𝑑𝑎𝑦.”
► “𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑑𝑖𝑔𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑦. 𝑊𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑔𝑒 𝑎 𝑛𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑓𝑒𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑜𝑤𝑠 𝑢𝑠 𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑚𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓-𝑠𝑢𝑓𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑘𝑠 𝑤𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑑𝑜𝑛𝑜𝑟𝑠 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛. 𝐹𝑜𝑟 𝑒𝑥𝑎𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒, 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑝𝑎𝑦 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑡𝑢𝑡𝑜𝑟 𝑒𝑡𝑐.”
► “𝐿𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑎𝑠 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑛𝑖𝑐 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑖𝑠 𝑓𝑢𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝐻𝐾 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑖𝑡 𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑜𝑤𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑡𝑜 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑛𝑟𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑛𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐶ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑒 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑚𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡 𝑜𝑓 ℎ𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑒𝑥𝑎𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝐼𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑎𝑛 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒. 𝑂𝑓 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑝𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑏𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑚𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑖𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑑𝑖𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑝𝑜𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑚𝑎𝑧𝑖𝑛𝑔.”
► “𝐴𝑠 𝑎 𝐻𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝐾𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟, 𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑜 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑙𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑡𝑤𝑜 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠.”
► “𝐿𝑜𝑔𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑒 [𝐻𝐾] 𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑓𝑒𝑐𝑡. 𝑆𝑎𝑓𝑒𝑡𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑠𝑒, 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑜𝑝. 𝐸𝑓𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑐𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑠𝑒, 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡. 𝑇ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑑𝑜𝑛𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒. 𝐵𝑖𝑜𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑙 𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑚𝑎𝑧𝑖𝑛𝑔.”
Manoj Dhar is a social entrepreneur based in Hong Kong. In 2015, he, along with his wife, co-founded Integrated Brilliant Education Limited (IBEL), which provides academic inputs with special emphasis on Chinese Language Learning for non-Chinese speaking children in Hong Kong. The charity, consisting of two education centers in HK, runs after-school classes for 200-plus students.
Manoj started his career in India in Banking which brought him to HK. While in HK, he got drawn to the cause of ethnic minority kids from underprivileged and financially disadvantaged families. These kids were deprived of necessary educational support needed for them to succeed in HK local schooling system which would empower them in future to get good jobs.
In his spare time, Manoj volunteers in the capacity of a Manager and Tournament Director for Hong Kong Rugby Union where he spends lot of time encouraging and developing Girl’s Rugby.