GENUS is a social Initiative, inspired by Reading Kingdom, for children in the age group of about 4 to 10 years-old to learn English. GENUS uses a ground-breaking and patented interactive online English learning program, ReadingKingdom-Asia, for children to enjoy learning English in the most effective and efficient way.
With contributions/ sponsorships by both individuals and corporate companies to GENUS, we will then go through NGOs, Schools, Churches, etc. to identify the children in needs to be the beneficiaries. We believe that with a working proficiency of English will enable these children to have a better chance for employment and to further upgrade themselves. It’s about teaching them ‘how to fish’ and not just ‘giving them the fish’.
‘GENUS’ means “child” in Latin and we would like to encourage individuals, corporations, educators and parents to be part of the “i” that transforms GENUS to GENIUS. We believe every child is a GENIUS and no child should be left behind!
The Founders. Why are they doing this?
Probably the most significant similarity for both is their love for reading since they were little kids! Both Ivan and Sam did not come from English speaking family environment back then. On hindsight, reading improved their language skills and general knowledge. A good grasped of the English language also led to better understanding of other subjects in school and communications in general.
Ivan and Sam share some common grounds despite the ten years difference in their age. Ivan never misses an opportunity to remind Sam about this, of course in the presence of others. Now for the common grounds; both are alumni of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), living in Hong Kong and working in the Human Resources Industry.
Ivan is an organizational psychologist and advises mostly MNCs clients on talent management with his expertise on personality profiling, whereas Sam has a business in executive search. Ivan & Sam are also business partners – two of the three co-founders of Nanyang Angelz as they are keen in the start-up scene in the regions. Fast forward to 2016. When Ivan met Dr. Marion BLANK in Alabama USA – (Dr. BLANK is the creator of Reading Kingdom – an English reading/learning method that she has researched on for almost 40 years), – he immediately saw its potential not only as a commercial product but also as a ‘social tool.’ It didn’t take Ivan & Sam too long before they came up with GENUS, a social initiative to enable the less privileged children in the society learn English. As in the maxim – “teaching them how to fish and not giving them the fish!” Ivan and Sam are still learning to serve the community.
The Pro Bono Team
Mr. CF Wong
CF is a CFO with an Multi National Corporation. He is an alumni of NTU and HKUST-Kellog. CF is also a volunteer scout master.
Mr. Anthony Chow
Anthony is the Managing Partner of an International Law Firm.
Ms. Cindy Wong
Cindy is a Financial Consultant in a leading insurance & financial services group. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the banking & financial industry and is passionate about contributing to the community through volunteering particularly in translation and sourcing.
|Sponsor & Beneficiary Organization||Number of Children (Beneficiaries)
|Hong Kong Resort, Hong Kong – Outlying Islands Women’s Association (OIWA)||15|
|TCM PlusHanoi, Vietnam – Green Orphanage||16|
|Individuals via Crowd Funding Outlying Islands – Hong Kong||100|
|MetLife Hong Kong, Hong Kong – OWIA||10|
|Teleos GlobalShillong, India – Celebrate Life Center||10|
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