Underprivileged Families and Children in Hong Kong
Although Hong Kong is a wealthy and prosperous city, 1.4 million people live in poverty. In other words, for every five persons in Hong Kong, one lives below the poverty line (Source: 2018 Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report published by the Census and Statistics Department). Additionally, Hong Kong is one of the cities with the highest cost of living in the world, bringing challenges and obstacles to the daily lives of many grassroots families and their children, adding pressure and causing distress to their body and mind.
- 2 Service Centres (Mong Kok and Sheung Shui) and Choi Wan headquarters
- Food Programme and Blessing Meal Programme
- After-school Child Care and Interest Classes
- Consultation and Counselling
- Mutual Help Women’s Group
- Recreational, Community and Volunteer Activities
- New Arrivals Induction Classes
- Provide free food assistance and reduce the daily cost of food for low-income families to meet their immediate and basic needs.
- Introduced “Blessing Meal Programme”, held every Monday to Friday to elderly living alone, people with disabilities, single-parent and low-income families, etc., handing out around 100 free hot meals per day.
- Run after-school childcare and interest classes to support students’ comprehensive development. The After-school Child Care Services also look after students with Special Educational Needs (SEN).
- Set up women’s mutual support groups to help women establish and expand their social network.
- Organise induction courses and personal development programmes for immigrant students to help them as they adapt to Hong Kong and the local education system, strengthen their learning ability and expand their social networks.
- Help new arrivals understand medical information and community resources so they can ask for assistance when necessary.
- Organise various visits, community and volunteer activities to facilitate exchange and understanding between the new arrivals community. Meanwhile, we organise outdoor and recreational activities to help lessen their psychological and emotional stress, and allow the healthy development of mind and soul.
Accept the marginalised, socially vulnerable groups, and build a community
that helps and loves each other.
The Blessing Story
“New immigrants are not necessarily traders or visitors whose bags roll across your feet. Some of them are nice and hardworking.”
– Ah Yue (Fish)