Testimonies

 

Sharing of our Volunteer, Anson Lee

 

Feb 8 2018 looked like an ordinary date but the two-hour outreach visit made it an unforgettable one.

After school, we followed our teacher to Western District to experience the unveiled mask of this colorful city.

 

I think that you would be familiar with the words of wood partitioned room. It means that a Chinese private residential flat that accommodates a lot of residents. Usually these residents have an untold story.

 

Walking on the pedestrian, there were glittering buildings for the rich on the left and there were shabby buildings for the poor on the right. Walking upstairs, we could see a narrow corridor with dim lights. There were a lot of bags of rubbish placing aside and the two sides were closed doors.

 

I remember that my first outreach target was a middle aged mom. She told us that her daughter was in high school and facing her final examination. She tried her best to spend the savings on the tutorial fee and hoped that her daughter could use her knowledge to change her future. Then her daughter could grow up and earn more money to improve their living condition. In her eyes, I could feel her despair despite of her smile.

 

  As an ordinary student, I can do nothing for her. I only hope that her daughter is tough enough to continue to prepare for her examination but not let the fate determine her future. Such belief can help her breakthrough her limitations which will lead her to the path towards a bright future.

 

King George V School (The article was written in Chinese)

 

   

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Sharing of our Volunteer, John Lam

 

The St Barnabas’ society and home dedicates itself to helping the poor and unfortunate who call the centre their home, through providing support for them and distributing meals. A group of students and I decided to help out with their weekly visits to the people living in wooden partition homes, and build our CAS project around this experience. What started as a hurdle we had cross for our diplomas soon became an experience many of us will never forget.

 

Many of us had simply never realised the state of Hong Kong’s poverty issue. Of course, a lot of us had heard of the infamous cage homes and the over population in our city, but we had never seen these issues up close and personal. Our first visit began with one of the residents of a partitioned home leaving the complex, and upon seeing us, remarked “Kids shouldn’t be here, they do cocaine up there!” Nonetheless, we continued on and met many people from all walks of life that had ended up here in this crowed flat, with up to 20 people sharing a single bathroom. I remember a conversation I had with a senior gentlemen, who used to teach before the Handover in 1997. I remember feeling such pity for him, a man who was as well-read as he to be in a situation such as this. Despite the conditions he lived in, he greeted us with a warm smile, and happily talked with us about our ambitions for the future.

 

Many people who live in these partitioned homes are not here just because of their economic situation. They are usually accompanied with other problems such as drugs or uncompromised family relations. Visits that the St Barnabas’ Society and Home provides allows students such as us to open our eyes to the real world and see how many people are swept over by the unforgiving torrent of society.

 

King George V School (The article was written in English)

 

 

  

 

       

    

(Note: the views expressed are only those of the above writers and speakers, and not our views.)