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    監製:Tom Chan

    10/08/2021
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    Raising kids in Hong Kong is never easy. Parents face multiple challenges, such as finance, housing, education, child-care, and more. If you are a mother of a young age, things could be even harder.

    There is a local shop which sells second-hand baby and maternity products. It accepts donated toys, as well as maternity merchandise, and then sells them after cleaning and refurbishing. What is so special about the shop is that all of the staff are young moms. Some of the young ladies got pregnant accidentally and hence dropped out of school; while some of them gave up their day jobs in order to take care of their young kids. This second-hand shop allows its staff to bring their kids to work, providing a place where they can work and take care of their kids at the same time.

    Angela was found pregnant unintentionally when she was 17 and therefore forced to drop out of school; she was referred to work at this store by a social worker. As her younger son suffers from chronic disease, Angela has to take care of him 24-hour. Luckily she found this place where she can bring her son to work and take care of him, which also eases her financial pressure.

    Mother of two girls, Bi quitted her day job after giving birth to her elder daughter at 20. She met other young moms in this shop with similar life experiences ; they have become each others' support. The shop has been a shelter for Bi; it does not only provide support financially but also emotionally.

    Under the heavy strike of both social movements and the global pandemic, the retail industry faces unprecedented challenges. The social enterprise funding period for the shop is expiring soon, what would the fate of this little shop be?


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    • Anonymous Angels

      Anonymous Angels

      On an ordinary day after the outbreak of the coronavirus, Hin was using the hand sanitizer provided by the residence, he suddenly thought of the residents in the tenement houses, who cannot enjoy free hand sanitizers. Therefore, he initiated the Hand Sanitizer Sharing Scheme For Tenement Buildings In 18 Districts. He was funded by some charity foundations; and he gathered a group of volunteers. Every weekend, the team visited tenement buildings all over Hong Kong and installed hand sanitizer bottles for free.

      Hin is passionate about voluntary work; he was a volunteer at the Missionary for Charity established by Mother Teresa and the vice-chairperson in a large-scale charity organization. In 2015, he founded the Build & Wish Voluntary Team, a non-religious, non-profit, and non-governmental voluntary organization. Through a variety of projects in these years, they have connected multiple welfare organizations and gathered a group of volunteers. The team has installed hand sanitizer bottles in more than 1,600 tenement houses. They have also connected a group of helpers in the neighbourhood to help refilling hand sanitizers.

      After establishing the voluntary team, Hin met Joe, the founder of Footprint Voluntary Services Association. They have a similar vision and therefore become partners for many charity programs. For instance, debugging and home cleaning for underprivileged residents, furniture recycling and delivery service for the poor, free delivery service, and home refurbishing service, and more. These charity programs were resumed when the situation of coronavirus was slightly calmed.

      Hin works as a structural engineer; while Joe works in an engineering company. When they and the other volunteers served the community, they always emphasized that they were not celebrities, and were not trying to promote themselves through social services. Therefore, they have never used their actual name when it comes to voluntary works - a group of genuine "anonymous angels" they are.

      07/09/2021
    • Way Back Home

      Way Back Home

      The Mak family used to have four family members - Ken, his wife Jeannie, and two mongrels, Didi (elder brother) and Cici (younger sister). Cici went missing a year ago at a dog hotel; Ken and Jeannie were heartbroken. This year, they tried every way they could to search for Cici, hoping to reunite with her soon.

      A year ago on 23 May, Jeannie had to leave home for a business trip abroad. On that day, Cici was mad and did not look at Jeannie. Jeannie always felt guilty when she recalled the scene, which had become her last memory with Cici. She could never imagine that Cici would run off from the dog hotel and this would be their goodbye. Since then, Ken and Jeannie never stopped searching for their beloved Cici; accompanied by ceaseless sorrow and pain. They set up a social media fan page to post announcements about their missing dog and recruit volunteers to help searching. The volunteers they met online had kept them company over the past year. Finding Cici had become their weekend routine. During the course of the search, they met many pitiful dogs and always offered help to them. Jeannie believed that this was the task Cici had for them.

      31/08/2021
    • Close Ties

      Close Ties

      Close ties in neighbourhoods seem to have faded following the rapid development of urbanization. However, in some villages in the New Territories, this kind of close connection between villagers can still be found.

      Pang Ching, who had lived in Kwu Tung for 40 years, maintained a close relationship and network with her neighbors. People in the neighbourhood would visit each other during festivals, and would share their harvests. Pang cared especially about the needs of the elderlies in the community, therefore, she participated in the meal boxes delivery program organized by the Communion Lutheran Elderly Health Centre in Kwu Tung; volunteers would deliver meal boxes to the elderlies' door. Whenever there was an event, Pang would take care of the elderlies as a volunteer. However, the ties between villagers was coming to an end because of the North East New Territories New Development Areas Planning. All the residences in the area have to be demolished, and residents will be allocated to different housing estates.

      Many old villagers have spent their whole lives in the village, the resettlement made them feel insecure and scared. Some elderlies stayed at home all day because they were scared of getting lost. In order to help her former neighbors, Pang joined programs organized by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong Synod. The programs did not only include door-to-door soup delivery, volunteers would also show the elderlies around new communities, so that they can adapt to it soon.

      24/08/2021
    • The Road of Mercy

      The Road of Mercy

      Sunny Mak is a Hongkonger who grew up in Venezuela and studied in Canada. He came back to Hong Kong in the 90s and had been working in commercial organizations till 2008, when he established a charity - Sunshine Action, and devoted himself as a full-time staff.

      Sunny was once a volunteer in Missionaries of Charity in India, which was founded by Mother Teresa. He was impressed by a saying of Mother Teresa - "I see somebody dying, I pick him up. I find somebody hungry, I give him food." Therefore, his organization aims at distributing food and daily necessities to the poor and those in need in society. In these years, Sunshine Action has already donated food and resources, as well as offered services, to more than 360 charity organizations in China, Hong Kong, and other places in the world; more than 200,000 people benefited from them. Sunny has also offered help to different kinds of people living in tough situations, including refugees, homeless people, poor people in remote areas, and so on.

      In 2020, under the threat of Covid-19, Sunny's organization is facing multiple challenges. Despite these, he still insists to distribute food to those in need ceaselessly.

      17/08/2021
    • Growing up overnight

      Growing up overnight

      Raising kids in Hong Kong is never easy. Parents face multiple challenges, such as finance, housing, education, child-care, and more. If you are a mother of a young age, things could be even harder.

      There is a local shop which sells second-hand baby and maternity products. It accepts donated toys, as well as maternity merchandise, and then sells them after cleaning and refurbishing. What is so special about the shop is that all of the staff are young moms. Some of the young ladies got pregnant accidentally and hence dropped out of school; while some of them gave up their day jobs in order to take care of their young kids. This second-hand shop allows its staff to bring their kids to work, providing a place where they can work and take care of their kids at the same time.

      Angela was found pregnant unintentionally when she was 17 and therefore forced to drop out of school; she was referred to work at this store by a social worker. As her younger son suffers from chronic disease, Angela has to take care of him 24-hour. Luckily she found this place where she can bring her son to work and take care of him, which also eases her financial pressure.

      Mother of two girls, Bi quitted her day job after giving birth to her elder daughter at 20. She met other young moms in this shop with similar life experiences ; they have become each others' support. The shop has been a shelter for Bi; it does not only provide support financially but also emotionally.

      Under the heavy strike of both social movements and the global pandemic, the retail industry faces unprecedented challenges. The social enterprise funding period for the shop is expiring soon, what would the fate of this little shop be?

      10/08/2021