MAKE A DIFFERENCE: HELP PEOPLE IN POVERTY

WHO WE ARE

We are students who attend JEMS Character Academy and we are in the Orange Level. Many of us have been at JEMS for several years and some up to 9 years now.

Many might ask what we learn about here and to give you an idea, we learn about being nice, having empathy, the effects of charity, and being loving. What we focus most about is character and everything that leads up to being a good person (after all, we are called the junior excellent members of society)! Although this might sound boring, our teachers actually make it quite fun!

- David

WHAT WE LEARNT

In the past few months, we've learnt that poverty can look and be defined very differently and my perspective has changed. People living with material wealth may define poverty as a lack of healthcare, income, wealth, food, or other material items. People who are poor may describe poverty as a lack of everything or a broken relationship. We learnt through interviews that people in poverty feel ashamed, worthless, or like they are trash to be thrown out. This explains why it's so hard to get out of poverty. People feel like there is no more hope and no hope to move forward.

- Joshua

Image: YWAM Tuen Mun

WHY WE CARE

We feel passionate about this topic of poverty at JEMS. We realise that we can make a change to this topic. Therefore we decided to make a fundraiser to raise money for these people living in poverty in our community because they are going through something we may find unimaginable.
 Poverty is when people cannot afford many of the things that we have. Being in poverty can feel very stressful because they do not have enough money to buy food or they don’t have enough nutrients that may lead to them feeling very sick.

- Darren

30.9%

over

of citizens aged 65 and up live in poverty

that's

360,000

elderly people

who live in poverty

that's

1 in 3

elderly person

that lives in poverty

Data: Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report 2018

OUR SOLUTION

If we all work together and learn truly what the people in poverty are facing, we can understand how to help and will then know how to care for people in poverty without causing hurt. Getting to know others and starting to build a relationship is the first step to empathising with others. We believe this is what is needed.

- Nicholas
 

Image: YWAM Tuen Mun

HOW YOU CAN HELP

1

Get Informed

Learn more about poverty by reading through our website and understanding the complexity of poverty.

2

Build Relationship

When you see someone in poverty take five minutes to get to know them and grow in empathy for them.

3

Share What You Have

Donate money towards projects that really focus on helping people in poverty through building relationships, like YWAM Tuen Mun (see below).

4

Inform Others

Help us get the word out and inform more people about the complexity of poverty and help us put compassion into action!

YWAM TUEN MUN

Youth with a Mission Tuen Mun’s mission is to proclaim hope and provide comfort to all by providing holistic care to the needy and using relevant, creative tools to speak to this generation. They conduct frequent outreach programmes, are a local food bank, and most importantly they build relationships and care about those who are living in poverty in the Tuen Mun District. We hope to continue to support the work and efforts YWAM carries out in our city! 

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Image: YWAM Tuen Mun

OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL

We want to raise $10,000 HKD to help the families in Tuen Mun who are struggling against the cycle of poverty. We want to support YWAM Tuen Mun to continue to build and develop relationships with these families so that their children do not have to continue to live in poverty. 

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS

END POVERTY

5/F China Hong Kong Tower 
8-12 Hennessy Road Wan Chai 
Hong Kong

Tel: 3188 1516

Whatsapp: 5580 4397

Email: info@jems.com.hk

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