MAKE A DIFFERENCE: HELP PEOPLE IN POVERTY

ORANGE LEVEL | PRIMARY 6 STUDENTS

Campaign by: Miah and Yui Yi

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WHO WE ARE

We are this year’s orange level, which is surprisingly only two of us. Throughout this semester, we’ve been learning more and more about different aspects of poverty, and I can say that we’ve learnt a lot about our community and those around us, and more stuff about ourselves that we previously never knew about.
 

- Miah & Yui Yi

WHO WE ARE ADVOCATING FOR

We are advocating for those who never had the opportunity, or were born with not enough. We advocate for those in need, or those who suffer from a lack of material, emotional, or relational needs. And we are also advocating for those who have no control over their current circumstances, and don't know where or how to start on getting themselves out, those who have long accepted the fact that there may be no hope for them.

- Miah

Image: YWAM Tuen Mun

WHAT WE LEARNT

We learnt about everything we missed out on, and everything we never managed to open our eyes to on our own. This unit was a complicated adventure of mostly realistion and initial shock at what was actually happening outside our own home communities, and how not everything that sounds good, actually is.

For example, we learnt about a shoe company, that was supposedly giving out one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes bought, and at first it seemed like a fantastic idea, but it turned out that it actually harmed more than helped. At first, it sounded unbelievable that giving stuff out to the needy was actually harmful, but we learnt that the shoe company could've been giving out more than what was actually needed

 

Read more.

Image: YWAM Tuen Mun

WHY WE CARE

We care because it's important to spread awareness about what's currently happening, and the risks and factors that come with leaving the problem alone for the government or the country itself to solve, and along with the fact that the majority of people take things for granted that any person living in poverty would see as a blessing. We care because not enough people do, and not enough people know how to.

Many children (like us, previously) were taught that if we didn't pay attention in school, we would end up like the people on the streets, and we now know that that simply isn’t really true. Although it could happen that way, there are many other more common factors that cause poverty, but the other problems are often overshadowed and overlooked by the more complicated ones, and that leads to more people who don't know the full length of what’s going on, and automatically just think the situation is “unfortunate”.

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

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Image: YWAM Tuen Mun

Poster: Yui Yi

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 HK$10,000 to help the Cardboard Collectors Project that enables YWAM Tuen Mun to provide "Covid-19 Relief Packs" for cardboard collectors in the Tuen Mun District. We want to support YWAM Tuen Mun in their efforts to continue building and developing relationships with these families to help meet their needs.

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS

END POVERTY

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