Only the grassroots who truly experience poverty are more willing to help others with their hearts.
An organization held a photo exhibition at the Tsim Sha Tsui Cultural Center this month, telling the story of each person who visited the "basic level to save the grassroots". Among them, a cleaning worker who rented a prefab room had a confirmed diagnosis of the same room resident, and he was unemployed and only got 3,000 yuan in cash during the epidemic. , to avoid the epidemic and sublet a bed room with 30 people living together with a monthly rent of nearly 2,000 yuan, the only 1,000 yuan left on him was secretly stuffed into a chocolate gift box and handed over to an organization to support grassroots families in fighting the epidemic, and repeatedly refused to take it back. I can starve for a meal alone, but children can’t.” Later, he became a volunteer, cleaning and disinfecting the transitional housing where the cleaners were diagnosed as lost, and there were also college students whose whole family received CSSA assistance and lived in subdivided housing. Experience the tragic situation of being infected with the virus, and join the volunteer team to visit rooftop houses and cage houses to deliver anti-epidemic supplies.
The 60-year-old Uncle Hua works as a cleaning casual worker. He rented a bed room for a while to avoid the epidemic. He only had 3,000 yuan in cash. When he lost his job due to the epidemic, he donated 1,000 yuan to the social association to support other grass-roots families.
(Photo by Ou Shulin)
Under the epidemic, cleaning casual workers are unemployed and pay one-third of their net worth to help subdivided households
Uncle Hua, 60 years old, works as a cleaning casual worker due to his low education. He has a clean meal and can only rent a board room of more than 2,000 yuan with little savings. The fifth wave of the epidemic came at the beginning of this year. Uncle Hua In February, he saw that the residents were diagnosed one after another. After calling the government hotline, he was repeatedly unable to get through. So he moved to a bed room for 30 people in a unit to avoid the epidemic. The monthly rent was nearly 2,000 yuan. At that time, he had 3,000 yuan left in cash, which he had to pay Rent, and even worse, the epidemic caused him to lose his temporary job, and his livelihood became a problem in the future.
However, he did not care about personal gains and losses, but secretly stuffed 1,000 yuan into a chocolate gift box, and then borrowed words to give gifts to the grassroots of the subdivided house and handed it to the staff of the community organization association. It was delivered, and he repeatedly asked him to take it back, but Uncle Hua refused to accept it. He said, "I can starve for one meal, and cup noodles as a meal. Now many families are facing unemployment, and children cannot starve." Uncle Hua learned that a cleaner in the transitional social housing on Ying Wah Street was diagnosed and unable to come to work, so he suggested himself to be a cleaner for free, disinfecting and cleaning public spaces to help the grassroots fight against the epidemic.
Apple, who is in her twenties, can only rent a sub-unit in Sham Shui Po because her parents' income is not high. In February this year, family members were recruited one after another. The quarantine order has not been issued, the pharmacy has sold all the pain relievers and fever medicines, and the online purchase of quick test kits has pushed up to 109 mosquitoes.” In the end, the whole family “rehabilitated” without government drug support. The distribution of resources is uneven, especially for the grassroots living in subdivided housing, rooftop or cage housing, and other unsuitable housing. Support services are not in place at all, so they joined a volunteer team to deliver supplies to families in need.
I can starve for a meal alone, and a cup of noodles is a meal. Now many families are facing unemployment, and children cannot starve.
Uncle Hua, a 60-year-old cleaning casual worker
Young volunteers witness the death of the elderly in the cage: uneven distribution of resources
What impressed her most was that she visited a caged unit in Tai Kok Tsui at the end of last year. At that time, there were 4 to 5 elderly residents, but after the fifth wave of the epidemic, "2 of the 5 were diagnosed and left, and one of them is a good memory. The elderly who are wearing ventilators have no energy to talk, and they have to live in this environment when they are sick. The fifth wave of the epidemic has arrived, and it has been delayed until death, and I feel very sad."
Another volunteer, Hai Ping, is in the handling industry. He sought help from the Social Association when he was forced to relocate subdivided housing in an industrial building in his early years. Later, he became a volunteer of the Social Association, helping to carry heavier materials upstairs. "Many companies only deliver goods to the ground floor. Boxes of masks and supplies are heavy to be buried, and women are not strong enough, so I will help them move them up to the second floor.” During the epidemic, he was unemployed and idle at home, but he actively faced it, and he came to the scene every day to serve as a volunteer without work. , The main force is to move the stools in different activities, and then carry multiple boxes of daily necessities and masks into the office from the underground stairs to the office for other female volunteers to unpack and subcontract.
The stories of "the grassroots save the grassroots" are all included in the photo album of the "epidemic and unfortunate situation" of the social association. The pictures and texts describe the personal experience of each recipient or helping the grassroots. Some photos will be released from the 19th to the 24th of this month. It will be exhibited in the lobby on the ground floor of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. It will also be on display at the Social Association's office on the first floor of the exhibition hall at No. 269 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po at the beginning of next month and every weekend. Those who are interested can come to watch it.
Exhibition period one:
Date: 19/8 to 25/8 10am to 10pm daily
Venue: Exhibition Area E3, G/F, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui
Date: 10:30 am to 6:30 pm every weekend from 4/9 to 25/9
Venue: Exhibition Hall, 1/F, 269 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po
The trade union accused the skipping policy of exploiting the freedom of foreign domestic helpers to suspend their contractual rights and urged the Immigration Department to face up to the problem. In the 1990s, he took the lead in organizing anti-discrimination demonstrations. The environment is poor, the rent is more expensive than the luxury house