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Transforming the City, One Life at a Time 

Feedback on SSP Xperience 2.0

'Amazingly, it was a much more powerful experience than I imagined.'
- William C.

'Talking to Elli and joining the home visit were definitely among the most important lessons I’ve had in life.'
- Tracy L.

'I think the entire event was very well organized, and we especially enjoyed the testimonials and the stay at Mei Ho House.'
- Candace W.

'To be with the families, to talk to them: The kids like things outside their routine and our visits bring them a measure of joy.'
- Wilson C.

'I used to think that outreach was for overseas or for China, and I had difficulty finding the time to travel. Now, I’ve learned that there’s also outreach for me to do here in Hong Kong.'
- Chris C.
 

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Feb 28 North Point
Chinese New Year Celebration Lunch
Mar to Aug Ngau Tau Kok
Monthly Elderly Home Visits
Apr 2 Sham Shui Po
IDEAL Birthday Party


Please click here for the full list of volunteer opportunities and registration.
Jan 2016 - Hope of the City Newsletter

SSP Xperience 2.0
Hope of the City’s SSP Xperience 2.0, which ran from Jan 29-30, was a great success. Thirty people participated in our guided ‘service tour’ of Sham Shui Po, which included a one-night stay at Mei Ho House youth hostel.
The event encompassed four major experiences: home visits to low-income families to deliver Chinese New Year snacks; serving hot drinks to area street sleepers; an Amazing Race-type of shopping assignment (teams competed to purchase the ingredients for two nutritious meals for a family of four with only $50); and a visit to a soup kitchen.
Other aspects of the experience included a local meal of SSP specialties at a roof top dai pai dong, and hearing the personal stories of three low-income residents/partners of Sham Shui Po: many participants said this was the highlight of the event.
Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback SSP Xperience 2.0 received, we plan to host similar experiences in the future, so stay tuned.

Popular Computer Class Winds Up

A Hope of the City-sponsored computer class at The Hub HK in Sham Shui Po wound up on Dec 5. Starting last September, eleven children aged 7 - 11 learned to do computer coding and programming to create their own computer games over 10 sessions of 1.5 hours each. We have been pleased to see these children gradually enhancing their creativity and confidence while improving their knowledge of computer programming. What’s more, the need to be detailed and work towards the rather complex, long-term goal of creating a computer game helped them learn to stay focused and develop patience and persistence.


 

Christmas Lunch with the Elderly

As a way of sharing the joy of Christmas and to honor our elderly, Hope of the City organized a Christmas lunch on Dec 12 at a very nice dim sum restaurant in Festival Walk. Fifty-two volunteers from Island ECC - including several families with children - accompanied 26 seniors from St. James Settlement’s Shek Kip Mei Kindness Centre for this fun outing. Hope of the City’s Executive Director played Santa Claus during the lunch, giving out presents from his magic bag, with even more surprise gifts provided by the mall management. There was also a photo-taking session with the ‘real’ Santa for every Po Po and Gong Gong, contributing to a delightful day out for all.
 

Christmas Sports Fun Day

Hope of the City’s annual Christmas Sports Fun Day with the kids from Po Leung Kuk was held on Dec 12 at YMCA King’s Park Centenary Centre in Jordan.  An energetic group of 20 volunteers from Island ECC’s Sports Fellowship guided the 60 children through a variety of outdoor sports activities, including inline skating, wall climbing and tennis. These kids don’t usually get the opportunity to try out sports like these and they look forward to the Sports Fun Day all year. Bonus activities included a sing-along of Christmas songs led by iGlee, Island ECC’s Choir Fellowship, and a visit from Santa Claus, who gave out candies to round out a very exhausting but happy day.
 

Ngau Tau Kok Elderly Outing

With Hong Kong’s high transport fees and their own decreased mobility, low-income elderly in our city do not often get to travel beyond their own neighborhoods. That’s why Hope of the City loves to sponsor elderly outings like our most recent day trip to Lau Fau Shan on Jan 23. Sixty seniors from St. James Settlement’s Ngau Tau Kok Centre, joined by 19 home visit volunteers, headed out in two coaches for a seafood lunch and a visit to the dried seafood market. Even though the thermostat dropped to a bone-chilling 5 degrees, there were no complaints from our hardy sightseers. They thoroughly enjoyed the change of scenery, which also included a stopover at the Hong Kong International Airport to take in the Flight Museum in Terminal 2.
Mailing Address:
Hope of the City Foundation 
8/F, 633 King's Road
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
+852 3470 3000