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This is a series of 13 documentaries about volunteerism.
Each episode will focus on one or two Hong Kong people who are doing different types of volunteer work in different areas of the world.  By telling the stories of these HK volunteers, audiences will have a clearer picture on the different needs around the world, also one will know more about the in depth feeling of these HK volunteers.

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UNABANDONED LOVE (VIETNAM)

Unabandoned Love (Vietnam)

Sunny and several volunteers went to Hochiminh City, Vietnam
in January 2011 to team up with a Catholic Church to distribute basic
necessities to the needy. They went to the market to buy rice, noodles,
sugar and other necessities and packed these items into lucky bags,
which were then delivered to leprosy patients, disabled patients, chronic
patients and the elderly.

Sunny was born in Hong Kong and raised in Venezuela. He returned
to the city in 1997 and lived a busy life - like every typical Hong Kong citizen.
Five years ago, setbacks in life made him frustrated. He failed to sleep
properly and decided to fill his life with meaning by doing volunteer service.
He first volunteered as a counsellor in a voluntary organization to provide
counselling service and spiritual support to suicidal people. He then kept on
volunteering in all kinds of service for more than one year, with a record of
serving in seven different organizations at the same time.

To further his volunteer experience, Sunny even quit his job in 2007
to serve outside Hong Kong. Having worked in the Missionaries of Charity
in India, Thailand and Cambodia to take care of the dying and HIV orphans,
he came back with a determination to establish his own charity organization.

In order to help people freely, he decided to help the needy by
distributing lucky bags. First he looks for patrons to provide him with
materials and gathers volunteers to pack them into lucky bags. Then he
contacts other voluntary organizations to find suitable recipients and
delivers the bags to them himself.

Having met different kinds of recipients, Sunny points out that his
priority should be given to those who are abandoned, e.g. street sleepers,
elderly who live alone and the destitutes. He holds that those who are
abandoned by society are the poorest.

In the past two years, Sunny furthered his project to help people
outside Hong Kong. His lucky bags have reached up to 13 countries.
It is his wish to give material as well as emotional support to the people
in need.


Tag: leprosy, disabled, elderly, Sunny

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  • UNABANDONED LOVE (VIETNAM)

    UNABANDONED LOVE (VIETNAM)

    Unabandoned Love (Vietnam)

    Sunny and several volunteers went to Hochiminh City, Vietnam
    in January 2011 to team up with a Catholic Church to distribute basic
    necessities to the needy. They went to the market to buy rice, noodles,
    sugar and other necessities and packed these items into lucky bags,
    which were then delivered to leprosy patients, disabled patients, chronic
    patients and the elderly.

    Sunny was born in Hong Kong and raised in Venezuela. He returned
    to the city in 1997 and lived a busy life - like every typical Hong Kong citizen.
    Five years ago, setbacks in life made him frustrated. He failed to sleep
    properly and decided to fill his life with meaning by doing volunteer service.
    He first volunteered as a counsellor in a voluntary organization to provide
    counselling service and spiritual support to suicidal people. He then kept on
    volunteering in all kinds of service for more than one year, with a record of
    serving in seven different organizations at the same time.

    To further his volunteer experience, Sunny even quit his job in 2007
    to serve outside Hong Kong. Having worked in the Missionaries of Charity
    in India, Thailand and Cambodia to take care of the dying and HIV orphans,
    he came back with a determination to establish his own charity organization.

    In order to help people freely, he decided to help the needy by
    distributing lucky bags. First he looks for patrons to provide him with
    materials and gathers volunteers to pack them into lucky bags. Then he
    contacts other voluntary organizations to find suitable recipients and
    delivers the bags to them himself.

    Having met different kinds of recipients, Sunny points out that his
    priority should be given to those who are abandoned, e.g. street sleepers,
    elderly who live alone and the destitutes. He holds that those who are
    abandoned by society are the poorest.

    In the past two years, Sunny furthered his project to help people
    outside Hong Kong. His lucky bags have reached up to 13 countries.
    It is his wish to give material as well as emotional support to the people
    in need.


    Tag: leprosy, disabled, elderly, Sunny

    28/03/2017
  • THE VOLUNTARY LOCOMOTIVE (HONG KONG)

    THE VOLUNTARY LOCOMOTIVE (HONG KONG)

    The Voluntary Locomotive (Hong Kong)

    Carson Lai is from the IT industry. He is a talkative and passionate
    sunny guy. Influenced by his father, who was a CSA member,
    Carson joined Junior CSA and cultivated a spirit of helping himself
    and the others.

    Carson sees that many Hong Kong people want to be volunteers.
    Just they don't have the cohesion and don't know the way. After he
    joined "Famine 30" in 2007, he coordinated with some like-minded
    friends and setup the "Carson and Friends Volunteer Group".
    The members are mostly young people, like Carson, they do voluntary
    work at leisure time. Since then, Carson and the group members
    participate in various volunteer services.

    Over the past three years, Carson's volunteer group has
    participated in the "World Vision's Charity Barefoot Walk",
    "Hans Christian Andersen Reading Scheme", and etc. Since 2009,
    Carson and the volunteers go to the Chuk Yuen Estate Community
    Centre every Saturday, to read stories through games for the children
    who are from grassroots families and lack caring. Carson would take
    special care to the children who had unpleasant experience.
    He believes that joy can be contagious and can change people.

    Whenever there are any problems encountered in the volunteer
    services, Carson will come forward and will take the lead without hesitation.
    And members crowned him the "Locomotive" title. Carson describes he
    drives the volunteer train. The members are compartments, parts, fuels, etc.
    They complement each other so that they can carry more volunteers.
    He does not expect to reach any great goal. He just wants to influence
    more people and pass the torch.

    Although no one knows how many people would get on the train,
    one thing is for sure, that this train carries so much fun and laughter.
    It rides on the track and marches forward.


    Tag: Carson and Friends, Hans Andersen Group

    21/03/2017
  • A HEART-WARMING WINTER (HONG KONG)

    A HEART-WARMING WINTER (HONG KONG)

    A Heart-warming Winter (Hong Kong)

    The winter of 2010 seemed especially cold. For those without a
    home, tucking away in a street corner was the best they could do to
    escape the chill. However, they felt that much warmer all because
    Chau (Chau Shu-tak) has stepped into their lives.

    The humble Chau is a street hawker running a stall in the Jordan
    District and has been voluntarily helping the homeless since the 80's.
    He recalls how he fought for their rights with a voluntary organisation
    more than 20 years ago, when he noticed a lack of services for this
    neglected group. Over the years, Chau has encountered countless
    people living on the streets, and visiting them has become a part of
    his life. He pays particular attention to those who are suspected of
    suffering from mental illness, helping them apply for social security
    and public housing, so that they can have a roof over their heads
    and lead a better life.

    Each and every homeless person has a tale to tell. Most people
    might walk the other way when they see one of them, but Chau reaches
    out to them proactively. He visits them regularly and treats them as his
    friends, listening to their stories and caring for them as best he can when
    they fall ill. His honesty and generosity has opened up many introverted
    homeless people.

    Chau, who is now more than 60 years of age, is adamant about
    continuing helping the homeless. He visits them four to five times a week
    on a completely voluntary basis. This winter, our camera crew followed
    Chau as he went about visiting the homeless in the Yau Tsim Mong District,
    Sham Shui Po and other parts of the city, documenting their stories.


    Tag: homeless, Chau Shu-tak

    14/03/2017
  • CARE WITH DEFT HANDS (HONG KONG)

    CARE WITH DEFT HANDS (HONG KONG)

    Care with Deft Hands (Hong Kong)

    Having been a volunteer haircutter for 18 years, Vivian has been
    serving different kinds of people, including the elderly, the mentally
    retarded, long stay patients and rehabilitated psychiatric patients.
    She has found that her life is always connected with scissors.
    When she was a child, she had to help her family by cutting plastic
    slippers with a pair of big scissors. It is interesting that now, as a
    housewife, she still uses scissors a lot to provide free haircuts to others.

    As a full time housewife, Vivian has been taking care of her family
    most of her time. 18 years ago, she took a hair cutting course for
    amateurs, hoping to cut hair for her husband and children in the future.
    Upon completing the course, she was invited by her instructor to be a
    volunteer haircutter.

    Hair cutting might seem a little thing. But Vivian holds that
    everyone has the need to look neat and tidy, and everyone has the right
    to pursue beauty. Since a haircut could be financially or physically difficult
    for the elderly, the mentally retarded, or long stay patients, volunteer hair
    cutting could be of a great help to them. From the service, they can get
    not only a new hairstyle, but also a kind of respect.

    Those who are weak and unconscious might only be able to say
    the words "Thank you" in return. But Vivian does not look for others'
    gratefulness. As long as her clients find their hairstyle comfortable,
    she has accomplished her mission.


    Tag: Haircutter, Vivian, Agency for Volunteer Service

    07/03/2017
  • MOVING LIVES FORWARD (HONG KONG)

    MOVING LIVES FORWARD (HONG KONG)

    Moving Lives Forward (Hong Kong)

    Cheung (Lo Wai-cheung) was rendered quadriplegic due to being
    starved of oxygen for an entire minute prior to birth and needs to spend
    the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Consequently, being able to help others
    by becoming a volunteer was something that never crossed his mind.

    Although he has needed the help and care of others since a young age,
    he never gave up on himself. He learnt how to use the computer all on his
    own and made a living as a computer tutor at a sheltered workshop.
    He was also an insurance agent at one stage. After coming down with a
    major illness a few years ago, Cheung decided to become a full-time
    volunteer. Apart from being the vice-chairman of a mutual help
    organisation, he also devotes his time and effort to public causes,
    even getting involved in policy advocacy.

    However, the volunteer work that Cheung enjoys the most is
    visiting fellow members of the disabled community and teaching them
    computer skills, building a rapport with them in the process.
    He hopes that their lives, like his own, can be transformed by this medium.

    Over the past few years, Cheung has made many friends
    through volunteering as a computer tutor – some of them are mentally
    impaired, some spend most of their time at the hospital, some have
    been completely paralysed as a result of illness or accidents,
    while some have been suffering from severe limb disabilities since
    they were born.

    Of all the people that he has helped, Cheung remembers Ming-li
    the most. Ming-li is 19, and in addition to being paralysed, has also
    lost the ability to speak due to being asphyxiated at birth. He has never
    received any type of training and could not be enrolled into school
    when he immigrated to Hong Kong because of financial problems,
    as well as being too old. Cheung has an indescribable connection
    with him – it's as if he's looking into a mirror. Hence, he has decided
    to do everything in his power to help Ming-li, from assisting him to apply
    for public housing to buying him a computer and teaching him how
    to use it. Cheung hopes that this technology will enable Ming-li to
    communicate with the outside world, bettering his life the same way
    it has his.


    Tag: quadriplegic, Lo Wai-cheung, disabled community

    28/02/2017
  • THE CARING ANGEL (HONG KONG)

    THE CARING ANGEL (HONG KONG)

    The Caring Angel (Hong Kong)

    Angela, Lam Oi Lan, resigned as flight attendant and has become
    a volunteer for the blind and the visually impaired. After each service,
    many visually impaired people would take the initiative to seek her help,
    ask her advice, and even talk to their heart. Because of that, her voluntary
    service hours have extended to a whole day. Angela has no complaints
    of that. Since she sees that if she can ease their problems of their hearts,
    and they can regain the confidence to face their lives, it is regarded as
    a true help.

    Keith is a blind masseur. He has suffered from cataract since childhood
    and lacks confidence over work. He has even refused to deal with his
    own visually impaired problems for years. After he attended an English
    conversation class taught by Angela, the two have become friends.

    Ah Sze, who has suffered from glaucoma, lives with her husband.
    The couple often exchanges their vegetarian experience with Angela.
    Ah Sze well handles her daily lives but does not go well with her
    chronically ill mother. After becoming Ah Sze's friend, Angela gives
    her care through listening and chats. Though it may not help solve
    the problem immediately, it eases their burden and makes life easier.

    Angela understands that to solve the problems of the hearts of the
    visually impaired is never easy. But she thinks to give a little bit more
    confidence, support and suggestions, perhaps it can bring them
    a ray of hope.

    Angela applies an equal status between she and the visually impaired
    people in each contact. She considers that being a volunteer, it is not
    to provide a one way help. People can also learn from it. Because of
    such being equal and respect attitude, the visually impaired are willing
    to open their hearts and share the happiness and sadness with her.


    Tag: blind masseur, HK volunteers

    21/02/2017
  • UNSELFISH LOVE IN INDIA (INDIA)

    UNSELFISH LOVE IN INDIA (INDIA)

    Unselfish Love in India (India)

    India, with its 1.08 billon population, is the world's second most
    populous country, also is one of a low-income countries. Due to food
    shortage, about 5,000 children a day die of malnutrition or related
    diseases. 80% of pregnant women in the country are suffering
    from anemia. The country’s dystocia rate is relatively high. Its lack of
    medical services is a serious problem.

    Bijapur is a town in central India. It does not even have a basic
    operation room in the district hospitals. In addition, the local
    anti-government group continually creates military confrontation to the
    government. Affected by the sectarian conflicts, roadblocks are often
    set up; therefore patients are unable to seek medical treatment right away.
    Some patients even take a whole day to walk to the hospital.
    Because of lacking basic medical services, MSF set up a local Mother
    and Child Health Centre in 2009.

    Doctor Bea, Lau Wing Sze, began her first MSF mission in July 2010.
    She has worked in the Mother and Child Health Centre in Bijapur as
    volunteer for 9 months. She is mainly responsible for projects like prenatal
    care, postnatal care, family plans and malnutrition.

    After graduated from the Chinese University in 2005, Bea became
    a doctor in the Hospital Authority. In her high school years, she showed
    her enthusiasm in voluntary services. During the SARS outbreak in 2003,
    she assisted in medical records research and psychological counseling.
    After the Sichuan earthquake, she went to the local schools and took up
    the health service. She was even a volunteer of the Rainlily hotline service
    and later joined MSF in 2009.

    Bijapur is located in Chhattisgarh. Its dystocia rate is the highest
    across India. Most women do not have family planning, do not have the
    concept of month and day. They even do not know the number of pregnancy
    weeks and are poor in control of fertility schedule. Due to the lacking
    of prenatal knowledge, premature birth, miscarriage and neonatal death
    are common.

    In the Mother and Child Health Centre, Bea often deals with
    problems like, pregnant women malnutrition, infant babies' low body
    temperature, instability of the hospital power supply, lack of baby warm
    boxes and etc. Every day in this small town, she faces life, diseases
    and death, and sometimes, she somehow feels helplessness on these
    cases. Yet, she does not give up. Bea hopes that her contribution in
    these 9 months can help her to take up more rescue missions in the future
    and to continue the caring spirit as a doctor.


    Tag: India, Bijapur, MSF, Mother & child Health Centre

    14/02/2017
  • THE LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY (HAITI)

    THE LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY (HAITI)

    The Long Road to Recovery (Haiti)

    Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is located
    in the Caribbean Sea.

    On the 12th of January, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake claimed
    the lives of over 200,000 Haitians and rendered over 2 million homeless.
    The resurgence of a cholera outbreak within a year of the disaster has
    brought volunteers from all over the world to lend a helping hand.
    One of them is Lucci from Hong Kong, who has come to Haiti for a
    second time to take part in the disaster relief work in December 2010.

    Lucci, a fifth year medical student at the Chinese University of
    Hong Kong, has her eyes set on joining Médecins Sans Frontières.
    She has already had some experience with medical-related volunteer
    work prior to being admitted into medical school, having worked at
    hospitals, orphanages and veterinary clinics in places such as Africa and
    South America.

    Despite only being a student, Lucci was given the opportunity to
    work on the front lines due to the lack of manpower in these impoverished
    parts. In addition to the joy she gets from helping others, her extensive
    volunteering experience has also become the major driving force behind
    her decision to practise Medicine.

    This time round, Lucci has been assigned to a recently rebuilt
    hospital in Léogane, a city approximately two hours' drive west of Haiti's
    capital of Port-au-Prince. Due to Léogane's proximity to the epicentre
    of the earthquake, the damage it suffered in 2010 was more severe than
    that of Port-au-Prince, thus requiring more immediate medical attention
    and reconstruction aid.

    During her time of service, Lucci also experienced civil unrest due
    to the locals' dissatisfaction with the outcome of the presidential elections.
    All volunteers were placed under lockdown at base camp for safety and
    the capital's airport was even shut down at one stage.

    Instead of falling prey to despair and anxiety, Lucci used this extra time
    on her hands to teach local children how to protect themselves from cholera
    through an educational comic, putting her artistic talents, as well as medical
    expertise, to good use.


    Tag: Haiti, cholera, All Hands, Léogane

    07/02/2017
  • PLANTING FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE (CHINA)

    PLANTING FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE (CHINA)

    Planting for a Brighter Future (China)

    In October 2010, Mrs. Chia (Chia Tam Wing-yee) went to
    Sijiang Village, located in Shilou County of Shanxi Province, with a
    group of volunteers. Situated on the Loess Plateau, the destitute village
    is about three hours' drive from Taiyuan City. Mrs. Chia established a
    foundation in memory of her late husband and rented several hundred
    acres of land from the government in order to implement a reforestation
    programme. The project employs local villagers and aims to alleviate
    poverty through tree planting and the creation of water reserves.

    The couple's tree planting story began over a decade ago.

    Mrs. Chia's husband, Dr. Chia Zse-han, is an anaesthetist.
    When he went to his hometown in Mei County to visit his relatives some
    10 years ago, he noticed that the land was parched and that the villagers
    were suffering from severe water shortage problems. Consequently, he
    studied up on how American farmers restored their land after the drought,
    and, adding further improvements, tried to create an ecological forest by
    using the “tree trough” method. His efforts paid off several years later,
    when the reforested area spawned an uncontaminated water source
    sufficient to supply the entire village.

    The success of their planting trial in Mei County marked the
    beginning of the couple's charitable cause. In 1999, they were invited
    to Dongshan Village, located in Yangshan County of Qingyuan City,
    an even more destitute and drought-plagued area of Guangdong
    Province, to implement a large-scale reforestation programme.
    They first had to clear a path to the hills and build a house in order
    to gain access to the barren terrain for planting. However, just as
    everything was ready to, Dr. Chia was diagnosed with leukaemia.
    After undergoing bone marrow transplant surgery, not only did he see
    the Yangshan County project through, but also made plans to expand
    the programme further – more specifically, to Shanxi Province on
    the Loess Plateau.

    Dr. Chia finally passed away in 2005. Despite not being able to
    complete the Shanxi Province project with his own hands, his wife and a
    group of close friends established a foundation in his memory in order to
    carry on his spirit. Its scope of work has since developed to include poverty
    alleviation projects.


    Tag: China, Dr. Chia Zse-han, Shanxi Province

    31/01/2017
  • THE RAINBOW IN PHNOM PENH (CAMBODIA)

    THE RAINBOW IN PHNOM PENH (CAMBODIA)

    The Rainbow in Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

    Having studied social work at university and worked in an NGO's food bank, Winsy is particularly concerned about the vulnerables. In November 2010, she decided to put down her job in Hong Kong and spend two years volunteering in the House of Rainbow Bridge Orphanage in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, to provide counselling service to the AIDS orphans there.

    Wars have made Cambodia a poor country. Children often wander in the streets to collect plastic bottles to earn a living. A photo of such a scene prompted Winsy to go to the country to use her knowledge to help the children get rid of their bad memories and develop confidence.

    In each counselling session, Winsy would communicate with the children through games or pictures and help them untangle their psychological problems. She wishes that the teachers there, who also work as Winsy's interpreters, could learn some skills from her and continue to help the children in the future.

    The House of Rainbow Bridge Orphanage was founded with the aim to provide hospice care service to AIDS orphans. But with suitable medication, the mortality decreased rapidly. From the third year onwards, no children died anymore; and the orphanage has changed from a place which provided hospice care service to a place which provides child care service. As these children are often discriminated, they lack confidence and face more puberty problems than others. The dean is grateful to Winsy for her love and care for the children. Although she is staying for two years only, she is their important company in their life.


    Tag: Phnom Penh, Cambodia, The House of Rainbow Bridge Orphanage, Winsy

    24/01/2017
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