IV. Poverty Alleviation Programs

(a) Abundant Blessing Meal (ABM) – Short-term Food Assistance Services (Self-financed)

The Abundant Blessing Meal (ABM) is one of the programs offered by ABMSBC as part of the Help-The-Poor program series.

 

The program is to tender short-term food assistance service to help individuals and families who have difficulties in coping with their daily food expenditure, including those among the unemployed, low-income earners, new arrivals, street sleepers, as well as individuals or families encountering sudden change and facing immediate financial hardship, etc.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to make everything come to a halt but not our services, especially our food assistance service to the needy. During the period of COVID-19 pandemic last year, a large number of community members lost their jobs and the concerned families encountered immediate financial difficulties. One valid piece of evidence is that the number of cases receiving government funded food assistance rapidly increased by 138% in 7 months from 12/2019 to 6/2020. So is the service demands for ABM.

 

We cannot cope with the service needs on our own. We are grateful for having wonderful support from many people.

 

Thanks to many charitable trusts, corporates, churches, organizations and individuals for their generous donations, which enable us to continue our services to the needy to experience love and concern during difficult times.

The following shows how we go side by side with a service recipient during their hard times:

 

Mr. E's family of five rented a sub-divided unit in San Po Kong. His wife took care of three children and was unable to work, as their eldest son suffers from Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) while the youngest daughter suffers from dyslexia. Mr. E originally worked as a transportation worker to support the living expenses of his family. Due to his low income, he began to receive our agency's food assistance service for a period of time since October 2019. Since the epidemic last year, Mr. E became unemployed and relied on intermittent odd jobs and meagre savings to support his living. Recently his savings were exhausted and he was unable to pay rent, living expenses and additional training expenses for his children. He felt very helpless. After having learnt about his situation, we immediately arranged our Abundant Blessing Meal (ABM) food assistance service for the family on one hand, and on the other hand, our social worker assisted him in applying for a charity fund provided in the community so as to relieve his financial pressure and alleviate his urgent needs.

 

(b)Short-term Food Assistance Services Project V (Government funded)

We are the principal service operator of the Short-term Food Assistance Services Project V (STFASP V) subsidized by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) in Wong Tai Sin and Sai Kung with effect from 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2021. We have served more than 27,000 people and delivered more than 1,420,000 meal days to the needy within these three years. Prior to that, we have been one of the five Co-organizing agencies of STFASP also subsidized by the SWD in Kowloon East from 27 February 2009 to 31 July 2018.

(c) Children Fun Fun Fun

This program aims at widening the underprivileged children’s horizon and enriching their life exposure through provision of alternative learning opportunities, such as after school care service, interest classes, visits and outings.

(d) ELITE

(Edify Life-long Imprints for Tomorrow’s Excellence)
This Program aims at helping the underprivileged Form 3 to Form 6 students to plan their career path and attain a positive life development. Career Orientation is conducted by high calibre volunteers and companies to share with the students their respective professions and business. Our Clinical Psychologist conducts talks to the students.

Sharing of Study Skills

A HKU student volunteer shared her study skills with the ELITE students to help them prepare for DSE, the public examination

Updates of ELITE (2021):

Three of them were DSE students.

They were admitted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in the 2021/2022 academic year. They study Medicine, Nursing and Business Administration.

The student, who studies Medicine, shares :

I’m grateful that I have participated in the ELITE Project which offered us much support. In terms of career planning, we could have the opportunity to visit a law firm and have a conversation with trainee solicitors to get a clearer picture on their routine jobs and career ladder. They also shared some study tips and their considerations on choosing subjects back then.

 

I still remember that one of the trainee solicitors mentioned that she used to be eager in studying medicine, but was deterred from studying it because of the foreseeable stress in the future and chose to study law instead. This sharing made me introspect on my determination in pursuing medicine, which turned out to reinforce my belief.

 

Students of physiotherapy and nursing, as well as a senior of my school were invited to share exam tips, course contents of their major and considerations in choosing major. This greatly enhanced my understanding on various career pathway and enabled me to make a clear future plan and have more comprehensive consideration on arranging JUPAS choices. In fact, physiotherapy and nursing was my backup plan in case I couldn’t get an ideal result in HKDSE. Therefore, the ELITE Project really helped me a lot in career planning.

 

Moreover, the ELITE Project once invited a doctor to give a talk in our school. I had a chance to talk with him individually after the talk and discussed bioethics and studying methods with him. Never had I ever imagined to be able to get this precious opportunity to be this close to a real doctor. This impressive talk has further ignited my interest in pursuing medicine.

 

As for reflection on myself, the ELITE Project arranged personality test for us to better understand our personalities and what jobs were suitable for us. Regular meetings offered us a chance to deepen our understanding on ourselves and to set short and long term goals in our life.

 

All in all, this Project has brought a lot of benefits to me and I therefore wholeheartedly recommend it to the juniors.

 

The student, who studies Nursing, shares :

This Program provides a platform for students to participate in different activities, such as doctor’s sharing and visit to a law firm.

In group activities, participants can be more aware of their interests through different types of activities.

We can deeply understand our strengths and characteristics.

I will highly recommend students to participate in this Program which can help them know more about themselves.

(e) HEAL

(Nutritional Supplement for Cancer Patients)
This Program aims at (a) increasing the cancer patients’ capabilities to cope with the cancer treatment through provision of nutritional supplements and (b) rendering support to the patients’ family members.

(f) ABM Embrace Ladies' Club

The primary objective of this program is to empower the disadvantaged women with self-belief and skills that will assist them in making a positive contribute to their families and community.

(g) Assistance of Daily Necessities

Assistance of daily necessities are rendered to the underprivileged through donation-in-kind from donors.

(h) Charities Sale

The revenue generated from the Charities Sales will be used for supporting the Poverty Alleviation Programs.

ABMSBC

 

The ABM Hong Kong Swatow Baptist Church Community Service Association (its alias: ABMSBC) was formed on 20th October 2004. ABMSBC is formed to recognize the actual makeup and organization of our agency. American Baptist Mission has a long working relationship with Swatow Baptist Churches. The history of cooperation can be dated back to 1954.

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