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All over the world, countries are struggling to provide residents with affordable housing, especially in cities with dense populations. In Hong Kong, this is a major challenge, with home prices soaring every year, despite the size of the country’s homes ranking amongst the smallest in the world. The housing problem has worsened throughout the years due to increasing competition for land and the influx of migrants.

Low-income families and immigrants who are unable to afford homes with higher rents are forced to live in rental portioned flats – termed as sub-divided units -- and ‘caged homes’. According to a study by the Kwai Chung Subdivided Flat Residence Alliance, the average living space of some of Hong Kong’s poorest residents is 50 square feet 1, slightly bigger than a standard king size bed. Families who live in these homes have very little space to cook and have a meal together.

 


Source: South China Morning Post

Tight spaces

Mrs. Wu* is a mother who lives with her family in a subdivided unit in Sham Shui Po, a district with the largest proportion of low-income families. She has no kitchen in her home and limited space to have meals with her family. Mrs. Wu’s family often eats out, with fast food being one of their common choices due to its price and availability.

To enable families like Mrs. Wu’s to have a space to cook and eat together, Deutsche Bank has partnered with the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children (HKSPC) in 2018 to set up a community kitchen in the Sham Mong District Children and Family Services Centre in Sham Shui Po. This is part of our commitment to the local community during our Hong Kong office's 60th Anniversary. 

A space for proper meals and family bonding

Through a booking system, low income families living in the area have the opportunity to book the multi-purpose community kitchen to cook their meals, and enjoy a proper meal together.

HKSPC also organises parent-child cooking workshops and other related activities in the kitchen to encourage more family time and enable the families to not only eat together, but to cook together. The workshops provide parents with important nutritional information and health tips, enabling families to improve their nutrition intake and become healthier.

 

Building a supportive community

Apart from helping families to bond, the kitchen is also a space for the community. The kitchen provides morning and afternoon meals for primary school students in the HKSPC after–school-care services.

It also serves as a community mutual help network, where families can group together in the to share food, reducing costs and encouraging a supportive community. Mrs. Wu enjoys spending time in the kitchen cooking with other mums who live in the area.

With the space, families living in the area can come together and lend a hand to other underprivileged groups and beneficiary groups. For example, mums can come together and cook meals for elderly in homes and the homeless. Deutsche Bank is committed to building stronger and more inclusive communities.

 

1 https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2117810/average-living-space-hong-kongs-poorest-residents-same

*Name changed to protect the identity of the beneficiary

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About Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children

Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children(HKSPC) aims to protect and safeguard children’s rights for whole-person development. Its mission is to build a “Healthy, Happy and Safe” environment for children from all backgrounds.

HKSPC has been committed to nurture children in their early childhood development since 1926. Being one of the most established organisations in the field, HKSPC currently operates 27 services units serving children from ages 0 to 16, and their families, especially catering for the needs of working parents, single parents, low-income families, new arrival families and ethnic minority families. Around 3,000 children and their families are served on a daily basis. For more information, visit their website here.

 



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