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The difficult time will be over some day, and it is important that we do not stop at where we are in hope.

Fu Tak Iam Foundation Editorial Board

 

 

In the blink of an eye, four months of 2020 have passed. Right from the start this year has overwhelmed us with the outbreak of the new Coronavirus, causing casualties and forcing devastating changes in our daily routines. Staying home seems just too long. We all suffer from a certain degree of fear and loneliness; and are tempted to feel that science and technology have failed to give enough security that we had hoped. Worst of all, the pandemic has exposed some already deprived communities—the poor, the homeless, the unemployed, the elderly, the disabled, the sick and so on-- to a more vulnerable position.

 

Reacting with urgency to these vulnerabilities, the Foundation has launched a few initiatives to give support, including distributing face masks to deprived groups, setting up online support programme for children and youths living in sub-divided units, providing emergency rent subsidy to the homeless; and cash relief to the families and the freelancer/self-employed youths who suffered from serious income cut in the last few months. (Learn more about our approved projects here.) Our deepest thanks go to all the NGO partners, front-line workers and volunteers for giving themselves fully to work together at full speed to make these happen.

 

In the midst of loss and suffering, the society gladly sees many other foundations, corporates, non-profits, and anonymous donors refocusing their work to help the impacted communities to fight the battle. Moreover, we are witnessing plenty of heart-warming stories from individuals and different corners unnoticed before: people giving out free meals to those having financial difficulties, people creating online platforms to encourage resource sharing, people volunteering to buy groceries for their neighbours, people standing together to salute and cheer the medical workers, and a lot more. Indeed, big changes are in the making from the small steps everyone has taken.

 

At the time of writing this article, we are slightly relieved to see that the coronavirus spread has slowed down in many countries. Hong Kong has reported only single-digit daily increase in new infected cases for more than two weeks, including four days without any. We sincerely hope that more good news keeps coming. The difficult time will be over some day, and it is important that we do not stop at where we are in hope. Let us learn from this unprecedented crisis and reflect deeply on how we can each do our part better than yesterday as well as working together to build a more resilient society, albeit the road ahead would be winding.

Fu Tak Iam Foundation Editorial Board

 

 

In the blink of an eye, four months of 2020 have passed. Right from the start this year has overwhelmed us with the outbreak of the new Coronavirus, causing casualties and forcing devastating changes in our daily routines. Staying home seems just too long. We all suffer from a certain degree of fear and loneliness; and are tempted to feel that science and technology have failed to give enough security that we had hoped. Worst of all, the pandemic has exposed some already deprived communities—the poor, the homeless, the unemployed, the elderly, the disabled, the sick and so on-- to a more vulnerable position.

 

Reacting with urgency to these vulnerabilities, the Foundation has launched a few initiatives to give support, including distributing face masks to deprived groups, setting up online support programme for children and youths living in sub-divided units, providing emergency rent subsidy to the homeless; and cash relief to the families and the freelancer/self-employed youths who suffered from serious income cut in the last few months. (Learn more about our approved projects here.) Our deepest thanks go to all the NGO partners, front-line workers and volunteers for giving themselves fully to work together at full speed to make these happen.

 

In the midst of loss and suffering, the society gladly sees many other foundations, corporates, non-profits, and anonymous donors refocusing their work to help the impacted communities to fight the battle. Moreover, we are witnessing plenty of heart-warming stories from individuals and different corners unnoticed before: people giving out free meals to those having financial difficulties, people creating online platforms to encourage resource sharing, people volunteering to buy groceries for their neighbours, people standing together to salute and cheer the medical workers, and a lot more. Indeed, big changes are in the making from the small steps everyone has taken.

 

At the time of writing this article, we are slightly relieved to see that the coronavirus spread has slowed down in many countries. Hong Kong has reported only single-digit daily increase in new infected cases for more than two weeks, including four days without any. We sincerely hope that more good news keeps coming. The difficult time will be over some day, and it is important that we do not stop at where we are in hope. Let us learn from this unprecedented crisis and reflect deeply on how we can each do our part better than yesterday as well as working together to build a more resilient society, albeit the road ahead would be winding.