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We often hear people say, “The children nowadays all have more than plenty. They get everything they want, and their parents are over-protective therefore they are spoiled…” However, some children are not so fortunate to enjoy such a joyful life. In the corners of our society, there are some children or teenagers from broken families. Some of them are abused, some the victims of domestic violence; some have no one to depend on because their parents have various issues like long working hours, having two jobs, low income, or poverty.

 

Evangel Children’s Home (ECH) has been established for 56 years with the mission, through the love of Jesus Christ, we serve children and youth who came from deprived family with purposes of nurturing them to grow maturely in all aspects and helping them build up healthy relationships with their families, by the name of the Lord these will be exalted and the community will be benefited.

 

ECH is a small agency but with a strong mission to serve deprived children and youth. We provide three main services, namely: Residential Home Care Service, “U-Turn for a Stable Home” – Residential Day Care and Family Support Service and “Believe My Way – Youth Home with Career Guidance and Counseling”. The latter two are accommodated in the newly established "Holistic Life Development Center”.

 

Holistic Life Development Center - kitchen and dining room

 

We would like to show our heartfelt thanks to Fu Tak Iam Foundation Limited to give full funding support for the construction costs of Holistic Life Development Center that was completed in Oct 2012 which provides us with more opportunities to reach out to those deprived youths and to help them prepared to strive for a better future life by offering them a resting place where their broken hearts can be renewed with self-worth and self-confidence. “U-Turn for a Stable Home Service” is now extended to 48 places for children aged 6 to 12 and lack of suitable caring from family or from deprived family. And "Believe My Way" (‘BMW’) – Youth Home with Career Guidance and Counseling” serves 24 teenagers aged between 18 and 20 who are in difficult situations and lack of family support. BMW is not only a home for them, but also a platform to learn to confront their challenges in the real world, thus to become a responsible and independent person to contribute to others and also the society.

 

Holistic Life Development Center – bedroom

 

Here is a closer look of these services through the sharing of some of our service users as shown below,

 

Ah Wai---A Parent user of "U-Turn for a Stable Home"
It was the end of the world for me. That day, my wife left home, leaving me and my daughter behind. I am a salesman, and because at the time no one could take care of my daughter, I brought her to work with me, and it was very inconvenient.

 

Through the referral of a family service center, I came to Evangel Children’s Home. A social worker greeted us, and after knowing our situation, she arranged us to enroll in the “U-Turn for a Stable Home” program, so that someone can look after my daughter. Sometime later, I found out that I was suffering from depression. Because Evangel Children’s Home helped me look after my daughter over long hours, I was able to visit the doctor and seek counseling from social worker.

 

The name of the service “U-Turn for a Stable Home” is very meaningful to me. Because of their help, my family is renewing. I also walked pass one and another difficulty, and begin to see the silver lining. Although the situation of me and my daughter is still not very stable, because of the great people in the service, I am slowly finding the way out. I would not forget any of their smiles.

 

Kiki --- "Big Tree and I"
From primary two, Kiki has been participating in the day care service of Evangel Children’s Home. (later renamed as “U-Turn for a Stable Home”) Kiki said the five years she spent at this new home helped her academic performance a lot, especially English. “I really want to say thank you to the elder sisters here (instructors at “U-Turn for a Stable Home”) for teaching me with heart.”

 

Besides improving in her studies, she has made many precious friends in the new home. “The happiest thing I found here is being with the other kids. I am grateful because they are willing to play with me. I am thankful because they treat me as a friend.”

 

There are 48 children in “U-Turn for a Stable Home”. Instructors not only help them in their homework, but also teach them how to interact and cooperate with others. They offer different trainings, activities, and platform to help them achieve their potential. And one of Kiki’s most unforgettable incidents was….

 

Today Kiki is a talkative and bright girl. She loves people and loves interacting with them. The credit goes to her instructors whom she called elder sisters, and other children who grow up together with her. “The elder sisters here are very nice. They are patient, selfless, and always play with us.”

 

When she recalls these five years she has spent here, Kiki said, “this home is like a tall tree to me. We can play under the tree. It protects us from the sun so we do not get burned, and we can grow up happily….”

 

Believe My Way ("BMW") - Youth Home with Career Guidance and Counseling Service

BMW is founded to help teenagers in difficult situations by offering them at most two years of hostel service. Here they will learn how to live independently, how to grow as a person, how to plan their career path, and getting a job. They will hoefully find their own way of living, and become an employed independent young adult who can contribute to the society. With the completion of the new building, teenagers now have more facilities to learn and enjoy. Music room, library, self-study room, and a comfortable classroom help them achieve their potential by acquiring new knowledge such as occupational English, Mandarin and computer skill…….. They will learn everything they need to be independent in the society.

 

Here we have invited several teenagers to share their stories and how they have changed….

 

Leisure activity – jumping rope

 

What a brand new Life! ~ Michelle, youth of BMW
My father passed away because of a work accident. As a result, my mother, at her very young age, has to take care of me and my younger sister on her own. I didn’t get along too well with family and I was kind of rebellious so I left home when I was 16. I have no shelter and didn’t have friends so I became homeless. One day, an outreach social worker told me about BMW, the Youth Home with Career Guidance and Counseling Service at Evangel Children’s Home and eventually put me through.

 

I had been staying at the BMW hostel for almost three months which have made me learn to deal with my personal issues. I realized one of my weaknesses is that I didn’t like to develop ties or bonds with others and I tend to hide myself away. For example, I lost temper quite easily at work so I quit a job when I didn’t get along with other colleagues. Then the BMW program leader helped me find a job at a church to take care of younger children. I felt as if I regained my lost childhood as I spent time and look after younger kids at church. They made me feel happy even though they are naughty sometimes. This job opportunity opens a door for me in childcare. I will soon work in a new job environment and I hope that I will overcome my weakness and be a better person.

 

Finding My Dream ~ Koey, youth of BMW
“I don’t have parents. My auntie was my guardian but I didn’t get along well with her so I was transferred to ECH and later to the youth hostel. When I first started to interview for job, I felt defeated as almost all the interviews were unsuccessful. Even though I had some pre-job interview practice and training it just didn’t work. I was timid and did not correspond well with the interviewer during job interviews so I decided to improve and polish my job interview skills to get ready for each upcoming job interview. I practiced over and over again various phrases in English and also Putonghua before the interviews. Finally, I got a job at a Japanese restaurant as an apprentice. I will try my best to do better in this Japanese restaurant as I understand my company demands high standard of service. This is not easy as I have to work long hours and to maintain the status quo all along. I had thought of giving up and find another job but after I discussed with BMW’s program leader I thought I ought to take it as a challenge and commit to this job for at least 2 years so hopefully I will have enough work experience and some savings for further education before moving on to working in a bakery.
 

 
(Article provided by E.F.C.C. – Evangel Children’s Home)
 

We often hear people say, “The children nowadays all have more than plenty. They get everything they want, and their parents are over-protective therefore they are spoiled…” However, some children are not so fortunate to enjoy such a joyful life. In the corners of our society, there are some children or teenagers from broken families. Some of them are abused, some the victims of domestic violence; some have no one to depend on because their parents have various issues like long working hours, having two jobs, low income, or poverty.

 

Evangel Children’s Home (ECH) has been established for 56 years with the mission, through the love of Jesus Christ, we serve children and youth who came from deprived family with purposes of nurturing them to grow maturely in all aspects and helping them build up healthy relationships with their families, by the name of the Lord these will be exalted and the community will be benefited.

 

ECH is a small agency but with a strong mission to serve deprived children and youth. We provide three main services, namely: Residential Home Care Service, “U-Turn for a Stable Home” – Residential Day Care and Family Support Service and “Believe My Way – Youth Home with Career Guidance and Counseling”. The latter two are accommodated in the newly established "Holistic Life Development Center”.

 

Holistic Life Development Center - kitchen and dining room

 

We would like to show our heartfelt thanks to Fu Tak Iam Foundation Limited to give full funding support for the construction costs of Holistic Life Development Center that was completed in Oct 2012 which provides us with more opportunities to reach out to those deprived youths and to help them prepared to strive for a better future life by offering them a resting place where their broken hearts can be renewed with self-worth and self-confidence. “U-Turn for a Stable Home Service” is now extended to 48 places for children aged 6 to 12 and lack of suitable caring from family or from deprived family. And "Believe My Way" (‘BMW’) – Youth Home with Career Guidance and Counseling” serves 24 teenagers aged between 18 and 20 who are in difficult situations and lack of family support. BMW is not only a home for them, but also a platform to learn to confront their challenges in the real world, thus to become a responsible and independent person to contribute to others and also the society.

 

Holistic Life Development Center – bedroom

 

Here is a closer look of these services through the sharing of some of our service users as shown below,

 

Ah Wai---A Parent user of "U-Turn for a Stable Home"
It was the end of the world for me. That day, my wife left home, leaving me and my daughter behind. I am a salesman, and because at the time no one could take care of my daughter, I brought her to work with me, and it was very inconvenient.

 

Through the referral of a family service center, I came to Evangel Children’s Home. A social worker greeted us, and after knowing our situation, she arranged us to enroll in the “U-Turn for a Stable Home” program, so that someone can look after my daughter. Sometime later, I found out that I was suffering from depression. Because Evangel Children’s Home helped me look after my daughter over long hours, I was able to visit the doctor and seek counseling from social worker.

 

The name of the service “U-Turn for a Stable Home” is very meaningful to me. Because of their help, my family is renewing. I also walked pass one and another difficulty, and begin to see the silver lining. Although the situation of me and my daughter is still not very stable, because of the great people in the service, I am slowly finding the way out. I would not forget any of their smiles.

 

Kiki --- "Big Tree and I"
From primary two, Kiki has been participating in the day care service of Evangel Children’s Home. (later renamed as “U-Turn for a Stable Home”) Kiki said the five years she spent at this new home helped her academic performance a lot, especially English. “I really want to say thank you to the elder sisters here (instructors at “U-Turn for a Stable Home”) for teaching me with heart.”

 

Besides improving in her studies, she has made many precious friends in the new home. “The happiest thing I found here is being with the other kids. I am grateful because they are willing to play with me. I am thankful because they treat me as a friend.”

 

There are 48 children in “U-Turn for a Stable Home”. Instructors not only help them in their homework, but also teach them how to interact and cooperate with others. They offer different trainings, activities, and platform to help them achieve their potential. And one of Kiki’s most unforgettable incidents was….

 

Today Kiki is a talkative and bright girl. She loves people and loves interacting with them. The credit goes to her instructors whom she called elder sisters, and other children who grow up together with her. “The elder sisters here are very nice. They are patient, selfless, and always play with us.”

 

When she recalls these five years she has spent here, Kiki said, “this home is like a tall tree to me. We can play under the tree. It protects us from the sun so we do not get burned, and we can grow up happily….”

 

Believe My Way ("BMW") - Youth Home with Career Guidance and Counseling Service

BMW is founded to help teenagers in difficult situations by offering them at most two years of hostel service. Here they will learn how to live independently, how to grow as a person, how to plan their career path, and getting a job. They will hoefully find their own way of living, and become an employed independent young adult who can contribute to the society. With the completion of the new building, teenagers now have more facilities to learn and enjoy. Music room, library, self-study room, and a comfortable classroom help them achieve their potential by acquiring new knowledge such as occupational English, Mandarin and computer skill…….. They will learn everything they need to be independent in the society.

 

Here we have invited several teenagers to share their stories and how they have changed….

 

Leisure activity – jumping rope

 

What a brand new Life! ~ Michelle, youth of BMW
My father passed away because of a work accident. As a result, my mother, at her very young age, has to take care of me and my younger sister on her own. I didn’t get along too well with family and I was kind of rebellious so I left home when I was 16. I have no shelter and didn’t have friends so I became homeless. One day, an outreach social worker told me about BMW, the Youth Home with Career Guidance and Counseling Service at Evangel Children’s Home and eventually put me through.

 

I had been staying at the BMW hostel for almost three months which have made me learn to deal with my personal issues. I realized one of my weaknesses is that I didn’t like to develop ties or bonds with others and I tend to hide myself away. For example, I lost temper quite easily at work so I quit a job when I didn’t get along with other colleagues. Then the BMW program leader helped me find a job at a church to take care of younger children. I felt as if I regained my lost childhood as I spent time and look after younger kids at church. They made me feel happy even though they are naughty sometimes. This job opportunity opens a door for me in childcare. I will soon work in a new job environment and I hope that I will overcome my weakness and be a better person.

 

Finding My Dream ~ Koey, youth of BMW
“I don’t have parents. My auntie was my guardian but I didn’t get along well with her so I was transferred to ECH and later to the youth hostel. When I first started to interview for job, I felt defeated as almost all the interviews were unsuccessful. Even though I had some pre-job interview practice and training it just didn’t work. I was timid and did not correspond well with the interviewer during job interviews so I decided to improve and polish my job interview skills to get ready for each upcoming job interview. I practiced over and over again various phrases in English and also Putonghua before the interviews. Finally, I got a job at a Japanese restaurant as an apprentice. I will try my best to do better in this Japanese restaurant as I understand my company demands high standard of service. This is not easy as I have to work long hours and to maintain the status quo all along. I had thought of giving up and find another job but after I discussed with BMW’s program leader I thought I ought to take it as a challenge and commit to this job for at least 2 years so hopefully I will have enough work experience and some savings for further education before moving on to working in a bakery.
 

 
(Article provided by E.F.C.C. – Evangel Children’s Home)