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  • Writer's pictureSarah Keates

5 Ways You Can Make a Difference in Hong Kong's Homelessness Crisis


We all know Hong Kong as a high-contrast city. Fancy, expensive buildings sit next to run-down, old walk ups. Wet markets and local fruit and veg stands line the same streets as ultra-high-end luxury stores and Michelin-starred restaurants. For the people of Hong Kong, this contrast is no different. 

Although prosperity and affluence are seemingly everywhere, there exists a stark reality - homelessness. ImpactHK, a dedicated NGO, is on a mission to eradicate this issue, and you can be a crucial part of this movement. Here are five impactful ways you can contribute to the cause and help create a positive change in the lives of those experiencing homelessness.

1) Join a Kindness Walk 

These walks provide a unique opportunity to interact with those experiencing homelessness, bringing empathy and understanding. It's a chance to connect on a personal level, breaking down stereotypes and building bridges of compassion. “On kindness walks, we hand out essential supplies to those that need it. We take time with each individual, helping them to feel less isolated and more hopeful of a better future” said Jeff Rottmeyer, Founder and CEO of ImpactHK.

2) Donate or Host Your Own Fundraiser Campaign

Make a tangible impact by contributing financially to the cause. Whether it's a direct donation or organising a fundraiser campaign, every dollar counts. Host events like bake sales, sponsored runs, or charity auctions to raise funds that will directly support local charities' initiatives to eradicate homelessness from the streets of Hong Kong.

3) Educate Yourself and Others

Knowledge is a powerful tool in the fight against homelessness. Take the initiative to educate yourself and others about the challenges faced by the homeless community. Reducing stigma and increasing understanding are vital steps toward creating a compassionate society. By gaining insights into their struggles, you can help break down barriers and give these individuals a fair chance at a better life. “It’s a common misconception that homeless people are lazy or to blame for their circumstances. More often, these individuals have faced adversity beyond their control including orphanhood or job loss. Without a family to lean on for support, it’s easier to end up on the streets than you might think," says Rottmeyer.

4) Provide Opportunities for Employment

One of the most sustainable ways to assist those seeking to escape homelessness is by offering job opportunities. Collaborate with ImpactHK to create programmes or initiatives that provide meaningful employment for individuals looking to rebuild their lives. Empowering them with skills and job prospects is a crucial step toward breaking the cycle of homelessness.

5) Choose Respectful Language

Language plays a pivotal role in shaping perceptions. When discussing the homeless community, it's essential to be mindful of the words we use. Avoid stigmatising language that perpetuates stereotypes. Instead of saying "homeless people," opt for "people experiencing homelessness." This simple shift in language emphasises the temporary nature of their situation, fostering a more compassionate and understanding attitude within the community.

To find out more about ImpactHK, visit their website or follow them on socials.


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