Student Activities WeekBack
Service Learning Programme
18 - 26 Nov 2017
4D Lam Cheuk Wang
With the passion to serve the underprivileged elderly and children, 14 of us joined the Grace Neighbourhood Centre and Elderly Activity Centre Service Learning Programme.
On the first day, Mr Cheung and Ms Yip of the centre gave us a detailed briefing of the neighbourhood background, noting that the families only managed to land lowpaying jobs whilst facing the surging living costs. On top of financial difficulties, they were also troubled by other issues such as divorce, suicide and domestic violence. We empathised with them and hoped that we could bring them joy and assistance.
However, we were reluctant to interact with the children in our first encounter as they seemed ill-mannered and mischievous. The social workers explained to us that their lack of proper education about manners and respect was largely attributed to their poor background. We came to realise how insensitive we were, and tried to adjust our mind-set and attitude towards these children. It was truly an unforgettable experience as we saw the satisfied and naïve smiles on their faces and heard their heart-warming words of thanks.
The programme not only allowed us to have a better understanding of the less fortunate groups in society, but also trained our sense of responsibility and commitment to community service. Some of us even continued to visit the staff, elderly and children after SAW.