Hong Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated city, and because of the lack of space, one of the most expensive places in the world to live in. Statistics show more than one fifth of the population lives below the poverty line, and nearly one fifth of those are children. Low-income families are often cramped in subdivided apartments, with the average living space per person around 50 square feet.
This has far reaching consequences. Research studies also show that children in disadvantaged families tend to have less access to opportunities and therefore more likely to remain poor in adulthood, creating intergenerational poverty.
In Hong Kong, the Human Safety Net’s For Families program has partnered with OneSky for all children to provide children, ages 0 – 6, an opportunity and space to play and grow through an educational play centre in Sham Shui Po, one of Hong Kong’s poorest areas. Through play, children are able to develop their physical, cognitive, and social-emotional skills. The program also aims at educating caregivers in OneSky’s responsive care approach, so that they can learn how to interact with a child to have a positive impact on the child’s development, especially in their formative years.
We hope that all children can grow in a loving and caring environment, with equal opportunities to maximize their full potential, and ultimately, break the cycle of poverty.