In recent years, the phenomenon of overly strict and pushy “Monster Parents” or overly caring “Helicopter Parents” believed in “winning at the starting line” is becoming very common in Hong Kong. However, many grassroots parents with lower education are employed in lower tier jobs. They need to spend a lot of time commuting to other districts, and often have long or irregular working hours. Although the government and some NGOs provide after-school child care support services, they can only accommodate a certain number of children in limited service hours, and these services are inadequate to support the massive needs in the society. Many low-income parents cannot get help, and have no time to take care of their children’s homework as well as their daily needs. Children from these families are often left at home unattended, which leave them prone to home accidents, or hang out on the streets, playgrounds or internet café, etc., neglect their studies. These less-fortunate children are “losing at the starting line”, leading to under-performance in their academic results and irresponsible behaviors.
In order to relieve inter-generational poverty and provide a better future to these less-fortunate children, Ten Percent Donation Scheme Foundation sponsored the After-School Care Support Programs in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City, Hung Hom and Tin Shui Wai. Unlike the standard one to two hours tutoring programs organized by the government or other NGOs, our programs provide after-school child care support from 5pm to 9pm. Besides assisting students in their homework and serving dinners, various extra-curricular activities are regularly organized. Students can learn in a safe and good environment, which help them to build up the self-confidence and broaden their horizon.
In the year 2020-2021, our Foundation has supported 162 students in these programs.