Yuet Sim at the Food Angel community centre
Four years ago, an elder Yuet Sim who was reaching age 80, resided alone in the makeshift ‘rooftop flat’ on the ninth floor at an old Chinese tenement building with inadequate facilities in one of the poorest districts in Hong Kong. The flat was without a kitchen, toilet nor a proper bed frame. As the structure was built with simple metal sheets, it got stuffy during sunny days, and water is leaked on cooler rainy days. Every day, Yuet Sim collected cardboard boxes from the streets to make a living, and life was harsh. With a small social circle, Yuet Sim saw Food Angel Community Center as her second home, as a place she can chat and hang around with the other fellow diners, volunteers and staff.
Four years onward, Yuet Sim has gained a bit of “happy weight”, as she has finally been allocated a flat at a public housing estate, so she is spared from taking nine flights of stairs to reach home. She is also eligible to obtain government subsidy, thus she no longer has to collect cardboard boxes to earn a living. Although things have changed for the better, you can still find Yuet Sim at our community centre daily, making pleasant conversations with her friends there. She still sees the Food Angel community centre as her second home.
While some may say Yuet Sim’s life is still rather bland, she is grateful and content for her current living, as she knows not to take love and care for granted. Yuet Sim, we hope you know that our hearts are also full with joy and contentment to see your satisfied and worry-free smile every day.
There are over 1.4 million in Hong Kong living in poverty, and among them 30% are elderly. Please donate and support Food Angel's food rescue and food assistance programme, and help many other singletone elderly like Yuet Sim.