5C has just came back from the field trip to Asbury HK. The trip to Asbury taught us about how others in HK live their lives, but also how Asbury HK organizes themselves to empower themselves and others to take action.
Before we had this field trip, I knew a lot about the circumstance they were living in, but not how they(the residents in that condition) felt about how they were living. This taught me about equality, fairness, politeness, and genuineness. Equality: Even though the residents are much poorer than us, it doesn’t mean that they’re any less than us as a human being. Fairness: Each group got the same money to spend, so it was fair. Politeness: We had to be polite and not ask any embarrassing or sad questions or criticise their living condition because we knew that it’s only because they don’t earn enough money. Genuineness: In our group particularly, we gave many gifts like markers, pencils, a ball and a set of cards to the family, and they knew that it came from the heart.
The family we visited was a family of 4, 2 parents and 2 children. They are HK citizens, so they have not immigrated from another country. Before moving into this subdivided flat, the husband and wife lived in the husband’s mother’s house, but when they decided to have kids, the space became too cramped and they had to move out.
For the mission, we had to use $100 HKD to buy 2 rolls of toilet paper, some fruits and veggies, and some tissues. We used up $95 and still had $5 to spare so we donated it to the family in hopes of a better future. Let me remind you, we hadn’t met the family yet and had to buy the food before meeting them. We bought 2 apples, 6 oranges, some bok choi, tissues, and a pack of toilet paper rolls. I noticed that at the market that we usually bought stuff from was much more expensive than the market we bought the things above at.
I regret not bringing as many toys as I could’ve but at least I donated some for the child. I also feel good about myself and giving others because at least now they have some food to last a week or a few days at least.
All in all, I think this trip is very educational and is an eye-opener for many children and adults.