Choy Kan is 95 years old and lives on her own in Tai O fishing village, Hong Kong. When Typhoon Hato swept through the city in mid-2017, the traditional homes lining the waterways of Tai O were exposed to terrifying flooding. Local community and emergency services rushed to help elderly residents like Choy Kan, sometimes carrying them from their flooded homes, but once the waters receded, they found that their furniture, appliances and other possessions were damaged beyond repair. Crossroads has been delighted to work with the Tai O community to provide donated goods to restore what was lost, including a fridge and washing machine for Choy Kan (pictured below).
Many from the Hong Kong community, including businesses and our NGO partner ALBA, have already donated to the cause, and our volunteers have visited Tai O in person to help distribute the goods to residents. We’re also working with Kar Wo Lei Tsuen, one of Crossroads’ neighbouring villages, where more homes were badly flooded, and household goods lost. It’s a privilege to be invited to help our neighbours in this way, and we are so very grateful to all who have contributed!