He is a Hong Kong legend. Poverty forced Leung Kee Cheong to drop out of school at 13 and left him with a passion to see quality education given to children in economic need.

Being poor is not a crime, he believes, but refusing to reverse it is. Heis proof of concept. After later qualifying as a teacher, he worked with Hong Kong’s Education Department and, in time, was offered the top job at an elite school. Instead, he took the principal role at theFresh Fish Traders’ School: one started by the Kowloon Fish Traders Association for their children. It is one of Hong Kong’s poorest schools and risked closure until Mr Leung took over.

Today, it thrives, primarily because of its principal and his understanding of his students’ needs. “Children love playing, eating and being loved,” he says.

He makes all three happen in his school. His education methods are fun, using creative lessons to help children grasp information and stay motivated. He ensures they have enough to eat through a food bank he has opened on site to help both the children and their families. His personal care is boundless. His goal is to know each one by name and to visit their families, where possible, to offer support. The door of his office is always open and, inside, students find toys, snacks and a listening ear.

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So, when JP Morgan offered Crossroads computers, we immediately thought of this school. Wonderfully, the finance company added to their donation the money needed for computer refurbishment and the volunteer labour to undertake it. We gave both desktops and laptops to the school, glad to support Leung Kee Cheong in his mission to help create leaders for Hong Kong’s next generation.

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Tshirt_GodworksGiving a computer away is not always as simple as it seems! Each computer Crossroads sends out must be thoroughly cleaned, checked, the hard drive securely erased and missing parts fixed or replaced.

When finance company JP Morgan told us they had 960 computers to donate, we jumped at the offer. But when they said they could also give the finance to refurbish them and the volunteer labour to get them ready for donation, we had no words!

Goodworks_volunteersSoon, 18 of JP Morgan’s IT staff were out at Crossroads’ site, making a start on the refurbishment process.

One of the first to benefit from JP Morgan’s generosity was Hong Kong’s Fresh Fish Traders School, a school with a high proportion of students from lower income families.

The 30 desktops and 20 laptops from the JP Morgan donation were received with delight by the students and staff at the school, where they have now been installed in classrooms to help give the children the same opportunities to engage with technology as their peers.

Hongkong_kids_in_schoolJP Morgan’s innovative scheme won’t end in Hong Kong, however. They hope to replicate the idea across their offices in other countries, finding local partners to refurbish the offices’ surplus computers, ready to give away to schools and other groups in need.

Crossroads can help your company find ways to use technology to help people in need! Email us on engagement@crossroads.org.hk to discuss donating computers, funding for computer refurbishment, or finding NGOs who need your help.

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