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Charity Faces Challenges from Social Changes

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Charity Faces Challenges from Social Changes

For over 40 years, the Community Chest has helped the needy in Hong Kong to overcome their hard times. However, under the current of social changes, the Community Chest is facing its own challenges as well. [Good headline]


‘We are facing three major challenges right now,’ said Louie Tong Hang-shing, manager of Community Relations from the Community Chest. ‘Namely: aging population, the increasing youth problems, and the widening of gap between the rich and poor.’[Fantastic introduction]


In 2007, population of people over 65 year-old was around 11% of Hong Kong’s population. But it is expected that the percentage will rise rapidly to 27% in 2033. ‘Amount our services for the elderly,’ added Tong. ‘Serving the patients with dementia is the most demanding.’ Dementia not only affects the patients themselves, but also their family, as they need to pay efforts on both physical and psychological needs of the patients. [The connection between the rising percentage of elserly people and dementia/financial drain is implied, but should be explicitly stated.]


Meanwhile, there is increasing demand for youth services, especially for those who had experienced compensated dating [What is this?]. According to a research conducted by Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service, the number of compensated dating in 2011 is six times more than that of 2007. Therefore, Tong suggested that a more complementary counseling service is needed in the coming days. [I still don't know what the fundamental problem is]


Last but not least, the gap between the rich and poor is becoming wider and wider nowadays. According to Tong, there are almost 1.3 million people in Hong Kong living under the poverty line. ‘Worse still, 380 thousand of the population living in poverty is children and teenagers’ said Tong. ‘This may cause intergenerational poverty in the long term.’ As those youngsters cannot have enough resources to reach tertiary education, they may not be able to earn much income in the future. Thus, they may be forced to stay in the unprivileged class even when they grow up. [You just talk about poverty, but not the wealth gap. These are two differnet, but related, issues, and you do not connect them.]


To solve the above problems, Tong explained that the Community Chest will allocate its donation wisely in the coming future [how? What is the overlying strategy?], so that the funds can be beneficial to people from every age group and every level. --095137 周海喬 CHAU, HOI KIU PHOEBE 2012年3月13日 (二) 19:13 (UTC)

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