Date
20 September 2017
Angel Ho (third from right) takes time out last year to volunteer her services in Sierra Leone. Photo: Angel Ho/MSF
Angel Ho (third from right) takes time out last year to volunteer her services in Sierra Leone. Photo: Angel Ho/MSF

HK woman engineers hospital mission in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is not on the top of everyone’s destinations but for 27-year-old University of Hong Kong engineering graduate Angel Ho it was a natural place to volunteer her skills.

After a stint in Sierra Leone last year, Ho, who works for a big engineering contractor in Hong Kong, decided to take unpaid leave this year to help Médecins Sans Frontières expand its medical facilities in the Central Asian country.

In an interview with am730, Ho said just a little effort can be enough to change someone else’s life, and providing logistics services for doctors is as important as treating the sick.

Since arriving in Afghanistan two months ago, Ho has traveled to several provinces beyond the capital, Kabul, to help build hospitals. She said communication with other co-workers is no problem because everyone uses English.

Constrained by local customs, Ho has to stay in her dormitory most of the time she isn’t working but she does keep in touch with her family every day on WhatsApp.

The engineer was aware of what awaited her in Afghanistan and the difficulties have not been discouraging. Instead, she says, they have taught her how precious freedom is and given her a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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