21 August 2019
To be young and poor is to struggle in Asia's world city. Photo:
To be young and poor is to struggle in Asia's world city. Photo:

Poor kids struggle with tiny space, poor lighting, little food

Around 43 percent of Hong Kong children from poor families live in a space smaller than 80 square feet and over 80 percent of them do not have study tables, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday, citing a recent survey by the Society for Community Organization.

More than 10 percent of them live in a space under 40 square feet while 43 percent do not have sufficient lighting at home, according to the survey of 125 children from poor families, which was conducted between April and July.

The average household income is HK$8,421(US$1,086.52) a month, about 36 percent of which is used to pay for rent. Some families are worried another rent hike could make it hard for them to make ends meet.

One family said they could barely afford to buy food after paying the rent and their son has to do homework at the community center to save on electricity.

The Society for Community Organization, a non-governmental and human rights advocacy group, urged the government to subsidize the poor families’ rents.

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