It’s nothing out of the ordinary: teachers in this Tin Shui Wai school teach.
But what makes them different is that they’re using their own money to help needy students achieve their dreams.
This year, they have helped raise HK$280,000 (US$36,130) including HK$30,000 from among themselves which they pooled into a student grant.
It’s putting everything from a hamburger to an overseas education within their reach, according to Ringo Chan, principal of Buddhist Mau Fung Memorial College.
“Some parents want their children to drop out of school and find work because of financial difficulty,” he said.
“A student once told her teacher she had never eaten a hamburger because she could not afford it.”
Now four students are studying English in Australia and Canada on student grants.
Applicants must show proof of “financial need” to be eligible.
Each goes through a rigorous vetting and approval process.
The fund came together after teachers seeded it with their money.
Public contributions raised another HK$100,000, including a sizable donation from a businesswoman.
When four accounting firms pitched in, they boosted the fund to HK$280,000, Chan said.
New applications will be accepted early next year.
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