I am not afriad of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today~William Allen White

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The One Million Three Hundred Thousand Others

Under the rich facade and hustle bustle metropolitan of Hong Kong, it’s a wakeup call to know 20% of the population live in poverty.  Every one in seven people could barely get by and put food on the table.  The financial hub of Asia has a huge income gap between the rich and the poor, and it feels appropriate to lend a voice to this unspoken group of people.  Don’t underestimate the contribution of this group, they help make everyday life easier and better for all of us.  They help keep the streets clean, rubbish bins clear of waste, recycled products properly categorized, and goods delivered across Hong Kong.  All things start from the very bottom of the chain that help build a solid and rooted foundation. 

 

HK is dotted with premium high-end brands tailored to the upper middle class and mega rich

the image of HK commonly on display--the financial hub of Asia--a city of mega high-rises

picking through trash hoping to find tin cans to trade in for money

delivering goods to shops that often require extensive amount of walking while pushing heavy loads

pushing a full cart of cardboard to the nearest collection center to earn some money

collecting scraps and appliances for money

handing out leaflets and fliers to people walking by for hours under the heated sun in the summer and cold wind in the winter

taking a much needed break in the middle of the street on a small plastic stool

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