Canadian International School of Hong Kong
I am part of one of Habitat for Humanity’s campus chapters at an international school in Hong Kong, which is where I first heard of this organization. I decided to join the Habitat for Humanity club at my school because I support what Habitat aims to do, to provide everyone in the world with a decent place to live. From older members of our club, I would hear about their volunteer experiences, and they all sounded very meaningful. Once I was old enough, I signed up to participate in one of Habitat for Humanity’s ‘project home works’ in Tuen Mun. Here my friends and I helped an elderly woman repaint her kitchen and bathroom ceiling, followed by cleaning her house and washing her dishes. During this volunteering experience, I was exposed to different housing conditions in Hong Kong, and I learned a lot. Growing up in an international school, I am lucky to be provided with a nice home to return to at the end of the day. Joining one of Habitat for Humanity’s project home works made me realize just how fortunate I am, which makes me believe that I have the responsibility of giving back to those in our community who are less fortunate. This experience made me really glad that I joined Habitat for Humanity and chose to volunteer. From my experience, the most satisfying part was seeing the smile on the woman’s face, whose home we repainted and cleaned. It wasn’t until the end, that I realized what great of a difference it made to her.