Leaning against the wall and holding a handrail, Grandma Hon slowly sat down on the public corridor. The 87-year-old widow kept looking into the house and said in a shy smile, “I’m very grateful to have so many of you coming to help me. You are all awesome. Thanks for the hard work!”
Grandma Hon is half Vietnamese and half Chinese. Getting married at the age of 20, she gave birth to a boy, but soon after her husband re-married. In the 1960s, Grandma Hon decided to emigrate to Hong Kong to turn the page in face of her disappointing marriage.
Although life was tough, Grandma Hon had never laid the blame on others. A strong faith in Taoism has cultivated her selfless and humble personalities. “Don’t be greedy. Help when you can. When you have a bowl of rice, share half of it with those in need,” Her words echoed brightly through the empty house. While many of us may engage in charity giving at times, Grandma Hon exemplifies what true philanthropy is – to give more than she can and expect nothing in return. Scavenging to survive, she donates most of her earnings to a local charity. More than 10 years ago, her son passed away in Canada. She donated most of her deceased son’s estates to charities and kept a small amount of money to arrange a funeral.
Living alone in Oi Man Estate for over four decades, this old lady in her 80s is now experiencing immense old age difficulties in taking care of her old house because of health problems and unsteadiness in walking. With a lack of cleaning, the house was dirty, if not smelly. Cracks were seen on the dusty and grimy walls.