Sep 12 2012

Reflection for Annual Trip at Dongshan 2012

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Reflection for Annual Trip at Dongshan 2012

Hou BaiJing HKU Year 1

This summer I joined the annual trip of Medical Outreachers and Dongshan part of the trip was very impressive and I wish to visit children in Dongshan again in the near future.

Dongshan part of annual trip lasted for five days and we all made good friends with children there in less-than-a-week time.Dongshan is part of Qingyaun city, Guangdong Province. Villages in Dongshan are surrounded by mountains and there is inadequate water in this area. As a result, Dongshan people are poor and some of them try their best to leave Dongshan to make a better living. Luckily, Green Action started a project there to plant trees to keep and protect water resources. Thanks to the project, many families now do not have to worry about water. Apart from this, Green Action has provided financial support to poor families so that children can proceed their study successfully. I was really impressed by what Green Action has been doing in Dongshan. Children are hope and future of many families, and to a wider extent of the society. Before establishment of education project by Green Action, many children stop school as young as primary school students. Thanks to Green Action, financial problem no longer hinders promotion of study of many capable students. Therefore, contribution to education by Green Action is worth appreciating. However, with limited resources, Green Action can only subsidize students with good performance in academic field. Those less capable students therefore still have to face the cruel reality of poverty and consequences of poverty. Resources of a single NGO are so restrained that it cannot solve all problems in a region. Therefore, I do hope the government can take up the responsibility to invest more in education to provide each student the possibility of receiving further and better esucation. Also, I wish to raise the awareness of education problem in Dongshan among general public. To achieve the goal, as a teammate of publicity team of the trip, we are making a video to present the problem. We do hope the video can arouse interest in Dongshan children and provoke thinking of the problem.

Dongshan trip taught me a lot and I hope to share my impression, witness, thought and inspiration with everyone of you.

Ashleigh Chu (HKU Year1)

Not until meeting those lovely children in Dongshan could I really understand why Dongshan is so attractive to our past participants that they are so eager to re-visit again and again.

Dongshan is no doubt a poor village that beyond my expectation. Can you imagine a place without public lighting facilities and torch is the only essential lighting at night? Or can you imagine a village with only two little stores selling daily necessities? Even more, can you imagine a child living in a cave deep in a forest before being found and sent to school? Before arriving in Dongshan, I could hardly imagine all of these. This annual trip is definitely an eye-opening experience for me.

In this trip, we were lucky enough to have chance walking around the village, following children back to their homes, and even having home visits with their family members. I could never forget how poor their living environment was. In Dongshan, people not living in the main street usually live in a one-storey house. Their houses are often wear and tear with little lighting, and most importantly having hundreds of flies flying all around. I could hardly bare those flies even for a one-hour home visit so I do not dare to imagine how to live or sleep with so many flies sticking on us but those children and villagers are so used to these and manage to do so. I feel great sympathy to them for such a bad living condition but besides psychological support and basic medical checkups, what a medical student can or should do to truly help

people living in Dongshan?

Besides the living environment, children in Dongshan are also another essential element that impressed me most. Children there are of diversified background, some are orphans living in dormitory, some are children left behind by parents who need to work in town, some are elder sisters and brothers in the family with more than four younger siblings needed to be take care of, and some are relatively with no financial burdens, such as being the son of store owner. Despite their diverse background, they are common in the same way that they are really eager to play with us, the big sisters and big brothers from Hong Kong, seeking our attention. They treasure us a lot and so do we. In these short days in Dongshan, I am so glad to have made friends with some of them. Making friends with them do not simply mean playing with them but also giving them love and care, which they are quite lack of in their childhood. Through

chatting and writing letters to them, I hope to be their companion along their path to adulthood and I believe this is the reason why we are so eager to revisit this place again and again.

This annual trip to Dongshan is so precious and memorable to me that I would never

forget any bits of it. I would remember well the smiling faces of the children, the beautiful, unpolluted natural scenery, and most importantly the passion I get to help and serve people in need.

Mak Chun Hei (HKU Year1)

Visiting dongshan was really a valuable experience for me. Before actually going there, I thought my jobs was just to provide voluntary teaching to children, provide health education and conduct basic checkups. However, it was much more than that. We actually made good friends with a lot of children and we gain deep understanding of the difficult situation of the families through home visits. Such experience is valuable and I gain a lot in this trip.

In the first day in Dongshan, we became teachers of Dongshan primary school teaching English and health education. The first lesson was English and we need to teach phonics. To be frank, I was not proficient in English and I knew very little about phonics and I was not well prepared for the lesson. Luckily, one of our teachers had taught this last year and he took up the main role in teaching and I could just occasionally assist his teaching. The second lesson was health education and we taught the pupils the gastrointestinal system. Although my class is primary six, it seemed that they were unfamiliar with the components of gastrointestinal tract and their functions. However, they were quick learners who rapidly memorize the main organs and the functions of the organs in the gastrointestinal system. After one day of teaching, my impression to the pupils was they were quite smart but sometimes not confident enough to answer questions. I think they were as competent as Hong Kong pupils but they were just less fortunate to receive better education.

The second day was a Saturday and we organised a Sports day for the children. I was in the compass team and I had to teach the children the correct way in using compass and then led them to use compass to complete a task. The first group of pupils I had to guide was of primary 2. It seems that they had not learnt about directions and using compass was a bit too difficult for them so we simplified the task for them and explained the concepts in greater detail. But after explanation, they were able to find the 8 directions using the compass. The second group of pupils was of primary 6 and they demonstrate deep knowledge in using compass and they were able to complete the task with minimal assistance. The compass teaching experience had further deepened my impression that the children in Dongshan are actually as smart as their counterparts in Hong Kong or in other developed countries.

The next few days I conducted a few home visits. I think that visiting the student’s home was a good experience. It was because through visiting them, I got to know how far some of the students have to walk to school. Besides, I understood what were the difficulties which they and their families encounter. Although Green Action has greatly improved the water supply in Dongshan, in some months of the year, e.g. June, villagers may have insufficient water supply which made their lives difficult. Moreover, most families had low income which can only merely meet their expenses. In one of the families I visited, the grandfather of the child had a traffic accident a few years ago and the family had to borrow money for the medical cost. They carry a huge debt and this made their lives pretty difficult.

This trip was a valuable life experience for me. It made me understand that there are still many people in China who require our help. Although this service trip may not actually help them to improve their living condition, at least it allow them to know that there still many people out there who love and care about them.

Wendy Leung (CU Year 1)

This trip in Dong Shan is definitely a worth joining trip without any regrets! At the beginning I was quite afraid of not being able to get along with kids. However, when I saw them on the first day, some of them gave me bright smiles and asked me who I am! This gave me courage to start chatting with them and play with them.

Teaching primary five on the first day was a great challenge to me. We were still not familiar to the environment in Dong Shan and the children there. So I was quite embarrassed at the first lesson when I found them not quite responsive. But then I tried to talk to some of them during recess and they started to get more involved in the following lessons. At the last lesson which was game time, we played “The world most…”and they were very active and lively. This was a good experience to me as a teacher as I could see their changes when I saw my “students” getting more and more active and involved in class.

Mowing was also a very special yet unforgettable experience to me as I have never tried to hold a sickle before, no need to mention mowing. On the way to the place for mowing, we needed to hike for about an hour. We were paired up with the children and I got this golden chance to talk to her for quite a long time. I got more familiar with her studies in school, her dreams, her hobbies, her family conditions and so on. This was quite different from the previous days as most of the time we were playing and chatting with a group of children. So we could just talk about some very simple things such as their names and which forms they were in. However, through the way to the mowing place, I could stay with one child only and had a long chat with

her. Therefore, we could talk about more personal stuff. When we arrived at the place of mowing, I was surprised by how skillful the children were in mowing when compared to us! They could clear quite a large area in a short time while I was still struggling with a small piece of land. That day was really a great day to me and I have got a really nice time with the children.

Those days in Dong Shan were great moments to me. Every day I was overwhelmed by the warmth of the children. Every day was a day full of happiness and laughter. Every day was a chance for me to play and chat with kids. It was so worth cherishing that I never wanted the trip to end.

Though Dong Shan was hot and all we got are fans but not air-conditioners, I still love the place and the people there. Their smiling faces are not based on their materialistic comfort, but the close relationships between them and the simple lives they are living. They do not have expensive entertainments, but a basketball can give them tremendous fun. They do not have Haagen- Dazs ice-cream, but an icy bottle of orange juice can give them so much joy. They showed me that simple can be great, and life can be happy just because it is simple.

Janice Liu (CU Year1)





Antonia Castilho (CU Year2)


很久以就聽過曾經到訪東山的朋友說過這裡的事,而我打從那時候便很嚮往親身到訪這個地方。我們到東山的目的,主要是和那裡的留守兒童相處,透過傾談玩樂去跟他們交朋友,又透過家訪嘗試深入了解他們的家庭背景和生活狀況。若發現充滿潛質但又因家境貧困而未能升學的孩子,我們就有責任告知力行的負責人,商量一下是否能提供經濟援助給他們。而為求達到更深入和全面的了解,和能掌握他們隨著成長的轉變,這項工作是需要長期付出的 — 我們當中有不少是曾多次到東山來過的義工。他們對東山的小朋友已建立了較深厚的友誼,而且都會以書信保持來往,以增進彼此間的了解。最初,我有點兒擔心,擔心自己會不會不懂得和這些成長經歷和我這樣不同的小孩交往呢?後來我發現,這些孩子想和我們交朋友的熱心程度真能打破許多隔膜,他們絕不會讓任何一位哥哥姐姐被冷落!反而,連很多初次到訪的同學都終日被小孩子「鎖定」了,一大清早還未張開眼的時候已經能聽到小孩呼喚著哥哥姐姐的聲音了。


然而,我覺得農村裡的生活亦非我們想像中簡單,我們若硬把自己的價值觀套用在別人的身上,有時候對他來說未必是最好的……我認為這種道理我們都需要慢慢學習,逐步累積經驗。希望日後我會有機會再到東山這個地方,除了更深入了解這裡的人外,亦藉此更深入了解自己 — 願我在這裡學到的,不僅能幫助這些小孩,更能使我成為更好的醫生,幫助我未來的每一位病人!

Jiminy Liu (CU Year2)






Felip Lai (CU Year1)




Karen Yueng (HKU Year1)

今次是我第二次通過力行植林慈善基金會到內地進行服務工作。上一次到陽山縣參與「扶貧復明」- 白內障手術篩查的時候,只感覺到村民的生活素質一點也不富足,但是經過今次東山一行,就親身體會到貧窮對中國農村家庭的影響。




譚慧琳 CU Year 1

東山之旅,最令我意想不到的,就是我不只是付出了,而是獲得了。出發到東山以先,我一心希望能將我的關心送給當地的村民,令他們知道他們並不是被忽略的一群,同時也希望能透過一些教學的環節,將我所知道部分的衛生知識教導小朋友們,增加他們的衛生意識。此外,也是希望家訪時能向老人家們送上祝福,同時,也能為他們作簡單的身體檢查等。我一直都認為醫學行的目的就是要提供機會讓我能多服務他人,讓我能帶給他們什麼什麼的,但原來,我錯了。 是次東山行,讓我穫得了不少。


教學,燃起我要更努力讀書的心。看到那些小朋友,雖然家境貧困,他們仍努力讀書,讓我覺得自己很不勤奮。我是被安排教學前班。 學前班的小朋友們非常可愛,每天都帶著笑臉非常活潑的來上課。雖然教的很少,就ABC而已,但和他們一起玩耍,也就是很快樂。當然學前班的小朋友談不上什麼勤力不勤力,但當我於課餘時間接觸其他小朋友的時候,還有從同學的口中,都發現農村的小朋友都很用功讀書。雖然他們的生活的環境和條件都比我們差幾倍,但他們學習的心比我們更熱衷。相比起他們,我們既有良好優厚的生活環境,且有很多學術上支援的時候,不是應更用心的去讀書,學習做一個好醫生嗎?


Au Chi Chun ( CU Year 2)



也發現,原來哥哥姐姐一些簡單的說話,也為他們帶來一些影響。我曾不經意地和一女孩開玩笑說:Janice 這個名字我覺得不適合你喎!沒想到她竟然會回信說:那你幫我起一個新名字好嗎?家訪的時候也發現到,有些時候一些簡單衛生的小建議,父母聽到後下年再來家庭環境真的改善了!這些也是意想不到的事。












Kah Hie Wong (HKU Year 2)


正所谓: “三岁定终生”,通过这个东山之旅,我更能深深地体会到。这也是为什么我们的东山之旅主要是在小孩子的方面着手,从而深入至家庭探访。有机会做家庭探访的小孩子,更是让我深深了解到小孩子的言行举止、思想行为,都是有迹可寻的。例如,小孩子是否注重个人卫生,每天洗澡刷牙,视乎监护人是否有严加管教,本身是否亦注重个人卫生,同时也视乎家境是否负担得起平日所须的牙刷及牙膏。住在大径街的家庭大致上相对来说较为富裕,因此,大致上并没有个人卫生的问题。而住在上坪及下坪的家庭则是恰好相反。




Chris Cheung ( HKU Year1 )





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