This group of youths developed their own programmes to support the less privileged in society.
It all started with a simple idea.
In 2013, Francesca Wah wanted to give presents to less privileged kids during Christmas. Not knowing where to start, she went on Facebook to ask her friends if they would like to contribute by donating or buying toys.
To her surprise, her post received an overwhelming response. The reaction made her realise that the power of community begins with providing a platform for people to give.
The incident spurred her to start Bringing Love To Every Single Soul (BLESS). Francesca gathered some friends through word of mouth, one of them being Leung Sin Hang, who is the current CEO of BLESS.
Officially founded in 2014, BLESS is an avenue for people to participate in community work.
The initiative offers five programmes for underprivileged children and seniors such as 'Bringing Love To Every Small Soul' and 'Bringing Love To Every Single Senior'.
AN OVERVIEW OF BLESS'S FIVE PROGRAMMES.
Since its inception, BLESS has achieved a total of 6,890 volunteer man hours – an impressive figure, given how young the organisation is. From a small team of 21 people, BLESS currently has 45 members, all in their 20s.
Today, Francesca and Sin Hang lead the organisation together.
MEMBERS OF BLESS INCLUDING FRANCESCA (FOURTH FROM LEFT) AND SIN HANG (SECOND FROM RIGHT).
One of their most successful programmes thus far is 'Shining Star'. Conducted by volunteers and team members from BLESS, Shining Star is a bi-weekly reading session that caters to children from low income families.
Led by Sin Hang, BLESS collaborated with the South-West CDC to encourage residents to join their free reading sessions.
'Shining Star', which started in 2014, also helps these children to improve on their language abilities and social skills.
THE SHINING STAR BENEFICIARIES POSING TOGETHER WITH THEIR "BIG SISTERS" FROM THEIR BI-WEEKLY READING SESSIONS.
PHOTO CREDIT: BLESS
"During these reading sessions, I see volunteers forming personal connections with the kids. They joke with each other and seeing that makes me really happy, as it makes them want to be even more committed," said Sin Hang, 23.
SO FAR, BLESS HAS CONDUCTED 50 READING SESSIONS FOR 120 CHILDREN BENEFICIARIES.
PHOTO CREDIT: BLESS
Another programme that BLESS hopes to develop is 'Bringing Love To Every Single Stranger', a programme that aims to teach the right values and attitudes to students. It is a Values-in-Practice (VIP) programme that will be implemented in three primary schools this year.
"Many school programmes do not directly encourage good behaviour. With the National Institute of Education, we developed booklets for lower, middle and upper primary (schools) that teach values such as responsibility and discipline," said Sin Hang.
In the long term, BLESS aims to work towards sustainability. Using 'Shining Star' as an example, Sin Hang hopes their volunteers can run the programme without any interference from the team.
"With fully sustainable community groups for our programmes, BLESS will have more time and resources to set up even more [programmes]," said Sin Hang.
Click here to find out more about BLESS and how you can help.