Tin Shui Wai top recipient of new community projects
The government has given another HK$43 million to 29 community projects, half of them for Tin Shui Wai, to strengthen relationships in the neighbourhoods.
The projects include a home service for children after classes, a mentorship programme to build up the neighbourhood network, and some get-togethers.
The chairman of the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund committee, Yeung Ka-sing, said yesterday that the 12th batch of the funding allocation selected the largest number of projects in a single batch since the fund was established in 2002.
Of the 29 newly approved projects, which are expected to benefit 12,000 people, 14 have targeted Tin Shui Wai. The district is labelled as troubled after a mentally ill mother threw her children out of a window before jumping to her death last year.
'Because of the wide publicity Tin Shui Wai [has received], it attracted more applications from the residents there,' Mr Yeung said.
The fund has given more than HK$160 million in the past six years. In response to criticism that criteria for receiving funds were harsh, Mr Yeung said the money ultimately came from the public through the government and care should be taken. The fund was granted HK$300 million when it was established.
One of the successful applicants in this batch, the 'Tin Chef' Neighbourhood Mutual Support Project, will receive a total of HK$2.1 million over three years from 2008.
Antony Pang Woon-kei of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, who made the application, said the programme would train a group of 'Tin Chefs' to offer practical advice and help to Tin Shui Wai families so they could prepare healthy and inexpensive meals.
'We want to encourage families to spend time together at mealtimes. Cooking and having meals together can strengthen relationships,' Mr Pang said.
The committee has invited applications for the next batch of funding. The closing date is May 30.