Readers of the South China Morning Post have responded with generosity and kindness to the plight of two families of asylum seekers featured in this newspaper this month. One reader took a Cameroonian family-of-four into his home for three days as his guests, offering food, clothes and the friendship of his children to the African family's two-year-old and two-month-old children. Another has promised to pay the family's rent every month. The Post reported on May 17 that hundreds of asylum seekers in Hong Kong awaiting decisions on their refugee status are living in impoverished conditions, having to scavenge for food and unable to afford rent for the smallest cubicle homes. The family from Cameroon and a Nepalese couple, who live in a storeroom, were profiled. For a week after the story ran, calls and e-mails from readers offering cash, food, clothes and other assistance poured into the newspaper's office. The Cameroonian father, 'Jean-Paul', and his wife yesterday said they were overwhelmed by the 'goodness', the 'amazing grace' and the kindness of strangers who they said had 'changed our lives'. Jean-Paul said his benefactor, a Muslim man, said he did what he did 'for God, not for man'. 'They had a big, big, big home and were so nice to us and their sons were playing together with our little boys ... their children saw how kind their parents were to us and they made friends with our sons,' Jean-Paul said. 'Someone gave us rice and vegetables and others gave us money but I can't buy anything because I have lived a long time without means and don't know how to buy things any more ... We have enough now and wish they can help others.' Many readers wanted to offer more long-term help to asylum seekers. A teacher from the CNEC Ta Tung primary school in Kwai Ching said she was organising a project with her students, many of whom also come from low-income families, to help make such asylum seekers' lives easier. Several have contacted Christian Action's Chung King Service Centre, which offers one of the few co-ordinated services for asylum seekers in Hong Kong. Jean-Paul's wife asked the Post to thank those who had helped. The Nepalese couple was simply speechless and could only say 'thank you'.