A childhood spent in an orphanage is often painful to recall, but 13 young people are planning to celebrate their time at the Po Leung Kuk by drawing together other past residents and throwing a party - with a purpose. Since the end of July, they have used personal contacts to track down more than 100 people raised by the organisation. 'The 13 of us never met before our first meeting. But after seeing each other once we felt like we could share all our secrets,' said one of the main organisers, Yvonne Ip. Currently a 21-year old student at Baptist University, she spent six years with the group because of family problems. 'I have only happy memories of my days at the Po Leung Kuk. I never had any siblings and I didn't get along with my family. But when I moved into the Po Leung Kuk, I suddenly gained dozens of brothers and sisters,' she said. 'We became one big happy family. I learned what it felt like to take care of each other.' The organisers say the ball is more than a get-together: they hope to use the reunion to establish an association of those who benefited from the kuk's programmes. 'Some of the people we tracked down left more than 10 years ago. There will be people in their teens and lots of people in their mid-thirties. We hope that ... people can make more friends and expand their social network,' Ms Ip said. Once the beneficiaries' group is formed it will help the kuk. Many of the children who are removed from their families and placed in the care of the Po Leung Kuk are very poor. 'Even if they can and want to study, they may not have the money to do so. If they take up part-time jobs their studies will suffer. The [beneficiaries] can help with scholarships and grants.' The Foreign Correspondents' Club offers a scholarship to children under the care of the kuk. Six youths benefited from the fund this year. The club also provides English and Putonghua training. Ms Ip said she was grateful for her years at the Po Leung Kuk, which had taught her valuable life skills. 'I learned how to be patient, how to take care of others and how to forgive. I learned how to cook, how to clean and how to do domestic chores. 'Dumplings, radish cake, sweet and sour pork - name it and I can make it. I learned it from the aunties who took care of me. When I compare myself to people who grew up in a normal family, I can see a real difference - I can take care of myself.'