Maria Sung (left) set up Holy Cafe to give her autistic daughter Flora (right) some independence and job training. The cafe employs 11 staff with special needs. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
Maria Sung (left) set up Holy Cafe to give her autistic daughter Flora (right) some independence and job training. The cafe employs 11 staff with special needs. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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‘Staying at home – that is not a life’: mother set up social enterprise cafe in Hong Kong to get her autistic daughter out of the house – now she has 11 staff with special needs

  • Holy Cafe looks like any other at first glance, but the Hong Kong social enterprise employs 11 staff with Down’s syndrome, impaired hearing and autism
  • ‘The staff love coming to work,’ says proprietor Maria Sung, who gives them training and a salary to be independent. But pandemic woes threaten its survival

Maria Sung (left) set up Holy Cafe to give her autistic daughter Flora (right) some independence and job training. The cafe employs 11 staff with special needs. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
Maria Sung (left) set up Holy Cafe to give her autistic daughter Flora (right) some independence and job training. The cafe employs 11 staff with special needs. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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