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「我同仔仔講,人生無咁順⋯⋯但係都要堅持落去,雖然有波折,但總會過去。」(Chinese Only)

「我同仔仔講,人生無咁順⋯⋯但係都要堅持落去,雖然有波折,但總會過去。」(Chinese Only)

每日在菜檔做兼職、接子放學,母子兩人攜手回家,吃一頓家常便飯,是申麗平(阿平)最簡單的幸福。不過,兒子耀揚約在半年前,右腳股骨突然移位,需要套上支架長期卧床。 相依為命的兩母子生活大亂,10 歲大的兒子頓成嬰兒,洗澡、如廁都要照顧;阿平難以離家工作,柴、米、油、鹽、房租等金錢壓力湧至,她都會偷偷躲起來哭。但擦乾眼淚後,就繼續上路,四出尋求幫助。她說:「做阿媽係咁㗎啦,堅持!如果唔係我個仔點算!」 五年級的耀揚與其他小孩無異,好玩好動,最愛打籃球。去年11 月,耀揚右腳膝蓋疼痛,阿平起初以為只是兒子太好動致肌肉酸痛,帶他去看鐵打。但他其後膝蓋腫脹,無法走路,一到急症室就要立即留院。原來兒子患上罕見兒童疾病「股骨頭缺血性壞死」(PerthesDisease);阿平憶述,當時已心知不妙,「醫生話佢右邊股骨移位,仲有骨枯,要做大手術」。   擔心兒子未必能承受手術,阿平一邊聽醫生解釋,已一邊淚流滿臉。可幸是,手術前仍有一線轉機,假若耀揚帶上支架後,穩定到股骨位置,能夠靠骨頭增生,移正股骨,未必需要做手術。為了讓兒子有機會逃過手術,阿平將耀揚接回家照顧。塑膠製支架套著耀揚的腰部至大腿,轉身都有難度,更莫說要自理。阿平說:「真係當佢BB 咁,抱佢起身,推佢沖涼、去廁所。」   原在菜檔的兼職因而放棄,阿平已是「手停口停」,房租限期將至,本堅持自力更生的她要申請綜緩,每次到元朗市中心交文件,都不能留下耀揚一人在家,只好推著兒子上輪椅,擠上輕鐵綫,其間更要擔心耀揚的右腳受碰撞而移位。四周的壓力令阿平難以入睡,亦常常流淚,但為免影響兒子心情,亦只得偷偷地哭。   綜緩審批期需時,其間阿平四處打探不同的經濟緩助,最終認識到保良局轄下,服務元朗和天水圍區的「天朗膳糧坊」的短期食物援助計劃。阿平說,一致電已有即時回應,社工得悉她不便外出,就派人家訪,「一見到吳姑娘已唔識講嘢⋯⋯ 覺得好溫暖」。   食物援助最長為期8 星期,派發乾糧如米、麵、餅乾、超級市場現金券等。計劃因應阿平特別需要,提供上門派餐服務。一包餅乾已令耀揚很高興,阿平說,兒子拿著餅乾不放呢。   透過食物援助計劃,阿平渡過了綜緩審批期,兒子卧床半年後,情況已大大改善,可望未來可拆除支架。耀揚學業因病而暫停,他時有擔心,但阿平勉勵他,照顧好身體,不怕沒將來,「我同仔仔講,人生無咁順⋯⋯ 但係都要堅持落去,雖然有波折,但總會過去。」 天朗膳糧坊 查詢電話︰ 2658 1511
你在,月便圓 (Chinese Only)

你在,月便圓 (Chinese Only)

患有腦退化症的長者,若然給他選擇,最後一點記憶留給誰,大概每個人也會留給相依大半生的另一半。   馮伯伯也不例外,80多歲的他患有腦退化症,記憶日漸褪色的他,唯有太太馮婆婆是他腦海最亮麗的色彩。馮婆婆每日到院舍探望,馮伯伯吃飯也會吃得更好,有一次馮婆婆感冒來不了安養院,馮伯伯就不斷地嚷著:「老婆呢?老婆呢?打電話俾我老婆啦!」   因著這份牽掛,也因著對丈夫的愛,馮婆婆風雨不改,每天也來到安養院,為伯伯預備水果,然後一口又一口的餵到伯伯咀裡。同樣的動作,每天重複,大概這就是細水長流。   60年前的那個月圓,他們相識。結婚那天攝影師的出錯,所有婚照都沒了,當天的遺憾,成為了兩人今天回想時的笑話。在馮太心目中,照片已不重要,回憶已牢牢刻在腦裡,她最緊張的,是馮伯伯的身體,每當她聽到護理員跟她說: 「醒常今日好叻呀,全份午餐都食晒!」她就會眉開眼笑:「好呀好呀,亞婆開心晒。」   問馮婆婆最開心的事,她重複的說:「感謝保良局的悉心照顧,讓他入住後可以移走胃喉,可以吃飯。」馮婆婆最記掛的,是想馮伯伯吃得好。   這對可愛的老夫妻,讓小編見證什麼是細水長流,什麼是承諾。婚照沒了,當天那「無論疾病、貧苦‧‧‧‧‧‧」的結婚誓言,今天仍然持守著。   祝福馮伯伯及馮婆婆,人月兩團圓,繼續美滿幸福,吃得好,生活安好。   鳴謝:保良局黃竹坑安養院
Professional Dancer -Ching

Professional Dancer -Ching

Yu Tin Ching (Ching) has resided in Po Leung Kuk’s dormitory (also known as “the House”) since 2 years-old. The shy little boy would only sit quietly aside in the beginning, even the in-house staff could hardly notice him. Fortunately, he got his chance to shine on stage. Whenever Ching danced, the invisible boy stole the limelight and became the “dancing king” among the children in the House.     Ching loves dancing since he was small. He originally taught himself by watching online dance tutorials. However, it is difficult to master the basic skills or make further progress through self-study. Luckily, Ching met with another dancing enthusiast, Ms. Cheung, in Primary 4. Ms. Cheung discovered the talents of Ching, she initiated him into dance trainings and practices, as well as arranged him to participate in various stage performances of the Kuk, such as the Child Sponsors’ Day, so as to build up his self-confidence gradually.     Ching dreams of becoming a professional dancer. He hopes to learn more dancing techniques from dance schools, but stepping out from the comfort zone of the House and the expensive tuition fee made him feel confused about his future. “Do you really want to be a Dancer?” Ms. Cheung reassured Ching and let him finally made up his mind.    Later with the help of Ms. Cheung and social workers, Ching received financial assistance from “Angels for Orphans” programme of Po Leung Kuk, and started learning jazz dance and street dance at professional dance schools. At the last Child’s Sponsor Day of this 18-year-old boy, Ching decided to express his gratitude to the Sponsors by delivering his best dancing performance before leaving the House.    After DSE, Ching targets to enter The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to further develop in dance studies and achieve his dream as a dancer, “I wish that one day, I can come back to the House as dance tutor, and contribute to the Child Sponsor’s Day.” 
特殊孩子媽媽的分享(Chinese only)

特殊孩子媽媽的分享(Chinese only)

母親背起孩子,所擔起的除了孩子重量,更有別人目光、家人想法、長輩意見、同儕壓力、自我質疑、對孩子期望,那重量有時令媽媽也忘記了自己。   特殊孩子媽媽情況更甚。   五歲的梓謙有自閉傾向,梓謙媽媽在照顧孩子時像變了另一個人。 「我會乜都鬧左先,好想佢快d跟上進度,好想佢快d肯聽從指令。」 怒氣背後,是壓力,是無助,是擔心。 「好想兒子由主流教育轉到特殊幼兒中心,呢個係對佢最好安排,長輩卻反對。喺公眾地方,因為兒子唔聽話,外人常時報以奇怪目光,最難聽係聽到人講『你個仔係咪傻架?』令我自信心好低落。」   自閉症孩子不善表達情感,因此社交能力亦較弱。在管教上,父母很想改善,卻有時適得其反,變成了壓力的源頭,關係的破口。   一年多前,梓謙開始在保良局曹金霖幼兒學習中心受訓,梓謙媽媽亦在社工及臨床心理學家的幫助下,了解如何管教特殊孩子。   中心強調建立孩子自信,鼓勵梓謙做小班長;治療師亦作出針對性介入,以梓謙喜歡的英文作切入點,開始訓練。起初梓謙在上堂時仍有打人的行為,一年多後,行為及自我管理能力亦大大改進。   至於梓謙媽媽,亦在過程中重新認識自己,掌握母子關係的真諦。   「我唔可以將別人標準掛喺自己兒子身上,以前嘅我,一心想兒子進步,卻無理會自己都應該要進步,過份要求孩子其實係無用嘅。社工同埋臨床心理學家令我了解到,我疏忽左自己做家長嘅應有態度。我好想多謝盧經理、社工馬姑娘、臨床心理學家吳生,喺我最困難嘅時候陪住我成長!」   曹金霖幼兒學習中心盧頴經理表示:「我好欣賞梓謙媽媽好努力去學習,亦都好重視同梓謙嘅關係。喺幫助特殊孩子嘅同時,我哋更加需要係陪伴家長去面對,因為一方面家長扮演好重要嘅角色,佢哋嘅積極參與、正面接納小朋友嘅態度,對改善孩子情況帶來事半功倍,另一方面,家長往往係最受壓果個,我哋必須要有專業支援。」   表達能力、情緒控制的改善,令梓謙在最新一次評估只是輕度,更令梓謙媽媽感到欣慰是,他與兒子關係的改善,「兒子常時會走來叫我一齊玩車車,又要我抱抱。」當問到有什麼說話想跟梓謙說,媽媽深呼吸了一口氣,然後說:「梓謙多謝你陪住我,我哋一齊努力,你嘅出現,令我知道媽媽有好多野都要學習,多謝你俾機會我學習做一個好媽媽!」   世上最難擔任的崗位,就是父母,然而,卻只能邊做邊學,梓謙媽媽回顧自己與孩子的改變,很想勉勵同路人:「你開心,孩子就會開心架!所以,盡量自己開心一點,放鬆一點,孩子係會俾你嘅欣賞打動架!」   淚水養大孩兒,在此向每一位媽媽,送上最真摯的祝福及感謝。