“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” - Prov 22:6

Open Rice


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In and around Junk Bay, there are many school children with busy parents, who are thus at a loose end in the after-school hours. They spend their time alone at home, or loiter in parks and fast food restaurants, missing out on family life. These children are highly susceptible to either forming juvenile gangs, or being recruited by the Triads.

In response, we started an “Open Rice” time, where twice a week, we open our home in Junk Bay to these kids and provide them with a healthy dinner, free of charge. By inviting them into a safe family environment, we hope to build relationships with these at-risk young people and thereby give them a reliable support network.

Apart from food, the kids hang out with us and get to join in a variety of social activities e.g. music, games, and sport. Through these, we help them to develop healthy peer groups, alleviate their feelings of loneliness, and minimize their risk of alienation. This past summer, we took these kids to camp, where through a host of activities, they practiced teamwork, communications and social skills.<

As we become involved in the lives of these teenagers, we get to know their parents and their family, and are able to offer parenting support and education where needed.