For Hong Kong’s poor children, ‘home work’ means cooking, cleaning, caregiving and earning money for the family

Ming* has been spending an hour a day over the past six months collecting discarded cardboard on the streets of Sham Shui Po. The most the 15-year-old earned in a week was HK$25 for five kilograms.The older child of a divorced 39-year-old cleaner, he prepares lunch for his 10-year-old sister and tutors her.“When I think of how hard my mother works, I think it’s all right to help out a bit,” said Ming, who is in Secondary Three.“There are people who ask, ‘Why are you gathering cardboard at such…

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