Surviving To Thriving

A former victim of domestic abuse, Chan suffers from depression. She had trapped in a downward mental health spiral especially after her divorce and the diagnosis of her son’s rare illness. With the help of ChickenSoup, her son’s situation has improved and she has become more motivated in upgrading herself to provide better care for her son.

FIC#010: Story of Kitty and Her Family

 
Absence of Breadwinners
  • Ex-husband did not take care of the family
  • Mother had to quit her job to look after a son with serious special educational needs
 
Illnesses
  • Son suffers from a rare genetic disease and has ASD
  • Mother struggles with serious mental health issues
 
Extreme Poverty
  • Living on CSSA with no disposable income
  • Living in a 100sf dated subdivided flat with poor living condition

WORDS FROM THE FAMILY

  • “When my son was 18 months old, he started going to playgroup and I began to realize he was a little different from other kids. He didn’t respond when he was called by his name so I took him for evaluation. The result showed that he has moderate to severe autism and developmental delay. Later on I was referred to ChickenSoup Foundation by a social worker from St. James’ Settlement and the ChickenSoup team has helped my family a lot. Both my son and I received acupuncture treatment. My son has even started saying a word or two after receiving continuous SEN training.”

    Kitty
    Single mother
  • “When I found out my son had a rare genetic disease which was the first case ever in Hong Kong, I hit rock bottom emotionally. My mental health issue became more serious. I was so stressed out to a point where I felt like I was suffocating. Fortunately ChickenSoup helped sponsor my son’s SEN training so I don’t have to worry about the cost and I felt more relieved. Being a single mom is not easy, not to mention raising an ASD kid. I’m really grateful that I met ChickenSoup. In the future I wish to help more families with SEN children and to have the opportunity to further my education. Thank you ChickenSoup!”

    Kitty
    Single mother

Hardship During COVID

In a recent interview with HK01, Kitty has taken the courage to share her personal struggles and experiences with through the pandemic crisis. With the suspension of regular SEN trainings, Kitty’s son has experienced emotional outbursts more frequently, which in return has worsened her mental health issue. Meanwhile, she struggled to get help from public services after being infected with COVID-19. 

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Families In Crisis

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  1. Please read the introduction of our program.

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