Behind every NGO is a team of dedicated staff working tirelessly in the background. We feature the stories of the people behind the NGOs supported by The D. H. Chen Foundation. Compassion is at the heart of the Foundation's values. Each of the individuals we interview share their thoughts on compassion and what it means to them in their field of work.
“Compassion is not sympathy, but respect; it’s respecting the other enough to accept their point of view and to find solutions from their perspective.”
Kit (傑 - “talent”)
Project Manager (項目經理)
“ With compassion, we can understand the environment and challenges that someone else is facing and really think about what they need, not what we think they need.”
Man (文 - “literary”)
“ Compassion requires one to constantly learn, practise and experience; it’s about communicating with, understanding and learning from others.”
Kids Ambassador (兒童大使)
“Compassion means to see from someone’s point of view, understand their situation and care for them based on how they feel.”
Youth Program Officer (青年項目主任)
“Compassion is not sympathy - it’s about being equals with someone and letting go of our ego to truly understand how they feel and how we can help.”
Assistant Manager, Innovation Programme (創新項目助理經理)
“Compassion is about being patient and caring, and listening intently to allow the other person to fully express how they feel and what they need.”
Programme Manager (高級項目經理)
“True compassion is being able to see from the eyes of the people you are trying to help what the problem actually is for them, and providing valuable support through those lenses.”
SLCO Community Resources (語橋社資)
Sign Bilingual Teacher (
“Compassion can be expressed through language; it’s really all about patient communication, understanding and connection.“
MLH ( 晨曦青少年文教中心)
Yi (意 - “meaning”)
Administrative Volunteer (行政義工)
"Being compassionate requires one to detach from any hierarchical or status barriers and fully be with the other without comparison."
Yan (仁 - “kindness”)
Programme Manager (項目經理)
“Compassion, to me, means being able to bring people with differences together through a shared common language and that, for me, is sports.”
Program Officer (項目主任)
"I think compassion is about active listening, patience and accepting another’s emotions as fully valid."
Suet (雪 - “snow”)
Program Officer (項目主任)
“Compassion applies everywhere. If like me, you are visually sensitive, it can be expressed through art, too.”
Cheung (昌 - “flourish”)
Service Development Supervisor (服務發展主管)
"Compassion, to me, is about setting aside the tendency to compare and being with the other person in their own space and emotions fully."
Bo (保 - “protect”)
Administrative Worker ( 行政 工作人員)
"Compassion to me means stepping into someone else’s shoes and acting accordingly to meet their needs."
Outreach Worker (外展工作者)
"Empathy and compassion should not exist only between people with the same values; true compassion is universal."