The Wall Family: Walking a mile in refugees' shoes

HKD 170,000 goal
HKD 156,250 raised

Campaign Details



by Keziah and Jemaiah Wall

Imagine being forced to leave the only home you ever knew, imagine boarding a small boat to an unknown land, imagine your life in the hands of someone who doesn't care; this is the life of our refugees and asylum seekers.

These people are treated inhumanely and with cruelty in their own home.  Do we really want it to be worse here? If we truly care about them, if we were less relaxed about this problem, if we would do something to make a difference; then those lives could be better.  I know if we work together, we can make a change - Our refugee crisis can become better.

Mommy challenged us to stop imagining and take action.

Next thing we knew, we were committed to living the life of a refugee family for 5 days in Chungking Mansions on a very real family food budget of HK$300/ week and a room rental of HK$200/ day.

From Feb 1-5, 2021, my mom, my brother, twin sister and I, checked into one of the 2,000 rooms found everyday in Chungking Mansions, Tsim Sha Tsui.  It is an infamous building of tiny, tiny living spaces and heaps of hidden businesses.  

Our almost 7 sqm home...
Rationing food for the week


By day 3, we were broke with only 5 eggs, spam, a slice of bread each in the communal fridge!

Our teacher Ms. Campbell had told the class about Christian Action’s  Refugee Centre serving 3 meals a day.  Without a doubt, we can now be saved!  Christian Action's Service Centre for Refugees

Shockingly, the Christian Action office inside Chungking Mansions told us their centre had recently burned down.  In a blink of an eye, our hopes for food completely disappeared.

Rebuild for a safer tomorrow!
Receiving the news of the burnt kitchen. *Miserable*















Jacob, my 8yo brother, asked if refugees could have a rich friend.  We really needed that "rich friend."  After 5 days as refugees, we never thought finding food would be this difficult. We even travelled to Tuen Mun for a food package from Youth With a Mission (YWAM's Blessing Bags), but used up all our transportation allowance on the light rail and the MTR.  It ended up with us walking the rest of the way home. Needing to find somewhere closer, maybe we could go to YWAM Shanti next time. 

Jem's newest vocab at the moment is "sacrosanct."  Her bed is sacrosanct.  Ha! It is no longer!  We did all our school work, meals (sort of meals), and sleeping all in the same spot.  The bed.

My hardest was getting over the embarrassment of being somewhere completely different all the time.  We even had to negotiate for food. Not fun. I think I grunted out answers.  Thankfully we met some really kind Indian shop owners who started from $80 but gave it to us for $25!

We learnt that we do not not need toys (we don't even have room for them anyway)... we need a community center where people could have FRIENDS!,  SPACE!! and FOOD!!!  How we dreamt about this kitchen and hangout space these past 5 days. We desperately wished we could have a place to play. 

My newest vocab this week is "utterly joyous." We were so utterly joyous returning back to our own home Friday night.  Yet, somewhere near here in Chungking Mansions, Tsim Sha Tsui, there are so many people who don't have a real home to return to. Today, we would like to ask you to help us raise money for Christian Action’s new kitchen in Chungking Mansions.  Hunger convinced us that this kitchen & dining area would be  extremely important...especially for the children coming to Hong Kong to find security.

Please help us make a change together. 

There will be no commission taken on the funds raised here.  100% of the amount will be given to Christian Action to build.




Wall Family

Hong Kong

Funds raised on this page will go to:

Centre for Refugees

Helping Refugees live with Dignity and Hope