Support underprivileged families in COVID-19 outbreak;
Enjoy nature in the city;
Relieve stress through playing.
Connecting to nature is essential to children’s well-being. In nature, children can relieve their daily pressure and build up resilience to adversity*. Nature provides children the chance to learn a variety of knowledge firsthand while promoting their psychological and physical health.
Yet, not every child is able to get in touch with nature. In Hong Kong, one in four children lives under the poverty line. With their parents working long hours and restricted by financial resources, these children lack access to nature and face greater challenge as they grow up when compared to others in their age groups.
Using different urban parks as base, Family Urban Nature (FUN) Project aims to bring children from underprivileged families in Sham Shui Po, Kwun Tong and Wong Tai Sin district closer to nature through different activities. STEM x Nature experiments, which become accessible in urban park, allow children and their parents to learn and enjoy themselves through playing and release stress in their daily life.
*Pamela Pensini, Eva Horn, & Nerina J. Caltabiano. (2016). An Exploration of the Relationships between Adults' Childhood and Current Nature Exposure and Their Mental Well-Being. Children, Youth and Environments, 26(1), 125-147. doi:10.7721/chilyoutenvi.26.1.0125
^ Figures from the Census and Statistics Department in 2018