Behind every NGO is a team of dedicated staff working tirelessly in the background.
The D. H. Chen Foundation has partnered with Hong Kong Shifts to launch a photojournalistic campaign #CompassionInAction to feature the people behind the NGOs which are the 2020 awardees of Project Fuel.
Compassion is at the heart of our Foundation’s values. Each of the individuals interviewed 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."
"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.”
"Compassion requires one to constantly learn, practise and experience; it’s about communicating with, understanding and learning from others."
"Compassion means to see from someone’s point of view, understand their situation and care for them based on how they feel."
"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.”
"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.”
"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.”
"Compassion can be expressed through language; it’s really all about patient communication, understanding and connection.“
"Being compassionate requires one to detach from any hierarchical or status barriers and fully be with the other without comparison."
"Compassion, to me, means being able to bring people with differences together through a shared common language and that, for me, is sports."
"I think compassion is about active listening, patience and accepting another’s emotions as fully valid.”
"Compassion applies everywhere and to all aspects of life and, if you are like me and are visually sensitive, then it can be expressed and communicated through art, too.”
"Compassion, to me, is about setting aside the tendency to compare and being with the other person in their own space and emotions fully."
"Compassion to me means stepping into someone else’s shoes and acting accordingly to meet their needs."