CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Project to restore former glory of Pokfulam kicked off

HONG KONG (SE): The groundbreaking ceremony of a project to revitalise the old Dairy Farm Senior Staff Quarters in Pokfulam, and turn it into a living museum was held on July 29. The project is run by Caritas Hong Kong in cooperation with Pokfulam Village Cultural Landscape Conservation Limited.
 
Father Joseph Yim Tak-lung, chief executive of Caritas-Hong Kong, said he believes the revitalisation scheme of the 128-year-old building can show off the old culture of Pokfulam as well as the history of the early Church there.
 
Handicrafts made by the residents of Pokfulam were on display during the ceremony, and the history of the cowsheds was also introduced.
 
The undertaking to restore the historic site to how it appeared in 1919 is expected to finish in 2020 and the museum will be opened to the public in 2021.
 
Caritas-Hong Kong will invite local residents as well as the former staff of the farm to lead guided tours and workshops at the museum and to share about the history of the Pokfulam Village, one of the oldest villages in Hong Kong. 
 
Constructions nearby, such as the Pokulam Reservior, the historical ruins of old buildings as well as those established by early Catholic missionaries will also be covered by the tours.
 
Caritas set up a community development team in Pokfulam in 1991 to improve the life of people living in Pokfulam Village and strengthen their mutual support. Ten years ago, it launched a preservation campaign to collect information about the old Dairy Farm and to help pass on Pokfulam’s historical and cultural elements.
 
The 2,124 square metre Dairy Farm site has been abandoned since the 1980s.

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