HONG KONG RESTAURANT TRAINS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Dignity kitchen trains employees with disabilities to prepare food, cook and serve customers.
According to Koh Seng Choon, 61, Singaporean entrepreneur and founder of the restaurant, disabled people needs help.
“They are the people who need help. If we can get them a job, they will be out of the poverty cycle.” He said.
Ultimately, Dignity Kitchen aims to place its employees in other jobs in the food and beverage sector so it can then welcome and train new groups of people with disabilities.
Koh first came up with the concept in his hometown of Singapore, but later decided to do the same in Hong Kong after the city’s government invited him to open a branch.
The kitchen is expansive, modeled after a food court in Singapore. The drink stall is operated by a deaf employee, and printed diagrams at the stall encourage customers to learn simple sign language when it comes to drink requests, or even to sign “thank you.”