Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation

Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation was established in 1981 by a group of individuals committed to improving the lives of burn survivors and people with facial disfigurement. Sunshine Foundation has for mission to provide an extensive range of services for burn survivors and people with facial disfigurement in order to assist them in their physical, psychological and social rehabilitation, as well as uphold their human rights and dignity.
Jan 30, 2015

Thank you for your support in 2014

Dear Friends,

As we are getting ready to celebrate Lunar New Year on February 18th, we would like to take this opportunity to look back on 2014, and thank you for your support, which has made it possible for us to do so much during an eventful year.

Indeed, at the local level, we were able to provide services to a total of 384 burn survivors. We also held hundreds of educational activities across Taiwan focusing on prevention and enhancing the public’s understanding and acceptance of facial disfigurement. In addition to our five service centers in Taipei City, Taichung City, Chia-Yi City, Kaohsiung City and Hualian City, we also opened three new work stations in Taoyuan County, Tainan County and Taitung County to bring our services closer to our clients. The unexpected tragedy of the August 1st Kaohsiung Gas Explosion also led to the establishment of a new Rehabilitation Center in Kaohsiung in October to help the victims of the accident.

At the international level, we have continued our capacity building work to train burn professionals and improve their ability to provide better care locally to burn survivors. In India, we have continued helping our local partner build the capacities to set up and operate a rehabilitation center for women burn survivors. We have also continued working with partners in five Central America countries to strengthen their capacity to make pressure garments for burned children. And we are now developing a new training program for burn therapists from Nepal and Bangladesh that should take place in March 2015.

Some of these projects were already part of our annual plan, some were a response to urgent needs, all were made possible by your support. Thank you for helping us bring rehabilitation services to burn survivors in Taiwan, and for allowing us to share our expertise in order to better the lives of burn survivors elsewhere around the world.

2015 is the Year of the Sheep according to Chinese zodiac, and traditionally, Lunar New Year is a time for family gatherings and celebrations. On behalf of everyone at Sunshine Foundation, we wish you peace, health, good fortune and prosperity for 2015, and we look forward to continuing working with you to better the lives of burn survivors.

Jan 30, 2015

Thank you for your support in 2014

Dear Friends,

As we are getting ready to celebrate Lunar New Year on February 18th, we would like to take this opportunity to look back on 2014, and thank you for your support, which has made it possible for us to do so much during an eventful year.

Indeed, at the local level, we were able to provide services to a total of 384 burn survivors. We also held hundreds of educational activities across Taiwan focusing on prevention and enhancing the public’s understanding and acceptance of facial disfigurement. In addition to our five service centers in Taipei City, Taichung City, Chia-Yi City, Kaohsiung City and Hualian City, we also opened three new work stations in Taoyuan County, Tainan County and Taitung County to bring our services closer to our clients. The unexpected tragedy of the August 1st Kaohsiung Gas Explosion also led to the establishment of a new Rehabilitation Center in Kaohsiung in October to help the victims of the accident.

At the international level, we have continued our capacity building work to train burn professionals and improve their ability to provide better care locally to burn survivors. In India, we have continued helping our local partner build the capacities to set up and operate a rehabilitation center for women burn survivors. We have also continued working with partners in five Central America countries to strengthen their capacity to make pressure garments for burned children. And we are now developing a new training program for burn therapists from Nepal and Bangladesh that should take place in March 2015.

Some of these projects were already part of our annual plan, some were a response to urgent needs, all were made possible by your support. Thank you for helping us bring rehabilitation services to burn survivors in Taiwan, and for allowing us to share our expertise in order to better the lives of burn survivors elsewhere around the world.

2015 is the Year of the Sheep according to Chinese zodiac, and traditionally, Lunar New Year is a time for family gatherings and celebrations. On behalf of everyone at Sunshine Foundation, we wish you peace, health, good fortune and prosperity for 2015, and we look forward to continuing working with you to better the lives of burn survivors.

Dec 30, 2014

Bringing affordable, quality pressure garments to Central America

Helping burned children in Central America 5

Since 2011, Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation has been carrying out training for burn rehabilitation professionals in Central America, with a focus on teaching pressure garment production techniques to burn therapists and seamstresses from the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. This year (2014) marks the end of a four-year training cycle which has resulted in many changes at the individual and organizational levels.

Sunshine Foundation CEO, Ching-Shyen SHU, explains: “The majority of burn victims in Central America are small children who often come from disadvantaged socio-economic background. We want to make sure that pressure garments are not a prohibitively priced and thus inaccessible commercial product, but instead are an integral part of professional rehabilitation services offered by therapists. We are extremely happy to have found organizations that share our philanthropic vision of offering free burn rehabilitation services, and are proud of their efforts over the last four years to bring quality services to burned children in the region.”

Apart from enhanced technical skills for measuring, making patterns and sewing pressure garments, the training has also resulted in closer cooperation between therapist and seamstress (whereas before seamstresses generally worked alone), and has also brought many changes to improve work process and increase efficiency. What is more, a survey done between December 2013 and February 2014 with our partners in Nicaragua and Guatemala has shown a marked increase in satisfaction on the part of patients and their family. Indeed, compared to garments made with the old technique, satisfaction with garments made by using the new Sunshine technique jumped from 22% to 93% for fit, from 16% to 84% for comfort, and from 13% to 89% for esthetics. Because garments are more comfortable and look better, burned children are also more willing to comply with the wearing regimen (garments must be worn 23 hours a day, and are only removed when showering). More importantly, 52% of patients reported complications like blisters, edema or small wounds with old garments, but this dropped to 3% with garments made using the new Sunshine technique.

Although the four-year pressure garment training program is over, Sunshine Foundation's committment to the region remains, and we are now working closely with its partners in Central America to develop future burn rehabilitation trainings and continue to build the capacities of therapists in the region, thus ensuring that burned children have access to free, quality burn rehabilitation.

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