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.
Feb 10, 2014

A Little Sunshine graduates and says goodbye

Little Ming(*) is a rambunctious child, always running around, laughing and chatting. And for the last two years, he has also been undergoing intensive rehabilitation at Sunshine Foundation following major burn injuries. During this time, he stayed at Sunshine Half-Way House, going to school nearby in the morning, then doing rehabilitation at our Center in the afternoon, all the while undergoing a series of reconstructive surgeries for his scars. Burns have brought a lot of pain and disruptions in Little Ming’s life, but his stay at Sunshine wasn’t devoid of happy times, and he experienced many new things and befriended many new people.

On the last week of January, Little Ming finally “graduated” from Sunshine and began preparations to return home among his family. But how do you put two momentous years filled with laughter and pain behind you? Saying goodbye to the people and places you have grown attached to is never easy, even more so for a little child. So Sunshine’s worker discussed with Little Ming how he wanted to mark the end of his rehabilitation and together, they decided to embark on a trip down memory lane.

Over the course of one day, Little Ming went back to Sunshine Half-Way House, Sunshine Rehabilitation Center, the hospital where he was treated, as well as the kindergarten and elementary school where he studied to say goodbye to the people important to him: his doctor, his therapist, his guardian, his teachers and classmates. This trip not only celebrated the ending of Little Ming’s two years of rehabilitation, but it also helped him sort out the complex mix of feelings of happiness, sadness and apprehension that inevitably arises when it’s time to leave and return home. Saying goodbye helped Little Ming find strength to face his future.

Your support over the last year has been crucial in helping burn survivors like Little Ming “graduate” and find the strength to return to a normal life. Now during GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day on February 12, you have the chance to maximize the value of your support because GlobalGiving will be matching gifts made to Sunshine Foundation at 30%. This means that your donation of $100 will receive a $30 match!

We invite you to support Sunshine Foundation’s efforts to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services to burn survivors in Taiwan by donating to our project Rehabilitation for burn survivors in Taiwan.

Bonus Day will be held on…

Taiwan time: from Wednesday, February 12 at 10:00 PM to Thursday, February 13 at 11:59 AM.

US time: from Wednesday, February 12 at 9:00 AM EST to Wednesday, February 12 at 11:59 PM EST

On behalf of Sunshine Foundation and all our clients, a huge thank you for your support!

PS: We encourage you to make your donation early, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day.

(*) Name has been modified.

Feb 8, 2014

Help bring hope to burn survivors worldwide

In 2011, after 30 years of working locally in Taiwan to offer burn survivors comprehensive rehabilitation services, Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation decided to become involved at the international level and contribute to address the global problem of burns. Indeed, most of the burns occur in low-middle income countries, affecting the most vulnerable segments of population: women and children.

What are we doing to address the problem of burns?

Skilled and knowledgeable burn rehabilitation professionals can help improve services for burn survivors in their country. Sunshine Foundation helps like-minded organizations in other countries by sharing our experience in burn rehabilitation and prevention.

Through international cooperation projects based on knowledge transfer and capacity building, Sunshine helps burn professionals in low-middle income countries build their capacities to offer better services to local burn survivors and ensure that no one misses receiving appropriate care due to poverty or lack of resources.

What have we done so far?

  • In Nicaragua, we have been implementing since 2011 a training program to teach seamstresses and therapists from Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and the Dominican Republic advanced pressure garment production techniques. As a result, burned children in these countries benefit from better fitting, more comfortable and more efficient garments to control scar growth, thus diminishing the risk of contractures and deformities, and avoiding unnecessary surgeries.
  • In Chennai, India, we initiated a cooperation project in 2013 to help a local organization set up a Care Center for women burn survivors. By training their staff in Chennai and holding internships for them in Taiwan, as well as sharing our service model, we are helping this local organization address an unmet need in their community: provide comprehensive physical and psychosocial rehabilitation services for women burn survivors after hospital discharge.

Your support over the last year has been crucial to the development of these international projects and you have helped bring changes in the lives of burn survivors worldwide. Now during GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day on February 12, you have the chance to maximize the value of your support because GlobalGiving will be matching gifts made to Sunshine Foundation at 30%. This means that your donation of $100 will receive a $30 match!

We invite you to support Sunshine Foundation’s efforts to help improve burn rehabilitation services in low-middle income countries by donating to our project Help Train Burn Rehabilitation Professionals.

Bonus Day will be held on…

Taiwan time: from Wednesday, February 12 at 10:00 PM to Thursday, February 13 at 11:59 AM.

US time: from Wednesday, February 12 at 9:00 AM EST to Wednesday, February 12 at 11:59 PM EST

On behalf of Sunshine Foundation and its international partners, a huge thank you for your support!

PS: We encourage you to make your donation early, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day.

Jan 27, 2014

Bridging language barriers to help burn survivors

Joy during her internship at Sunshine Foundation
Joy during her internship at Sunshine Foundation

Helping burn rehabilitation specialists in India 2

In April 2013, Sunshine Foundation launched its newest capacity building cooperation project in India. Over a three-year period, Sunshine Foundation will provide technical support to International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC), a Chennai-based NGO working in the field of victim care and prevention of gender violence, for the establishment of a Recovery and Healing Center for women burn survivors. Following a site visit carried out at the newly established Recovery and Healing Center in April 2013, the Sunshine team developed a specialized training program to help build the burn rehabilitation capacities of PCVC staff.

Sunshine had the immense pleasure of welcoming to Taiwan two PCVC staff for training from November 16 to December 14, 2013. The trainees were Buvi, a physical therapist and Joy, a social worker. For both of them, it was the first time to go abroad for professional training. For Sunshine staff, it was the first time to receive international trainees. The experience has been rewarding for everyone.

Joy – The social worker whose empathy bridges cultural and language barriers

It’s often difficult to describe what social workers working with burn survivors do exactly. Unlike therapists who rely on tangible equipment or exercises, social workers do not have any “visible” tools that will make their work obvious to the general observer. To understand the needs of clients and help build strategies to address these needs, social workers observe and talk to the client, to his family, to the other professionals working with him. By observing and talking, they gather information and eventually, they piece together a picture of the client’s story, his needs, expectations and desires for the future. From there, a service program to fulfill these needs is developed. In the process, social workers build a trusting relationship and provide emotional support. As a young social worker who has been working with Indian women burn survivors for over a year, Joy is familiar with this concept of planning and implementing a service program. However, there is a huge step from theory to practice when time comes to plan a truly “individualized” program.

To help Joy bridge the gap between theory and practice, the Sunshine team arranged courses for Joy to explain our work process and methods, and she was also able to observe how our social workers and psychological counselors work with clients, what evaluation tools and techniques they use, etc. An individualized approach to service was particularly emphasized, where the different facets of a client’s needs are taken into consideration by the multi-disciplinary team when setting goals for services, including physical and psychological well-being, but also material well-being, learning, rights, relationships, etc. In order to put into practice the theory she learned, Joy was assigned two clients to follow and was given the challenge to develop a service program for them with specific short-term goals.

Apart from having to use new frameworks, Joy faced a huge challenge: how to communicate with clients who do not speak English (or can only manage a few sentences)? How to build a trusting relationship with them when they don’t understand each other? Of course, Sunshine staff was there to help with translation, but what made the biggest difference were Joy’s open and engaging attitude, as well as her sincere concern and the empathy she showed towards the clients. With these qualities, language could not be a barrier to building a trusting relationship with clients, and Joy engaged with them quite naturally, even without the help of a translator. In the end, Joy amazed everyone with her presentation of proposed service programs for clients, which showed sensitivity to clients’ needs.

Joy was mentored during her training by Hsiu-Hsiu TU, Director of Sunshine Half-Way House. Hsiu-Hsiu praised Joy’s keen sense of observation and her “active learning,” by which Joy constantly put her learning in context and related it with her work at PCVC. Hsiu-Hsiu was also very impressed with Joy’s eagerness to implement changes after going back to Chennai, such as building true multi-disciplinary team work and proposing more structured work processes. Sunshine will be able to see what Joy and her colleagues have been able to accomplish and provide support during another visit to Chennai by the Sunshine team scheduled for April 2014.

Joy discusses client
Joy discusses client's case with therapist
Joy with her "mentor" Hsiu-Hsiu
Joy with her "mentor" Hsiu-Hsiu
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