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.

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.

Nov 25, 2014

Rebuilding lives after a disaster

Opening ceremony of new rehabilitation center
Opening ceremony of new rehabilitation center

On August 1, 2014, in the middle of the night, the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung was rocked by a series of explosions caused by ruptured gas pipelines. People were shocked by images of destruction, with upturned cars, streets blown open, damaged buildings and fires burning uncontrollably. The explosions claimed the lives of 31 people, and over 300 people were injured. Among injured people, 73 people sustained burns, with 48 people being severely burned. Victims included residents of the district where the incident occurred, but also firefighters and paramedics who were responding to emergency calls.

Immediately after the incident, Sunshine mobilized its staff to visit victims and their family in the different hospitals and provide emotional support, in order to help them deal with the stress of hospitalization, the psychological impact of this traumatic event, as well as many uncertainties about the future that emerge following burns. Indeed, hospital discharge does not mark the end of the trials of burn survivors, but instead it marks the beginning of the most difficult part of their recovery: rehabilitation.

In order to ensure that burn survivors of the Kaohsiung gas explosion have access to quality comprehensive rehabilitation services locally, Sunshine inaugurated on October 16th a new rehabilitation center in Kaohsiung. Instead of having to leave their family and community to come to Taipei, burn survivors in Kaohsiung and southern Taiwan can come to this new center, which offers daily physical and occupation therapy services, pressure garment service, daily living skills training, individual/group psychological counseling and work preparation training. Burn survivors not only receive personalized services, but also benefit from the peer support atmosphere of the center.

Yan-Ting is one of the burn survivors benefiting from the services of Kaohsiung Rehabilitation Center. Yan-Ting graduated from a professional school, where he studied to be an auto technician. When the explosions occurred, he was on his way back home and sustained second to third degree burns over 36% of his body, including the hands, arms and back. Due to the severity of his injuries, he was hospitalized for one month and his mother had to resign from work to take care of him full-time. After hospital discharge, Yan-Ting began undergoing rehabilitation at the new center. Yan-Ting especially wants to improve his hand functions because there are many things he cannot do, like riding his motorcycle, cooking or simply doing simple daily tasks. Also, due to pain and hypersensitivity of the hands, he is worried that he will not be able to work in his field of auto mechanics. However, after one month of physical rehabilitation, Yan-Ting is able to handle more and more objects with his hands, and he even started to cook for himself. His self-confidence has also increased, and he now knows that he will be able to recover his hand function. As the eldest son in his family, he is especially relieved to know that he will be able to regain his independence and not be a burden or a source of worry for his mother.

The establishment of the new Kaohsiung Rehabilitation Center was made possible thanks to the generous donations of people like you. As a donor to our project Rehabilitation for burn survivors in Taiwan, you are a crucial source of support for the Kaohsiung Rehabilitation Center, as well as our other rehabilitation projects across Taiwan. You make it possible for burn survivors like Yan-Ting to not only regain the ability to live an independent and active life, but also regain hope for the future.

Mayor of Kaohsiung visits new center
Mayor of Kaohsiung visits new center
Burn survivors in Kaohsiung have their own center
Burn survivors in Kaohsiung have their own center

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