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 29, 2017

Thank you for your support in 2016!

Since 2011 when Sunshine Foundation launched its first international cooperation project to bring rehabilitation to burn survivors in low and middle income countries, we have been fortunate to count on the support of generous donors like you. Whether it’s in Central America, India our Bangladesh, your donations have allowed us to focus on building the skills and capacities of professionals like therapists and social workers, either through trainings held in their own country, or through internships held at Sunshine Foundation in Taiwan. And when burn professionals are empowered, burn survivors can receive better care locally.

With your help in 2016, we were able to launch a new three-year capacity building project for burn therapists in Central and South America focusing on hand rehabilitation. The first training in 2016 focused on establishing the basis for hand rehabilitation, covering through theoretical and practical lectures topics such as anatomy, hand evaluation, planning interventions and splint making. In 2017, we will continue to work with our partners to further strengthen skills and knowledge, so that burn survivors in Central and South America have access to the best care and can regain maximum hand function following their injury.

Our international capacity building projects would not be possible without your support. Your donations not only keep us going, but also bring attention to our work and in the process, help raise awareness about the needs of burn survivors worldwide. We look forward to continuing working with you in 2017 to change the lives of burn survivors worldwide through our project on GlobalGiving Give burn survivors access to rehabilitation!

Jan 29, 2017

Thank you for your support in 2016!

Following the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park Dust Explosion on June 27, 2015, Sunshine Foundation mobilized all its efforts to address the rehabilitation needs of victims requiring intensive, long-term rehabilitation. With the help of our donors, we were able to set up new Rehabilitation Centers and by the end of 2015, these new facilities staffed with newly hired professionals were all up and running. Throughout 2016, Sunshine Foundation has helped over 900 burns survivors have access to physical and psychosocial rehabilitation services. Of these clients, over 300 of them were victims of the June 27, 2015 Dust Explosion.

We sincerely thank you for your support in 2016. Thanks to you, burn survivors in Taiwan have been able to progressively rebuild their lives after the terrible tragedy of burns, and now many of them are back to school or back to work, living a full and active life.

In 2017, Sunshine Foundation celebrates its 35th anniversary. We hope that you will support us on GlobalGiving as we continue to provide Rehabilitation for burn survivors in Taiwan!

Dec 18, 2016

Giving back as a way to say thank you

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"I don't know who you are, but I thank you!"

“I don’t know who you are or where you are, but I want to thank you!”

Shih-Yu is a third year university student majoring in Creative Product Design and Management. She was enjoying an outdoor concert with friends at the Formosa Fun Coast Waterpark on June 27 2015 when they were suddenly caught in the midst of a powder explosion ignited by fireworks near the stage. Shih-Yu says: “I don’t remember clearly the explosion but I remember people trying to escape and as I fell to the ground, I felt my legs burning.” As people were frantically looking for water to pour over their burns, Shih-Yu stumbled upon another injured girl holding a bottle of mineral water who said to her: “I’ll share this bottle with you.” Later on, as she sat on the ground unable to move, a stranger picked her up in his arms and helped her board an ambulance.

After sustaining burns on 38% of her body (mostly her legs) and undergoing more than one year of painful rehabilitation, she is now back to school. Although she still faces some challenges (for example, she is still unable to stand for too long because she will feel pain in her legs), Shih-Yu is eager to continue with her studies and be actively involved in student life. As president of her department’s student association, Shih-Yu mobilized her classmates and together, they put their creativity and artistic skills to use by organizing at the end of November a special DIY activity for clients of Sunshine’s Tainan Work Station. Art has a healing power and for Shih-Yu, this is a way to give back and express the gratitude she feels in her heart.

Shih-Yu didn’t get the chance to learn the names of the people who helped her that day or say thank you. Like the strangers who helped her the night of the explosion, Shih-Yu doesn’t know your name or where you are from, but she is well aware that throughout her recovery, she has benefited from the support of a multitude of generous people just like you: “I don’t know who you are or where you are, but I want to thank you!”

We hope that you will continue to support us during GlobalGiving’s 2016 Year End Campaign and consider making a donation to help burn survivors like Shih-Yu rebuild their life and start anew.

On behalf of everyone at Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation, we wish you Happy Holidays!

Shih-Yu teaches burn survivor DIY techniques
Shih-Yu teaches burn survivor DIY techniques
 
   

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