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.
Oct 28, 2015

A burn survivor's baseball dreams

The June 27th Water Park Explosion in Taiwan injured 499 people, most of them are in their late teens and early twenties. Suddenly, their young lives were disrupted and as they began to be discharged from hospital, they slowly realized that this wasn't the end of their ordeal, and that in fact, the long road towards recovery stretched in front of them. Sometimes, it feels as if all of their dreams for the future are shattered and that it would just be easier to put them aside...

One of these young survivors from the Water Park Explosion is 19-year old Meng-Hsiu. Meng-Hsiu sustained second and third degree burns over 77% of his body, mainly his arms, legs and chest. Meng-Hsiu says: “After being discharged from the hospital, a social worker from Sunshine gave me a lot of encouragement, so I came to the Taoyuan-Hsinchu Service Center where I can do rehabilitation surrounded by other Water Park survivors. We encourage one another, so the days feel less painful.”

Meng-Hsiu has always loved playing baseball and before his injury, he was the pitcher for his university’s baseball team. Due to his burns, he is unable to raise his arms or his head, scars over his chest also restrict his movements and he has lost much of his muscle strength. Although it seems for now that his baseball dreams are far away, Meng-Hsiu hasn't given up. In order to return to the game he loves the most, Meng-Hsiu began physical rehabilitation immediately after hospital discharge in September. Despite the itching and pain caused by scars, he repeatedly stretches the scars on his chest, practices crouching on the ground and raising his arms. Meng-Hsiu says: “I want to return as soon as possible to school and play baseball with my teammates.”

Meng-Hsiu is one of the burn survivors currently undergoing rehabilitation at Sunshine's new Taoyuan-Hsinchu Service Center, which officially opened on October 16, 2015. The Taoyuan-Hsinchu Work Station was originally set up in 2014, but due to the rapid increase in the number of clients, which almost doubled within a year, the Work Station was expanded to become a full-fledged Service Center. This meant hiring physical and occupational therapists, social workers and a counseling psychologist, and moving to bigger facilities where we can provide physical rehabilitation and psychological counseling services. Currently, there are 45 burn survivors from the Water Park Explosion that have started undergoing rehabilitation at the Center.

During the opening ceremony for the new Service Center, Meng-Hsiu wore his team’s practice uniform to give himself courage, and showed everyone the progress he has made by demonstrating the pitching posture and movements. This was a very emotional moment for Meng-Hsiu, because it was the first time since his injury that he was able to do the thing he loves most, and it's a proof that he is getting closer to fulfilling his dream of playing baseball again. Meng-Hsiu strongly encourages all the burn survivors from the Water Park Explosion to begin rehabilitation: “Don’t give up on your dreams! You must courageously keep on moving forward!”

As a donor to our project Rehabilitation for burn survivors in Taiwan, you are helping Meng-Hsiu and countless other burn survivors move one step closer to realizing their dreams. Thank you for your support!

Meng-Hsiu shows his pitcher move
Meng-Hsiu shows his pitcher move
Sep 10, 2015

"I want to help women burn survivors find their beautiful face again"

Anandhi facing the camera confidently
Anandhi facing the camera confidently

Helping burn rehabilitation specialists in India 7

Sunshine Foundation initiated a three-year cooperation project in 2013 in Chennai, India 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, we are helping this local organization address an unmet need: provide comprehensive physical and psychosocial rehabilitation services for women burn survivors after hospital discharge.

From August 10 to August 28 2015, Sunshine Foundation welcomed three interns from our partner in Chennai, the International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC). During three weeks, Sajitha (Social Worker Supervisor), Jayanthi (Welfare Officer) and Anandhi (Rehabilitation Assistant) attended theoretical courses and practical trainings, as well as observed the services of Sunshine Foundation.

One of the trainings that particularly resonated with Anandhi was on image enhancement, and more specifically skin camouflage. For burn survivors with visible scars, the process of accepting one’s changed appearance can be difficult. Since launching its image enhancement services in 2002, which include fashion consultation, social skills training and skin camouflage, Sunshine accompanies burn survivors on the road towards building self-confidence.

As a burn survivor who went from being a “client” of PCVC to joining as “staff” of PCVC, Anandhi is acutely aware of the process of adjustment that women burn survivors must go through when dealing with a changed appearance and she was able to immediately appreciate the potential of skin camouflage in helping the women she works with rebuild their self-confidence. Special makeup techniques and products not only help reduce the appearance of scars and skin discoloration, but can also help reshape lips or eyebrows affected by scars, thus reducing visible difference that can otherwise lead to anxiety and distress when having to face others.

During a two-day training, Sunshine staff explained the concept of image enhancement and allowed the PCVC team to experience the skin camouflage consultation process, with the first model being Anandhi herself. Under the guidance of Sunshine staff, Anandhi was able to try out skin camouflage techniques and see the result on herself. She was amazed that her burn scar suddenly became less visible: “It’s like I regained my former face, the one before the accident. I want to take back these techniques to India and help our women burn survivors also find their former face again.” When came time to take a picture, Anandhi, who usually turns her face sideways to hide her scar, instead confidently faced the camera.

Thanks to your support, Sunshine is able to continue providing trainings which introduce techniques that can be used to help women burn survivors rebuild their self-confidence. And now, during GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day on September 16, 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 "Give burn survivors access to rehabilitation"

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/train-burn-rehabilitation-professionals/

Mark the Bonus Day date on your calendar!!! We encourage you to make your donation early, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day.

Taiwan time: from Wednesday, September 16 at 9:00 PM to Thursday, September 17 at 11:59 AM.
US time: from Wednesday, September 16 at 9:00 AM EST to Wednesday, September 16 at 11:59 PM EST

Anandhi practices skin camouflage techniques
Anandhi practices skin camouflage techniques
Practicing how to draw eyebrows
Practicing how to draw eyebrows
Sep 9, 2015

Sunshine's response to the June 27 Formosa Fun Coast Water Park Explosion 3

Rehabilitation will take time, it will be painful, but you are not alone because we will accompany you all the way...

Towards the end of July, survivors of the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park Explosion began to be discharged from hospital (1). As they return home, burn survivors and their families face a new set of challenges: dealing with wounds and scarring, as well as having to do physical rehabilitation.

Indeed, during the skin healing process, burn survivors will still have to deal with wounds, as scar tissue is fragile and is easily damaged or injured, resulting in skin breakdown, small wounds or blisters. Scar care is also crucial, as skin needs to be always kept clean and moisturized. Taking care of blisters on their child’s healing skin or helping their child shower can be a daunting task for parents unfamiliar with the whole process, so that is why Sunshine began holding wound care and scar care trainings for survivors and their family. During hands-on training sessions, staff of Sunshine explain the process of skin healing and scar formation, as well as how to protect fragile skin, how to deal with small wounds, how to care for scars and the importance of pressure therapy to control scar formation.

Furthermore, social workers and therapists of Sunshine began to visit survivors at hospitals to assess rehabilitation needs and plan individualized rehabilitation programs which include exercises, assistive devices and home environment modification. The goal is to ensure a better quality of life for burn survivors after their hospital discharge.

In addition, to address the rehabilitation needs of survivors of the Water Park Explosion, Sunshine has expanded its rehabilitation network. First of all, apart from the two current Rehabilitation Centers in Taipei City and Kaohsiung City, three new rehabilitation centers have been set up and are specially dedicated to serving the victims of the June 27 explosion: one in New Taipei City which opened on August 24, one in Taipei City scheduled to open on October 1, and one in Taichung City scheduled to open in November. Another Half-Way House offering short-term residential services for the victims of the June 27 explosion undergoing intensive rehabilitation has also opened in New Taipei City on August 24. These centers are staffed with teams of physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, counseling psychologists and care attendants dedicated to helping burn survivors regain the ability to return to their active, independent life.

Sunshine was able to quickly respond to the services needs of burn survivors and accompany them as they embark on the long road towards recovery because of your ongoing support. Thank you for making this possible!

And now, during GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day on September 16, 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.

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/burn-survivor-rehabilitation/ 

Mark the Bonus Day date on your calendar!!! We encourage you to make your donation early, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day.

Taiwan time: from Wednesday, September 16 at 9:00 PM to Thursday, September 17 at 11:59 AM.
US time: from Wednesday, September 16 at 9:00 AM EST to Wednesday, September 16 at 11:59 PM EST

(1) As of September 4, 301 patients have been discharged and 186 patients remain hospitalized. Source: New Taipei City Government website (in Chinese).

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