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.
Aug 14, 2016

Bridging the language barrier to help burn survivors - Translators as unsung heroes

Translators make international trainings possible
Translators make international trainings possible

Sunshine Foundation is getting ready to return to Nicaragua at the end of September to begin another cycle of training for burn therapists in the Latin American region, this time focusing on hand rehabilitation. As we are preparing the training material, we would like to acknowledge the contribution of a group of people who are often taken for granted – the translators.

When Sunshine Foundation organizes capacity building projects or training courses to enhance burn rehabilitation capacities of professionals in other countries, there is always one obstacle to overcome: the language barrier. Indeed, in order to achieve the best training impact, apart from requiring highly skilled and knowledgeable trainers, participants also have to be able to fully and correctly understand what they are being taught. And although English is often considered a universal language, it cannot be taken as a given that everyone can speak or understand English perfectly. Sometimes, translation in local language such as Spanish or Tamil is necessary to ensure that training is a success.

The unsung heroes of our projects are the translators that help out before the training to translate course material and during the training to carry out consecutive translation. Because most of the translators we work with obviously do not have prior experience with burn rehabilitation, the amount of preparation work they need to do before every training is tremendous just to familiarize themselves with specific terms or concepts. During trainings, they must also be prepared to deal with a variety of situations and sudden demands or changes to the program. They are our voice and they also help mediate cultural differences.

Without them, capacity building projects would not be successful. Sometimes, projects like the one we have in Nicaragua would not even be possible without someone to carry out Spanish consecutive translation. Whether they’re standing in the background translating documents or they’re standing in the spotlight translating alongside the trainers, translators are crucial players in all our projects, which are made possible by the efforts, contribution and support of many people: trainers, participants and donors like you. Together as a group, we can improve rehabilitation for burn survivors.

 

Familiarizing themselves with technical terms
Familiarizing themselves with technical terms
Addressing sudden demands like media interviews
Addressing sudden demands like media interviews
Jun 13, 2016

With each movement, I'm getting closer to realizing my dream

18-year old Chi-Hung was studying fashion and styling when he was injured during the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park Explosion on June 27th 2015, sustaining third and second degree burns over 80% of his body, including his face, neck, arms and legs.

Before his injury, Chi-Hong was an athlete who excelled in a wide variety of sports, but now, simply holding chopsticks or a spoon has become a challenge for him. For Chi-Hong who hoped to become a professional hairstylist, this is a source of disappointment and distress: “The real pain doesn’t come from doing rehabilitation every day, it come from the impossibility of seeing any progress in my status or imagining what my future will be like.”

Thanks to the support of Sunshine’s social workers and therapists, as well as family and friends, Chi-Hong has put a lot of efforts in his rehabilitation. Every day, he sits in front of a pegboard, picking up metal pegs with his fingers and placing them vertically in the holes as rapidly as possible. As his hand dexterity improves, he is able to pick up smaller metal pegs and eventually, he is able to pick up a pair of scissors to practice cutting hair on a hair styling mannequin. He even helps the mothers of other burn survivors at the Rehabilitation Center by styling their hair in a new fashion.

Chi-Hong’s exercises might seem redundant and monotonous, but with every little peg that he is able to pick up, he is getting closer day by day to realizing his dream of returning to school and becoming an outstanding hair stylist. He is now able to see a future for himself.

Rehabilitation is a long and painful process, with ups and downs, successes and setbacks. Your support gives strength to burn survivors so that they can continue moving forward. That is why we invite you to participate in GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day. Starting on June 15 at 9:00am US Eastern time (June 15 at 21:00 Taiwan time), GlobalGiving will be matching gifts made to Sunshine Foundation.

Support Sunshine’s efforts to give burn survivors in Taiwan access to rehabilitation: https://goto.gg/10558

When does Bonus Day take place?:

US Eastern Time: June 15 at 9:00am to June 15 at 11:59pm or until funds run out.
Taiwan time: June 15 at 9:00pm to June 16 at 11:59am

How will GlobalGiving be matching funds?:

A total of US$110,000 is available as matching funds.
Sunshine will be eligible to receive a 50% match on online donations.

What is the maximum amount for a single donation that is eligible to be matched?:

Online donations of up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization are eligible to be matched.

How can I donate?:

Only online donations made by credit card, PayPal, or a GlobalGiving official gift card are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible.

May 30, 2016

When you see with your heart, you realize that we are the same

A young burn survivor is looking for an apartment, but it’s not going so well. As he meets with various landlords, they seem to find excuses not to rent to him:

“Are you sure that you want to live here? I'm afraid that the other tenants will not like it.”
“There are some apartments across the street which have fewer residents, you should go there and ask.”
“Do you have a job? The rent is not cheap.”

When he leaves, the landlords are more frank about their reasons:

“Is it contagious?”
“What will happen if he scares children?”
“If other people see him here, the value of our house will drop.”

To mark Face Equality Day on May 17, Sunshine Foundation produced a short film which captured some of the prejudices and lack of awareness encountered by burn survivors in their daily lives. See the Face Equality film here.

This film is about apartment-hunting, but it also could have been about applying for a job, getting a seat at the restaurant or any other situation in which burn survivors are confronted to subtle prejudice or open discrimination.

The actor in this film is 18 year-old Chi-Hong who was injured last year during the June 27 Formosa Fun Coast Water Park Explosion. Having sustained burns over 80% of his body, Chi-Hong had to interrupt his studies and is now undergoing intensive rehabilitation at Sunshine Foundation.

During the Face Equality Day celebrations held in Taipei, Chi-Hong shared how this issue resonated with him and why it was important for him to be part of this project. Although society is still full of warmth and generally accepting of differences, inevitably, there are still some people who do not understand what burn survivors must go through to return to a normal life. Chi-Hong says: “Some people will say we were injured as a retribution for bad karma from a past life. Others say we were injured because we’re kids who like to party and have fun instead of staying at home to study. We didn’t ask for this to happen to us. We, and any person for that matter, should be treated with more empathy, respect and friendliness.”

As more burn survivors from the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park Explosion like Chi-Hong recover and complete their rehabilitation program, they will return to their normal life in society: to school, to work, among family and friends. It is important that they are treated fairly, with respect and that is why Face Equality Day is held annually on May 17, to raise awareness about the issue of discrimination based on appearance and change people’s attitudes towards facial disfigurement. Sunshine believes that irrespective of facial appearance, every person deserves to be treated fairly and equally. We hope that the value of every person will be determined by their unique contribution to society, and not by how they look.

Your support can help Sunshine Foundation achieve its goal and we invite you to participate in GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day. Starting on June 15 at 9:00am US Eastern time (June 15 at 21:00 Taiwan time), GlobalGiving will be matching gifts made to Sunshine Foundation.

Support Sunshine’s efforts to give burn survivors in Taiwan access to rehabilitation: https://goto.gg/10558

When does Bonus Day take place?:

  • US Eastern Time: June 15 at 9:00am to June 15 at 11:59pm or until funds run out.
  • Taiwan time: June 15 at 9:00pm to June 16 at 11:59am

How will GlobalGiving be matching funds?:

  • A total of US$110,000 is available as matching funds.
  • Sunshine will be eligible to receive a 50% match on online donations.

What is the maximum amount for a single donation that is eligible to be matched?:

  • Online donations of up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization are eligible to be matched.

How can I donate?:

  • Only online donations made by credit card, PayPal, or a GlobalGiving official gift card are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible.
Chi-Hong shares his experience filming
Chi-Hong shares his experience filming
 
   

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