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Oct 24, 2019

Volunteer Team in Palu - Visit and Evaluation

After 1 year, Palu is still in reconstruction.
After 1 year, Palu is still in reconstruction.

On the first day (10/7) in Palu area, The Mustard Seed Mission volunteer team visited many places and key persons in order to collect more information and data about the disaster. Then, they looked after the community map to plan the widely understand the community situation for the preparation of disaster risk reduction.

Along the way, there are still many places in the disaster area that have not been rebuilt and restored.

In Mpanau Village, about 50 temporary houses were rebuilt in situ. It is forbidden to build any house within 100 meters of the coastline according to the government's strategy to rebuild the disaster areas; however, temporary houses are not limited to this.

So about 50 temporary houses were still being rebuilt in situ. Most of the community people were in relatives' homes before the temporary house construction is completed. Temporary houses would become permanent houses if people did not move out for a long time.

However, to know how to quickly respond to natural disasters is crucial to the affected villagers. The Mustard Seed Mission is focusing on disaster risk reduction education so sending a volunteer team in October 2019 to share and guide local government, schools, and villagers to know the knowledge and skills about disaster prevention and risk reduction.

Temporary houses under construction.
Temporary houses under construction.

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Sep 12, 2019

Using the Art of Liuli to Break Down the Walls Within the Hearts of Teens

Youth enjoys art and making their own  souvenir
Youth enjoys art and making their own souvenir

To encourage teenagers to lead healthier lifestyles, the Mustard Seed Youth Home located in Hualien has conducted a DIY activity that has infused the art of liuli. The home hopes that the activity will discourage teens from the negative influence of cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. It also hopes that this activity will encourage them to be more interested in the arts through free expression in their very own creations.

During the creation process, these teens became very focused on their learning. From the heating to the cooling of glass, they were meticulous and were careful about every single detail. This activity has become a significant part of their memory, and they hope to share their creation with their loved ones.

One of the teens, Xiao En, shared that she will be gifting it to her foster mother when she gets back home during the summer holidays, as she is extremely grateful for being taken good care of all this time. Another teenager, Xiao Fu, said that he hopes to immortalise every friendship he has in his art piece, and he hopes that it will be a constant reminder to respect and cherish his friends.

We also hope that the artistic creation process has given these teenagers the space and the time to reflect. Through quieting down their hearts, they are able to look back at every journey taken that has led them up to this. By breaking down the walls in their hearts, they will be able to become more gracious and accepting. We hope nothing but the best for these teens as they continue their life journey.

Give them wings to fly, help these youths in need!

We invite you to provide financial support for these young adults.

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*Challenge Camp - Help community underprivileged children in Taiwan are able to have the chance to see and learn more!

*Sprout Up Project - Help Vulnerable Children’s Life Have Bright Future.

*Diversified Learning Project for Children- Help Children in Agape Children’s Home and Mustard Seed Youth Home are able to explore more through learning.

*End Hunger  - Build a Food Bank Distribution Center - Sharing food to community needy people and families!  

*Fly High! Empower Disadvantaged children in Taiwan

*Indonesia Tsunami Post-Disaster Recover Project

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The Mustard Seed Mission

Website: http://www.mustard.org.tw/locale/en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mustard.tw/
Donation Information: https://www.mustard.org.tw/locale/en/tab/898
E-Newsletter: https://goo.gl/e8EUBo
MSM - the 1st registered Social Welfare Organization in Taiwan -  https://youtu.be/qyTAv0L5Sz0

Sep 12, 2019

Transitioning into Adulthood - Summer Camp

Experiential learning - students enjoying games
Experiential learning - students enjoying games

The Journey of Life

The Mustard Seed Mission has once again conducted its annual summer camp, which has been tailored for its foster children graduating from elementary school. This is a significant milestone for these children as graduation is not just the end of their academic journey in elementary school. More significantly, this is a new beginning as they step into adolescence. To better prepare them in coping high school, the southern branch of Mustard Seed Mission incorporated various experiential learning activities based on four cornerstones - wisdom, strength, soul and social interaction.

Passing Down Knowledge

Apart from the experiential learning activities, the summer camp, held over four days, infused two themes into its activities- “Prepared for Natural Disaster” as well as “Lifelong Experience”. The children learnt about how to prevent natural disasters and to use the correct knowledge and positions to cope with the disasters. These life skills will help the children to protect themselves and they were able to share this knowledge with their families and friends.

Building Team Spirit

Many social workers and volunteers were involved in this summer camp, through planning and leading the various activities, the entire atmosphere of the summer camp felt like a city of happiness. Apart from learning and gaining knowledge, the children were also able to understand social interactions better. On the last day of the summer camp, Xiao Kai, who was one of the children at the camp, said, “I wasn’t happy initially. However, I received a lot of encouragement from one of the volunteers, who spurred me on to have courage and speak up. Eventually, I was able to make friends with many children.” Xiao Shan, another child at the summer camp, shared, “I have never given it much thought but I realised that teamwork is amazing.”

Through various activities, these four days of summer camp has allowed the children to learn to protect themselves, to help other people and to love their community and their country.

This summer camp has been an excellent platform for students to develop higher self-confidence and provided guidance for them to constantly challenge themselves. They have also learnt the amazing impact of teamwork. The Mustard Seed Mission invites you to support these children!

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*Challenge Camp - Help community underprivileged children in Taiwan are able to have the chance to see and learn more!

*Sprout Up Project - Help Vulnerable Children’s Life Have Bright Future.

*Diversified Learning Project for Children- Help Children in Agape Children’s Home and Mustard Seed Youth Home are able to explore more through learning.

*End Hunger  - Build a Food Bank Distribution Center - Sharing food to community needy people and families!  

*Fly High! Empower Disadvantaged children in Taiwan

*Indonesia Tsunami Post-Disaster Recover Project

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The Mustard Seed Mission

Website: http://www.mustard.org.tw/locale/en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mustard.tw/
Donation Information: https://www.mustard.org.tw/locale/en/tab/898
E-Newsletter: https://goo.gl/e8EUBo
MSM - the 1st registered Social Welfare Organization in Taiwan -  https://youtu.be/qyTAv0L5Sz0

Playing monopoly  for natural disasters knowledge
Playing monopoly for natural disasters knowledge
Big smiles for those who attended the summer camp
Big smiles for those who attended the summer camp
 
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