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Jun 18, 2019

Summer Challenge Camp - First Snorkeling

Children practice snorkeling in a pool
Children practice snorkeling in a pool

The Mustard Seed Youth Home in Hualien, Taiwan, held a summer camp for adolescent to experience snorkel for the very first time. We went to Shimen in Fengbin Township early in the morning. The coach explained how to wear the swimming mask correctly and the proper way to use it, he also shared the precautions of breathing in the ocean. Furthermore, he taught everyone to respect nature, leave no traces, and take away all the garbage. Although the waves were a bit high, we can still see creatures in the sea.

For most children, it is their very first time snorkeling; they wanted to dive into the sea, yet they had great fear inside and hesitated. From holding back to enjoy the ocean, it is a great opportunity for children to overcome themselves. When all the children stepped into the ocean, Han was very scared. Although he was assisted by others, he could not stop crying. With constant encouragement from the team, Han slowly calmed down and felt the swing of the sea. Gradually not needing others’ assistance, Han could float along with the sea, or even tried to swim to the place where he could not step on the ground.

For children who have experience snorkeling before, in addition to the observation of the sea, the beautiful bay is a great location to have diverse experience. They became “professional divers” doing front flip, after flip, fancy diving and rotary diving; with endless creativity and joy, made this experience lively and vivid.

At the end of the event, everyone was filled with joy. Xian, who once had experience in drowning, finally overcame the fear in his heart and said that he wants to swim in the new semester, and Han could float and enjoy the water eventually.

Children snorkeling in the cove
Children snorkeling in the cove
Let's dive together
Let's dive together
Jun 17, 2019

Serving the Community is a Great Start!

Teens make effort into contributing the society
Teens make effort into contributing the society

Monthly cleaning streets activity was coming! Teens from Mustard Seed Youth Home brought up all cleaning stuffs, like brooms, trash bags, dustpans, rakes, and a cart, and walked to the community. While they were cleaning, neighbors cheered up for them. Besides, the chief of village saw them keeping picking up trashes in the sun and sweating, so he bought beverages for them. All of them were happy and all the tiredness were gone!

There were many kinds of trash on roads and in bushes, glasses, betel nut residue, cigarette butts and boxes, to go boxes, beverage cups, plastic bags, styrofoam, and even needles were included. After nearly an-hour of cleaning, they realized how hard cleaners work. Some said that people should not litter, because it may cause others' inconvenience. Moreover, if people stop littering, it's not necessary for teens from Mustard Seed Youth Home to clean up communities.

When we started this project, teens had some complain at the beginning. They wondered that why they had to clean communities, while there're still lots of places to be cleaned in the Mustard Seed Youth’s Home. The teachers communicated with them and shared with them that with everyone's effort, communities will be cleaner and it’s also a way to contribute to the society. They finally realized the meaning of this project and were willing to make effort to do so.

Through Diversified Learning ProjectMustard Seed Youth Home provides teens a variety of opportunities to learn, developing themselves, having more experience of social life, improving their social interaction skill in small groups, and enhance the social adaption skill. Moreover, Diversified Learning Project also focuses on moral education, helping teens develop positive characteristic and patience so that they may have good future and interaction relationship after leaving the Mustard Seed Youth Home.

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Our Projects:
*Challenge Camp http://bit.ly/2NKscIM - Help community underprivileged children in Taiwan are able to have the chance to see and learn more!

*Sprout Up Project http://bit.ly/2NJk0bV - Help Vulnerable Children’s Life Have Bright Future.

*Diversified Learning Project for Children http://bit.ly/2NJoPC7 - Help Children in Agape Children’s Home and Mustard Seed Youth Home are able to explore more through learning.

*End Hunger http://bit.ly/2NM41Kj - Build a Food Bank Distribution Center - Sharing food to community needy people and families!

*Indonesia Tsunami Post-Disaster Recover Projechttp://bit.ly/2RAApke

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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

A Boy bend down to pick up trash
A Boy bend down to pick up trash
Children carefully clean in the middle of the road
Children carefully clean in the middle of the road
May 28, 2019

A Warm and Lovely Environment for Children

Miao's sponsor treats Miao like a her own daughter
Miao's sponsor treats Miao like a her own daughter

I am a social worker in the Mustard Seed Mission. After working here, the biggest change is that I start to value family and living environment seriously.

The impact of the mother's death

Miao's case impressed me the most. She studied in the 3rd grade in elementary school. She was close to her mother, but her mother passed away last year. It was hard for Miao to accept the tragedy. She missed her mother a lot. 

Miao's father is a manual worker and seldom goes home because he has to work in other cities; besides, Miao's eldest siblings also study in other cities. In her hometown, her sixth-grade elder brother and her live in a budokan which belongs to a friend of Miao's father. Her father gives living expense every month and asks his friend to take care of his two children. The father and his children are in a good relationship although they cannot meet often. He always tries his best to spare some time to meet them. 

Environment Full of Love and Security

Miao is skinny and always eats junk foods. She feels insecure without her parents' accompany, so she stays with her brother everyday. She is introverted. With my accompany and hand-written letters from her sponsor, Miao realized that even though her parents are not beside her, there is still someone who cares about her and loves her in the world and it makes her feel like she is a loved one. 

Miao seems to gradually realize that there are many people caring about her, so she wears a smile on her face more often and also be more extroverted. Miao comes and shares with me that she hopes she can help others like what we are doing to her now.

Every time, I am so touched after visiting our sponsored children's families. I want to share to children who encounter difficulties, “Don't let the bad situation make you frustrated. There is still someone willing to give you a hand. When you grow up, hope that you can help others!"

This project is to provide immediate and holistic support to needy families in the community. Through the program of talent learning and self-affirmation growth camps, financial assistance, and various multi-service programs, we aim to provide more opportunities for vulnerable children or youth to learn and well-develop!

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Our Projects:

*Challenge Camp  http://bit.ly/2NKscIM - Help community underprivileged children in Taiwan are able to have the chance to see and learn more!

*Sprout Up Project http://bit.ly/2NJk0bV - Help Vulnerable Children’s Life Have Bright Future.

*Diversified Learning Project for Children  http://bit.ly/2NJoPC7 - Help Children in Agape Children’s Home and Mustard Seed Youth Home are able to explore more through learning.

*End Hunger  http://bit.ly/2NM41Kj - Build a Food Bank Distribution Center - Sharing food to community needy people and families!

*Indonesia Tsunami Post-Disaster Recover Project http://bit.ly/2RAApke

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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
 
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