Yu-Ling (*) was 56 years old at the time of injury. This mother of two daughters sustained serious injuries after a gas explosion, having severe burns over 40% of her body. Due to the gravity of her injury, Yu-Ling was hospitalized for 6 months, with the first 4 months spent in coma. Her daughters were by her side throughout, talking to her, holding her hand, singing to her and calling her name, but also taking care of not crying in front of her, because they believed they could still reach out to their mother despite the haze of unconsciousness.
When Yu-Ling made a miraculous recovery and finally came out of the coma, she had to come to grip with the fact that she couldn’t use her hands, nor could she stand up and walk. There were a lot of things she could no longer do by herself. Thanks to her daughters, she came to stay at Sunshine Half-Way House and began her long process of recovery by doing daily rehabilitation at Sunshine Rehabilitation Center. Sunshine helped Yu-Ling in her two-year struggle, not only to recover her ability to walk and be independent, but also to come to terms with her scars and her changed appearance.
Although her daughters are grown women, she still felt the guilt of not having been able to be by there side as a mother should for so long. As she began training to regain the use her hands, she spent a lot of time re-learning how to hold a pen and write. Eventually, she was able to write a full page letter to her daughters, telling them how much she loved them and how she wished for their happiness.
And when her eldest daughter got married, she worried at first that if she attended while wearing her pressure garment, she would create a distraction during the event or bring discomfort to the groom’s family. But her daughter said: “Who hasn’t had a parent or a family member who fell ill or was injured? Having my mother by my side during this special day is the best blessing a daughter could have!”
Your support over the last year has been crucial in helping burn survivors like Yu-Ling find the strength to return to a normal life. Now, during GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day on May 7, 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.
Mark the Bonus Day date on your calendar!!!Taiwan time: from Wednesday, May 7 at 9:00 PM to Thursday, May 8 at 11:59 AM.US time: from Wednesday, May 7 at 9:00 AM EST to Wednesday, May 7 at 11:59 PM EST
On behalf of Sunshine Foundation and its international partners, a huge thank you for your support!
PS: We encourage you to make your donation early, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day.
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Little Ming(*) is a rambunctious child, always running around, laughing and chatting. And for the last two years, he has also been undergoing intensive rehabilitation at Sunshine Foundation following major burn injuries. During this time, he stayed at Sunshine Half-Way House, going to school nearby in the morning, then doing rehabilitation at our Center in the afternoon, all the while undergoing a series of reconstructive surgeries for his scars. Burns have brought a lot of pain and disruptions in Little Ming’s life, but his stay at Sunshine wasn’t devoid of happy times, and he experienced many new things and befriended many new people.
On the last week of January, Little Ming finally “graduated” from Sunshine and began preparations to return home among his family. But how do you put two momentous years filled with laughter and pain behind you? Saying goodbye to the people and places you have grown attached to is never easy, even more so for a little child. So Sunshine’s worker discussed with Little Ming how he wanted to mark the end of his rehabilitation and together, they decided to embark on a trip down memory lane.
Over the course of one day, Little Ming went back to Sunshine Half-Way House, Sunshine Rehabilitation Center, the hospital where he was treated, as well as the kindergarten and elementary school where he studied to say goodbye to the people important to him: his doctor, his therapist, his guardian, his teachers and classmates. This trip not only celebrated the ending of Little Ming’s two years of rehabilitation, but it also helped him sort out the complex mix of feelings of happiness, sadness and apprehension that inevitably arises when it’s time to leave and return home. Saying goodbye helped Little Ming find strength to face his future.
Your support over the last year has been crucial in helping burn survivors like Little Ming “graduate” and find the strength to return to a normal life. Now during GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day on February 12, 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!
Bonus Day will be held on…
Taiwan time: from Wednesday, February 12 at 10:00 PM to Thursday, February 13 at 11:59 AM.
US time: from Wednesday, February 12 at 9:00 AM EST to Wednesday, February 12 at 11:59 PM EST
On behalf of Sunshine Foundation and all our clients, a huge thank you for your support!
Today is Christmas Eve. Although Christmas is not a main holiday in Taiwan and is not as widely celebrated as it is in other countries, for clients at Sunshine Rehabilitation Center, it's still a special day. That’s owing to a special tradition of the Rehabilitation Center: every year for Christmas, clients and staff dress up in holiday-themed costumes, then go out singing carols and distributing candies door to door to our neighbors.
Starting on December 24th up until Christmas day, the atmosphere of the Rehabilitation Center suddenly becomes festive as everyone gets ready, deciding what costume to wear, or practicing the lyrics of their favorite carol. Then everyone sets out, going from floor to floor, from office to office, spreading holiday cheers and singing happily (although not necessarily on key, but nobody minds!). This is a way for our burn survivors to thank our neighbors for the support and the care they have shown us throughout the year.
We would like to take this opportunity afforded to us by the Holiday season to also thank all the GlobalGiving donors who supported us during the year 2013, and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for accompanying burn survivors in Taiwan on the long road toward recovery!
For 17 years, Fong-Yi has been working at the Rehabilitation Center of Sunshine Foundation, offering crucial rehabilitation services to burn survivors. No one knows better than her the challenges and the pain that burn survivors must go through during the rehabilitation phase. But she also knows that although it seems like the pain will never end, eventually things will get better and easier. As a therapist, her work not only consists of helping burn survivors recover their physical functions, but also of encouraging them and giving them emotional support.
Not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel is the hardest part of rehabilitation.But no matter what, never give up on yourself!
This is the message that Sunshine Foundation's most senior therapist wants to convey to burn survivors going through the difficult process of rehabilitation...
See how our therapists support burn survivors through this difficult process.
Your support gives burn survivors the strength to go on and makes it possible for our therapists to accompany them in the process. Thank you!
The following is an e-postcard from Sandra Dickison, a GlobalGiving Representative in Taiwan.
Often ignored. Often indoors. Often forgotten. Sunshine Foundation seeks to help those that "shun the sun" because they have burns that cover much of their body by providing rehabilitation services, advocacy for burn survivors, and livelihood opportunities for clients.
On August 6th, Ana and I visited Sunshine Foundation's Taipei Rehabilitation Center. This is the main center for Sunshine Foundation; however, they have 6 regional centers spread throughout Taiwan. At these Centers, Sunshine not only provides rehabilitation services, but they also make the bandages worn by clients. Ana and I were amazed at the intricacy in measuring and creating the garments - every knuckle is measured, every centimeter counts because these garments put pressure on the skin and help with healing - they are also worn nearly 24 hours/day.
Besides visiting the sewing room and meeting with staff, we also had a tour of the rehabilitation center where we saw clients practicing what may appear to be simple exercise - such as squeezing a ball - but are actually exercises that take a lot of concentration and practice. Each client has a specialized rehabilitation plan and they come to the center every day, from 9-5 just like a job. They also live in Sunshine's Halfway House where they find support from their peers (an important part of the healing process) and they gain the confidence to venture out and be in the sun. For example, everyday for lunch and dinner, the clients must go outside to a vendor or a restaurant. With the support of their peers and Sunshine Foundation, burn survivors build the confidence they need to succeed.
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