Our Christmas tree made by our burn survivors
2012 is almost over and as we look back on this year’s events, we have much to be grateful for. Thanks to your support, we have been able to join the GlobalGiving family in September. Because you donated to our cause (Rehabilitation of burn survivors in Taiwan) and helped promote our work with friends and family, not only were we able to meet the objectives of the Open Challenge, but in fact we were able to exceed them well beyond our imagination. A big thank you to all our individual donors, as well as to the employees of companies like Pegatron for making this possible!
A burn injury is perhaps the biggest trauma a person can go through. Medical treatment following burns is painful, but the ordeal of burn survivors does not end after leaving hospital. In fact, burn survivors face months and years of rehabilitation to regain their physical functions, rebuild their self-esteem and start anew, with their scars. For clients of Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation, this is a process that can take an average of 9 months, sometimes more, and is punctuated by a series of seemingly never ending operations. For burn survivors, life with family, friends and work seems on hold as they devote all their energy and efforts to rebuilding themselves.
To add a little bit of the Chirstmas spirit to our clients' rehabilitation routine, our therapists asked them to paint Christmas ornaments and write messages of hope and encouragement. It's not easy to hold a paint brush when your arm is in a splint, and it's difficult to write your name when your hand is compressed by a pressure glove, but our clients happily took part in the activity, forgetting their functional difficulties to give free rein to their creativity.
As you get ready to celebrate the Holidays with your family and friends, we hope that you will remember these brave survivors for whom there is no vacation from rehabilitation, and that you will continue to support us. You make it possible for burn survivors to focus entirely and without worries on recovering and returning to active life in society.
On behalf of all our clients at Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Rehabilitation, one paint stroke at a time...