Help Vulnerable Families during Emergency in Asia

by The Mustard Seed Mission
Help Vulnerable Families during Emergency in Asia
Help Vulnerable Families during Emergency in Asia
Help Vulnerable Families during Emergency in Asia
Help Vulnerable Families during Emergency in Asia
Help Vulnerable Families during Emergency in Asia
Help Vulnerable Families during Emergency in Asia
Help Vulnerable Families during Emergency in Asia
Help Vulnerable Families during Emergency in Asia
Help Vulnerable Families during Emergency in Asia
Help Vulnerable Families during Emergency in Asia

"Mom, if I don't eat as much, can you just work less hard?" Erica's mother is a foreign spouse, who came to Taiwan away from her hometown. After separating from her husband, she has been alone in raising her child.  Especially this year is extraordinarily difficult. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the store she works at for a part-time job was closed down. She has been unable to find a stable job easily but can only work as temporary worker everywhere to meet basic needs for daily life.  

Faced with such an embarrassment, the sensible Erica knew that her mother was busy from morning till night, just to allow herself and the daughter to get by for a minimum wage. One day she looked at her exhausted mother and suddenly said " Mom, if I do not eat as much, can you work less hard?" The child's sensibility and consideration made Erica's mother feel deeply sorry. She was apologetic of how Erica feels about the current situation with the precocious response and blamed herself for not being able to give her child perfect care.  

Erica's mother also tells our community common good partner, "I really appreciate the Mustard Seed Mission Community Network sponsorship service, and this immediate anti-epidemic emergency relief fund has allowed our family to spend during hard time; the staff of Mustard Seed Mission visits and cares us from time to time, while they also help comfort our uneasy and confused mood."

Looking at Erica's thoughtfulness and feeling the care from society, Erica's mother said that "even if I face lots of uncertainties ahead, because of companionship and support from many people, I can have the courage and strength to continue and moving forward. I also hope that Erica will be the help of others in the future, able to spread joy to children, and help more people in need just like we are being helped now."

The Mustard Seed Mission Community Network works together with families in distress and gives caring for those in need. The love of you allows the community to take a big step forward, and help disadvantaged families and children stand up again and keep moving on. With emergency relief, vulnerable families can be timely supported and resettled for the next page of life.     

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What kind of life would the children in the fifth grade of primary school have? 

Hannah's parents divorced when she was young. Since then, Hannah and her dad returned to grandma’s house and lived together with grandma. Unfortunately, dad was killed in a car accident on the way home from work. Hannah lost her loving father, and depended totally on grandma.

Seeing her grandma's elderly figure, Hannah pushed herself to grow up earlier to get rid of the carefreeness and innocence that a fifth grade child would have. She took over family responsibilities ahead of her age, and studied hard at school to achieve good results, and picked up the pot, and did shoveling and cooking once returned home from school.

Knowing the needs of Hannah, the Mustard Seed Mission (MSM) helped her family with emergency relif subsidy, which eased the economic pressure upon the family, letting the family feel the warmth of the society. 

Hopefully, Hannah can continue to maintain the innocence and kindness of the child. With the care and watch of kind-hearted people, she may no longer feel lonely and grow up peacefully and joyfully.

Thank you for being a timely assistance to this family and more families; with your support, vulnerable children can have a happier childhood.

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Timely assistance for the vulnerable
Timely assistance for the vulnerable

They Need Help, But Who Can Help?
We have surveyed the vulnerable families that we are serving, more than 35% of them indicated that they are been economically impacted by COVID-19. The reason was that most of bread earners in these families were gig workers, whose job opportunities are reduced or cancelled due to the epidemic.

This initiate is community-based, With the help of our local community partners, we focus on these aspects:

- Economically disadvantaged families will receive one-time emergency relief funds (average USD$250), directly assisting the vulnerable families in financial relief. Open to the vulnerable families who are not included in the government bailout package.

- Vulnerable families in community will receive epidemic prevention supplies packages (including rice, noodles, canned food, soap, etc.) to maintain their basic needs and improve their safety and reduce the high risk of being exposed to the epidemic. 

Ian is a boy who just turned into 5, he has language learning difficulties and is therefore falling behind his peers in school. His father used to earn a living by doing casual works in Taipei which resulted in his marriage ended in divorce due to the long-term separation of this couple. The pandemic costs his job opportunity and adversely affected the family economic situation. As a result, he was forced to leave Taipei, taking Ian back to Yilan where their tribe is located. The relocation means Ian not only has to adapt to a new home environment but also new school and a new life in a tribe.  

Ian's grandfather once suffered a minor stroke and is now officially registered as a disabled person. He is not capable of doing heavy works so he is doing light environment maintenance works in the tribe, such as removing weeds from the roadside or mending the road cracks, temporary works etc. He lost his job due to the pandemic, too. The family of 4 is relying solely on government subsidy and the grandmother's monthly wage of less than USD$170 working as a temp worker in school. The family has so far accumulated 7 months' rent arrears and is in desperate need for financial help from the society. 

The Mustard Seed Mission learned the plight of Ian's family and immediately arranged social worker visit to assist them with subsidy and emergency relief fund applications so the family can get through this difficult time.

Ian's grandfather was deeply moved and said to us, "Thank you for helping us without even being asked! "

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The Mustard Seed Mission

Location: New Taipei City, Taiwan - China-Taiwan
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New Taipei City, Taiwan China-Taiwan
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