Family-like Care for Taiwan High-risk Children

by The Mustard Seed Mission
Family-like Care for Taiwan High-risk Children
Family-like Care for Taiwan High-risk Children
Family-like Care for Taiwan High-risk Children
Family-like Care for Taiwan High-risk Children
Family-like Care for Taiwan High-risk Children
Family-like Care for Taiwan High-risk Children
Family-like Care for Taiwan High-risk Children
Family-like Care for Taiwan High-risk Children
Family-like Care for Taiwan High-risk Children
Family-like Care for Taiwan High-risk Children
Family-like Care for Taiwan High-risk Children
Family-like Care for Taiwan High-risk Children

For ordinary families, a happy outing is very common, but for the children and parents from disadvantaged families, it's like an unimaginable dream. Thanks to the love and care from the society, let the children and parents of i-ro i-ro Children's Home, together with their caregivers, have this joy and touch on the annual Family Day.

Waiting for the sunrise on the beach
Waiting for the sunrise on the beach

It is not dawn yet. At the seaside of northern Emerald Bay, the adults and children are sitting on the beach, waiting for the black night to fade away. A dim light breaks through the clouds and the sun rises also illuminating their hearts. Today, there is a significant and important task- responding to the UN SDGs "Life Below Water"- the Beach Cleanup Action starts in the rising sunrise.

Everyone holds an iron clip in one hand and a garbage bag in the other, walking back and forth on the beach. It seems to be looking for treasures, actually they want to find out the rubbish buried in the sand. After picking up for a period of time, even the sun shines above, everyone is still full of "Harvest" and with a smile of accomplishment on the face.

The children patiently searching and picking up trash on the beach
The children patiently searching and picking up trash on the beach

This beach cleaning activity not only achieves the purpose of protecting the environment and removing garbage, but more importantly, it teaches children the importance of caring for the ocean and establishing the concept of protecting the environment. Let the children understand that every time they pick up a piece of garbage, they are contributing for the global marine ecology and the overall health of human beings. 

After completing the beach cleaning, every adult and child, looking at the results, fully understand that we should start to change the habits in life and implement the actions of reducing the amount of garbage, so as to have the opportunity to restore the beautiful ocean. The scenery makes the ecological environment we live in no longer deteriorate.

Beach cleanup action succeeded!
Beach cleanup action succeeded! 

Through extending from the environment to family education, the nature is our best mentor. Making every child learn positively through physical practice, start from caring for the living environment, and cultivating correct concepts from childhood, they will be able to give back to the society and the environment in the future as an adult.

With i-ro i-ro Children's Home community supportive care services, looking after vulnerable children in the community, a safe and stable growth environment is established for high-risk families and children. At the same time, it takes into account the parental growth of the children's families, and gradually restores the family care function.

Thank you so much for being a life-changing support! 

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Sunny concentrating on her homework

Early in the morning, the social worker received a phone call from MSM Community Common Good Partner, telling that 2 children under their long term care will have no one to take care of soon, because their father was going to be in custody. The two children had lived in unstable condition. With their father’s petition, "i-ro i-ro Children's Home", the Mustard Seed Mission community care base, promised to take care of Sunny and her elder brother.

The first time meeting the 7-year-old Sunny, she had warm smiles and bright eyes. She shared with the social worker "We can’t live at home as my dad was locked up because of his wrong deed." Sunny and her brother are children of single-parent family from remote areas. Their father, whose job is unsteady, has addiction to alcohol and tobacco. Due to his neglected parenting, the two children were already long cared by MSM Community Common Good Partner. The family's living environment was messy, and their clothes and quilts had not been replaced with new ones for years. Sunny has a poor lung function as result of long term exposure to second-hand smoke. She also has allergies and head lice; the bad smell of her body undermines her relationship with others; no classmates want to be friends with her, leaving her lack of self-confidence. Sunny has turned into sad "Cloudy".

Now, the first thing that Sunny does every day after returning i-ro i-ro Children’s Home is taking a bath. Moreover, Sunny is taught to tidy up the environment via doing houseworks. During the holidays, she is able to play ball outdoor with other children. The exercises help her to build physical strength and gaining self-confidence through interacting with others and expressing herself.

i-ro i-ro Children's Home is a community childcare institute that the Mustard Seed Mission cooperates with our Community Common Good Partners. Such cooperation enables children of dysfunctional or needy families to get proper care and life education including the basic self-hygiene and self-care, in the original community and environment. Through the interaction in schools, families and communities, the children’s character, academic learning, interpersonal relationship and parent-child relationship would be reconstructed or restored.

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Witness of domestic violence

When Neo was living in his original family, his mother did not have a job so she couldn't afford to feed Neo, his younger sister, and herself. In addition to this, his mother's boyfriend constantly beat his mother and Neo. Not only as witnesses of domestic violence, Neo and his sister often got mental and physical abuse. As a result, his mother suffered from mental issues. Rubbish piled up in the house without anyone to take care of it; mosquitos thrived and consequentially all three of them got scabies.

Neo was beaten and kicked, and he was also a witness of domestic violence.
Neo was mistreated and he was also a witness of domestic violence
Doesn't Like His Sister

Neo hated when he had to clean up after his sister urinated and defecated. He carried the responsibility of his mother on his shoulder, while his sister always act innocent in front of his mother, letting Neo take all the blame from their mother. In the heart of Neo, his sister is simply a dirty and naughty chaos. What's worse is that their scabies couldn't be cured because cross-infection between the two of them. After staying in the hospital for one month, the two were placed in a family-like placement institute. At first, Neo always kept his distance away from his sister, refused to be involved in anything related to her.

Neo once disliked his sister and didn't want to have any contact with her.
Neo once disliked his sister and didn't want to have any contact with her

Holding Onto His Sister's Hand

One year passed, under the guidance of social workers and their fostering parents, Neo started to notice that his "dumb sister" became more mature and caring, learned how to shower, brush her teeth and go to bathroom all on her own. His sister had started her new semester in her kindergarten, learning about numbers and zhuyin. Every time Neo got new stationaries, he would be more than willing to share them with his sister. He started to help her prepare things for her school day in her backpack. Whenever they went out together, Neo would protectively hold her shoulder or her hand. Whenever she got sick, Neo would be the first one to worry about how she's doing, asking "Is everything alright?...are you feeling better?"

No one knows where Neo and his sister would eventually end up at; no one knows if their mom could get any better. Nevertheless, Neo knows that he has to hold his sister's hand towards the future, because they are in the family.

Now Neo takes care of his sister.
Now Neo takes care of his sister
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