Alexandra was adopted through Cathwel Service. Now she is adult and wants to give back to Cathwel. She will be taking part in her first triathlon this coming March and would like to raise money to help Cathwel take care of children at Jonah House. The funds will go towards improving facilities of Jonah House for physical activities and to make possible a group cycling trip. (The project's beneficiaries are children at Jonah House rather than Alexandra.)
Presently there are 60 infants and adolescents living at Jonah House and are waiting for adoption as they were unable to be taken care of by their birth families. Some came from dysfunctional households and were even subject to abuse. While a playground is available, improvements are needed in order for the children to make full use of the space.
This project will provide the funds to make these improvements and to support and encourage children to undertake physical activities in and outside of their home. In addition to facilities improvements, the funds will contribute to the previously held group cycling trip around the island of Taiwan. As a team, adolescents will spend two weeks together touring the island. Such a trip will build core personal skills, friendships and resilience within and among the adolescents for the future.
Getting out into fresh air and into the outdoors offers children and young adults the opportunity to grow and learn new skills. Extra-curricular activities have always been essential to the development of a child. Physical activity not only improves health and reduces risk of illness and disease, but also has therapeutic value and is beneficial to the overall well-being of an individual.