Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children

by Taiwan Love and Hope International Charity
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Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children
Startup Orphanage for 10 Special Needs Children

Around February of 2021, the Taiwan Love and Hope International Charity had 7 full-time staff members who were mostly in the Public Relations Team. Through your GlobalGiving support, we have been able to hire the following: 1 accountant, 2 social workers, 3 full-time caregivers, 2 part-time caregivers. Our team is growing and positioning us to be able to provide the best services and love to the marginalized children in Taiwan. 

Our goal is to be able to find the right persons in strengthening our team. 

The Taiwan Love and Hope International Charity operates the Love and Hope Children’s Home which is a small-style and family-style orphanage for children with special needs who were mostly previously institutionalized in an elderly nursing home. The Love and Hope Children’s Home got its license to operate last May 14, 2021 but a few days after, Taiwan went on a lockdown because of the surge in COVID-19 cases. The situation improved around the first week of October. 

Your support helped us survive and even thrive during the lockdown in Taiwan.

Last November 21, the Taiwan Love and Hope International Charity was able to organize and host a fundraising event in Kaohsiung, Taiwan that was attended by more than 600 people.  

The organization is preparing for another major event on January 2022.

We hope for your continued support as the Taiwan Government is requiring the organization to produce a NT$10,000,000.00 bond by February 2022 if it wants to continue operating in taking care of children with special needs and disabilities. Initially, the government asked for a NT$30,000,000.00 bond if the intention was to serve at a national level. It was reduced to NT$10,000,000.00 which allows the organization to be recognized as a foundation registered to a particular city in Taiwan (not for the entire country). We really need your support and feel free to email or contact us to inquire about this.

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     Our GlobalGiving project is a startup small home-style orphanage for ten abandoned and neglected Taiwanese children with severe cerebral palsy who have been previously institutionalized in an elderly nursing home. Unfortunately, the children we aim to serve are survivors of physical abuse. The severity of the abuse has left many of them with an equally severe neuromuscular impairment often associated with a group of disorders called cerebral palsy. The parents are imprisoned. Other family members are afraid to take care of them knowing the costs and difficulties. The government places them in an elderly nursing home mistakenly thinking that cerebral palsy is a terminal illness and knowing that the children are bound to grow old there. With no one advocating for them, the children spend a lifetime of neglect and abuse in the elderly nursing home.

    In order to get from the Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare and other local and national government agencies the necessary licenses to operate, formal applications had to be prepared. In addition, renovations had to be carried out to the space rented by the organization in accordance with the building code, safety code, and other rules and regulations set by the government. The application was a very bureaucratic process. We received help from the enlisted personnel and officers of the Taiwan Naval 124 Fleet. They used their free time to clean the rental space, paint the walls, and do various structural renovations. Different furniture such as beds, cabinets, and tables had to be purchased and set up. The flooring was put into place. Specialized rooms such as a counseling room, play area, kitchen area, and dining area were set up. After a series of inspections by representatives of different government agencies, the Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare released the license to operate on May 7th. The next steps were to screen and hire the initial caregiving team composed of licensed nannies and social workers. Unfortunately, two weeks after the release of the license to operate, Taiwan saw a surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the country. The disbursements from the project have so far been primarily used and budgeted for: Children’s Home Preparation and Caregiving Team’s Initial Salaries.

    Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Taiwan around mid-May, all of the fundraising activities we initially planned were forcibly canceled. The biggest challenge we currently face is a government policy that requires the Taiwan Love and Hope International Charity to produce a NT$ 30,000,000.00 (approximately US$ 1,074,360 @ NT$ 1 = 0.0358) bond by the end of seven months to keep its license to operate. It is the legally required amount for a charity organization that aims to serve children with disabilities and other special needs. Unfortunately, the Taiwanese government has been complicated and uncompromising regarding this matter despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the smallness of our organization.

   Despite the insurmountable challenges we face, we remain hopeful. We are committed to loving the children that many in Taiwanese society have failed to love. Every little help can make a huge difference. We are eternally grateful for your support of our GlobalGiving project. With your generous help, we have so far been able to create a safe and loving environment. We just patiently wait for the government to allow us to rescue the children from elderly nursing homes as soon as the pandemic eases. Together we can make the world a better place for children. We hope you can continuously be part of this journey. Share this project with your friends and family. Together, let us make both love and hope visible to the children. Thank you again for your generous support!

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Taiwan Love and Hope International Charity

Location: Kaohsiung - Taiwan
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Project Leader:
Joseph Anthony Narciso Tiangco
Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung Taiwan
$12,740 raised of $50,000 goal
 
154 donations
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