Without a doubt, the start of 2020 has been difficult for not only Taiwan but the world. Bright Side Projects is almost entirely based on face to face interaction with our communities as we believe in a world that’s increasingly online, personal engagement is still one of the key ways to build trust and compassion. Taiwan was on the forefront of recognizing the dangers of COVID-19 and was able to crack down in January.
Thus, the country was able to currently slow down COVID-19 but government mandates also limited our ability to conduct creative education with the kids and prepare meals with them. Check out our report for more!
No. of creative edu classes 2020 SS: 12 No. of Plant-based Meals served to Youth and Community: 153 Big Friend Volunteers: 69 Training: 2 sessions / 16 pax Plant-based noodles donated: 510 packs
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Necessities delivery with the community in Taitung
Happy 2020! I hope this finds everyone well. I have attached our annual 2019 report for everyone to see what we've been up to since the last update and will also provide some more details in this email on the going-ons since then. Most of our activities for the necessities and gifting take place after the deadline of our last report (Dec7th) so we wrapped up our large scale year end necessities and food drive in December and January to ChingChuan and Taitung, with over $5000 USD / 100,000NT worth of quality plant-based resources for 20 families.
Due to the recent virus outbreak, with schools and gatherings delayed, we have been off to a slower start in terms of our usual workshops being pushed back a few weeks, but have been gathering momentum in our Brighter Futures Program. This Program includes plant-based meals in conjunction with providing our Bright Side Youth 16+ with life and work skills. Whereas previous workshops are dependent on volunteers, with this program as it targets a smaller number of youth, we have been heading to the Children's Home directly in small groups to aid them one on one. We were also able to squeeze in a woodcraft workshop at the beginning of January with our indigenous youth in Chingchuan and had an amazing plant basedmeal spread with Omnipork Bafang dumplings, fried rice, and fruitcake muffins.
No. of creative edu classes 2019: 29 No. of Plant-based Meals served to Youth and Community: 243 Big Friend Volunteers: 173 Amount of organic rice delivered in December 1146 lbs
We have our workshops through April lined up including an intensive Bright Side Projects training combined with Trauma Informed Education training, and look forward to providing you with more updates later on! If you are in town and want to join our workshops be sure to check our Facebook.
Rice food staples in ChingChuan
Omnipork dumplings from BaFang for ChingChuan Kids
We are so excited to be able to officially join the GlobalGiving platform and provide our first update to our generous sponsors! Pleaser download our PDF for the newsletter and breakdown of some of our key events since December. Thanks to your support, since your donation we've hosted 13 creative education + plantbased meal workshops throughout all of Taiwan from Orchid Island with indigenous youth to a Miaoli Shelter providing resources to those with disabilities. We are now working with SUIIS platform, Taiwan's largest vegetarian online shopping platform, to provide food staples to families in need and more plant-based meals for our youth.
2019 FW Friendship Meter While we may spend 60-95 hours for each workshop regardless if it’s half day or full day and could easily execute a 300-500 person event during the same amount of planning, we limit each of our workshop attendance to approximately 15 members in the community and 15 Big Friends. This increases enhance the quality of interaction and depth of engagement, making everyone a memorable individual instead of simply a “volunteer.”
No. of creative education workshops since September: 13 No. of Free Plant-based Meals served to Youth and Community: 100 (could be made for or made with communities) Big Friend Volunteers: 54 Anticipated Families for plant-based staples to be provided for: 23 Anticipated amount of organic rice to deliver in December 1146 lbs
In each workshop Bright Side Projects cooked for or with the community plant-based meals, providing nutrition and a little bit of warmth through the cold winter months. The month of December still looms and much more work to be done. We look forward to providing you with more updates.
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