How this program persisted, despite how hard the times are, hitting, because there is, this, dire, need for it! Off of the Newspapers, translated…
The secretary general, Hong of the Taiwanese Cohesive Love Foundation of Taiwan” is a full-time housewife, in her working as a volunteer, she’d found, that the students in distant-regions lacked the afterschool tutor help session resources, that the afterschool programs provided by the schools couldn’t meet the demands of the parents’, she’d gathered a group of volunteers, and set up the Cohesive Love Foundation, and other than offering the students the academic tutoring help after school, also cared for the moral education of the students as well.
The fifty-year-old studied at the Chishan Agricultural Skilled Technical High School, due to chance, started working as a volunteer for the Taiwanese Fund for Children & Families in Kaohsiung, and, due to the many years of experiences in volunteering with the group of volunteers, she’d zoomed in on the needs of the children in her locality, set up the Cohesive Love Volunteer Group to help the elementary and middle school students who are in need of tutoring after school, providing the suppers and the afterschool help session for eight years on end.
“As the foundation just got set up, we don’t have a set place, and we can only borrow the place from the local community centers, and, whenever there are local activities, we’d become, nomads”, Hong told, without the locations, the social workers had let the group of students to the local McDonald’s to hold the learning sessions, and it was hard from the start, as the desks and chairs they used are from the donated secondhand places, there is the lacking in funding and resources for the program, she’d once thought of ending the work of the foundation, but then, she’d thought about how the kids won’t have their meals, and still, carried on the work, and thankfully, her husband, her own children were all, very supportive of her cause.
photo of the food shop set up by the foundation in March to help the middle and older women, as well as the handicapped individuals on a second career, photo from UDN.com
A lot of the parents worked far away, and by the time they arrived to pick up their young it was already six, seven in the evenings, and the afterschool help programs offered by the local schools only lasted until five in the afternoon, the students had nowhere they could go, the parents came home tired from work, the students lacked the educational support they’d needed from the families, and the Cohesive Love Foundation focused on the concerns and needs of the families individually, enforced the communications between parents and children, moral education, and, the cleaning of the households, and other courses.
Of them, an elderly woman, Chiu’s son divorce his wife due to their differences of views on family, left four grandchildren to her to care, after the foundation’s matching the son of the elderly woman up with a temporary job, the son would return home late, and the grandmother considered that after work, it would be too hurried for her to pick up her grandchild from the afterschool program at his school, she’d, signed her grandson up for the courses at the foundation, and she’d, gotten, some relieve.
Hong told, a lot of people didn’t learn to be husbands, wives, and parents until after they were married, hoping that there is a specialty department helping the younger generations to deal with their issues in marriage, also offer the lessons in childcare, to reduce the problems of the families, and the society.
And so, this woman saw a need in her locality, and, started thinking of ways to offer the assistance that the local people would need, and, it’s with that thought of wanting to help relieve the stresses of the individual families, that’s carried her far, in offering the assistance to these families in need.