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The Tucheng Home Visit Volunteer Teams Lent an Ear to the Middle School Dropout Students

Kindness is still all around here, from the Newspapers, translated…

“The younger generations cared about their friends, and so, we become their friends, and to try to pull them back onto the right tracks.”, the team of volunteers that’s already set up for six years ago, is the minority group that showed care and concern toward middle to high school dropouts, and in the six years it’s been operating, he’d managed to counsel over five hundred kids, and there were those who were counseled who’d become friends with the counselors too, and even after they’d graduated, they’d still kept in touch.

“The volunteers made home visits in the evenings, and we’d have courses each and every month, to keep our knowledge base up”, the seventy year old volunteer team captain, Chen stated, at first, the team had more than 160 members, but, after hearing the long work hours and the lack of overtime pays, and without the transportation pays, a LOT of people who’d signed up had dropped out, currently, there are only forty volunteers, average at age fifty, to help with the specific cases that dropped out of school, until the separate cases graduated.

“It only takes half a month for some bad influence to set in, and, to return them to the right tracks, it takes a WHOLE lot more effort and time.”  Chen said, in a heartfelt manner, that the cases he worked with are mostly from broken families of origin, and the kids sought that sense of belonging outside, but met up with some bad influence, and, so, they would have their defenses up toward the volunteer uncles and aunts.

In order to get close to this group, the volunteers must frequent the net cafés, the pool halls too.  Chen said, actually, what this group of youth needs is for the adults to hear them out, “You can’t start lecturing them right away, ‘hey, come back to school with me’, you MUST understand where those kids are coming from, to spend some time with them, and you will find, that most of them are willing to talk to you.”

Even though the work is difficult, but this group of volunteers don’t complain, and it’d made a LOT of teenagers break their own defenses down, many, even after they’d graduated still kept contact with the social workers; Chen said, they’d encourage the kids to receive technical trainings, or to work with schools, that way, they’d have a stable source of income, and can also help the families of origin at the same time.

Other than showing care and concerns for dropouts, the home visiting volunteers in recent years, focus on those with a foreign parent, the individuals who lived on the lower end of the socioeconomic status, the children from single parent households too, hoping to help more and more children, and families to return back on the right tracks.

And so, this, is a program set up by the government, to show care and concern for kids from not-so-good backgrounds, and, without the passions of these social workers and home visitors, this program would NOT be working so wonderfully, and, people are still trying to make a difference here.

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With the College Students Accompanying Him, the Depressed Elderly Man Started Smiling

Bringing together the youths, and the elderly populations, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

“Grandpa, did you get a good night’s sleep last night?”, the technical community college student, Huang, hollered out, to an elderly person, in the long-term care facility in Pingdong; other than taking their blood pressures, to check for open wounds, along with the basic medical care procedures, the students would also talk with the elderly, played games with them, and would push the elderly who are in wheelchairs, to go shopping, to allow them to have a high quality of life even at the very end.

“There’s NOT another group of students who are coming next”, because there is a good relation with the students and the elderly populations, if the elderly didn’t see their younger visitors, they’d inquired the hospital staff, hoping to see the fresh new young faces.

Huang said, that interning in the elderly care facilities, it’d allowed them to play games, to hold conversations, to help rehabilitate the elderly, allowing smiles to return back to their faces; and, by the same token, from caring about the elderly, they’d gotten a firsthand understanding at what these elderly are needing in the last stages of their lives.

For this, the students would come up with activities like ping pong fishing, croquet, along with other competitive sport activities, to help the elderly better their hand-eye coordination abilities, and had made certificates of achievements for them, to get the elderly to participate, because “everybody gets a reward”>

Huang said, that the elderly loved playing games, in order to win a certificate of achievement, they’d hollered out to one another, “Keep going!  You’re doing it right!”, worked hard in the games, and, together, they’d gotten the rewards of winning.

Another intern, Chiang had heard that older adults are like children, but, the person they’d helped to care for are, after all, elderly, so, they must show them more respect, especially toward those who have dementia, they must have more patience with them.

Changing the scene to the hospital in Kaohsiung, Huang was put in charge of caring for an elderly man with Parkinson’s and depression, in order to help him out of depression, she’d told him jokes every single day, but, the elderly man never smiled.  Huang still insisted on her “a joke a day” routines, and finally, on the last day of her internship, he’d flashed a smile at her, encouraged her to become an outstanding nurse.  “That, was a very moving moment, which I shall treasure in my memories forever!”

The associate professor from the nursing department of Da-Ren Technical University Su stated, this group of students had accompanied the elderly on a day-to-day basis, and, they’d already internalized this experience, she hoped, that this group of outstanding caretakers, after graduation, can spread this same kindness throughout their friends, families, and, to the community.

And so, this, is a kind of an outreach program, that brings the younger generations and the older generations together, and, by sharing this special time together, both sides benefit from the interactions, it’d not only bettered the quality of life for the elderly, but it’s also enriched the experiences of the younger generation.

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In the Three Years in Juvenile Hall, He’d Read Thirty-Thousand Books, and Managed, to Help Those Who Were Just Like Him See

Turned HIS life around, through reading, the POWER of those words!!!  From the Front Page Sections, translated…

The twenty-three year old Yung, when he was in middle school, in order to help his mother pay up her debts, he’d robbed so many places and was sent to juvenile hall; he hated his mother who was a drunk, and a drug abuser for many years, four years ago, she’d passed away, and, after he’d lost the person he’d hated the most, he’d started, rethinking his own life.  In the three years he was in the juvenile halls, he’d read over thirty thousand volumes of books, last year in August, he was released, and is doing well, made getting into college, opening up a clothes store, and marrying and having children.

“Everybody, think hard, don’t be like me, getting jailed for six, seven years, then, seen that alternative sky opening up.”  Yung followed the Taiwan Youth Care Group to share his own life experiences with those in juvenile detention and youth jails, and would often end the speeches with that statement, and advised to those who came to hear his speeches, NOT blame it on fate.

Yong’s mother works as a bar girl, he has an older half-brother, an older half-sister, and a younger half-sister from his mother; he’d lived with his younger sister and his mother from when he was a child, but she’d gotten drunk, used drugs, and whenever she felt bad, she’d taken it out on them.  Yong’s birth father is in prison for organized crimes, possession of guns and cannons, when he was seven, his father was released, and moved in with his mother, him and his sister.

“The life with my father around was the best time of my life, not only would he cook for us, give us allowances, help with the household chores, my mom no longer gotten drunk, or hit us anymore.”  Yong told, that when he was eleven, his father died of illness, and, his mother returned to her old, drug-using, alcohol-abusing self, and, when he was a second year student in middle school, he’d struck out on his own.

He’d set up stands at the night markets, and would give his mother $15,000N.T. for her living expenses per month, but his mother turned to him for help, because she’d owed $800,000N.T. in gambling debts, back then, he was just fifteen, he’d robbed a casino, betel nut stands, with his friends, to help his mother paid up her debts.

In 2006, Yong was arrested, and sentenced to eight years in juvenile hall, he was sent, to Mingyang Middle School Juvenile Hall in Kaohsiung, and he’d hated his mother, for not giving him a complete family, started getting into fights every single day, and was sent to isolation so many times.  Until three years later, he’d gotten an express mail, stating that his mother died, then, he felt that his life is a total blank.

And the only connection with the world for Yong was gone now, he couldn’t even sleep at night; he’d set himself free for half a year, later, he’d learned to dance, learned Chigong, and guitar too, and took an interests in these activities; Yong had taken the advice of his school instructors, in the three years’ time, he’d managed to read the complete over thirty thousand volumes of books in the library, from a “regular” in the isolation rooms, to the head of his class.

After Yong was released from “prison”, whenever he’d gone to the juvenile detention halls to perform or to lecture, he’d always shared his story with those younger generation, he’d asked everybody what kind of a life they’d wanted for themselves?  Whether or not they’d wanted to end back in jails again, to be separated from their loved ones, to miss out on their children’s growths…………

And so, this man, used his own experiences, to help try to reform those who were just like him when he was younger, and he’d turned his own life around, and, books had played an important role, because they’d encouraged him to do good, to be better, to improve himself as much as he can.










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The Children From an Orphanage Paid a Visit to an Old Folks Home, Went From Shy to Not Wanting to Leave

Here’s something to offer H-O-P-E to the world, after all, this world, is still, already filled with an ASSORTMENT of S-H-I-T, from the Newspapers, translated…

Children from the Compassion Orphanage in Sinchuang yesterday, entered the elderly estate apartments in Wugu with unsettling natures, seeing the white-haired elderly persons all stared at them, at first, the children felt out of place, but, after the children had served the elderly their meals, they’d gotten acquainted, after a little more than two hours of spending time together, this group of elderly and children separated, not wanting each other to leave.

The twenty-eight members of the orphanage rarely had chances of interacting with elderly people, yesterday, in the leadership of the head social worker, Su, they’d first gone to the Hsinbei city’s industrial parks to make a strawberry treat; Su wanted each child to make four, they could have two, but, the other two, they were to save, for the elderly persons they will be meeting up with later on in the day.

In the activities center in Wugu, the manager of the elderly apartment, Huang, took a group of elderly people, and sat them down, in a row, the children from the orphanage had almost NO experiences, interacting with elderly people, so, they were, mostly, shy, but, in the encouragements of the social workers, they’d started holding conversations with the elderly people, and some of them even served the elders their meals.

The eighty-nine year old Tsai lived in the elderly apartments for ten years, she said, that she has her own children, but they’re all very busy, after the husband passed on, she decided to move into an old folks’ apartment complex, but she misses her grandkids very much, and seeing those children from the orphanage, it reminded her of her own grandchildren.

The ninety-year-old woman, Yeou, gave her company, “Juan”, a pottery bear piggy bank, it was made by her, wanting that the young child will save up money, and hugged “Juan”, and it’d made “Juan”, who had never been hugged by an elderly person so moved that she’d cried.

The head secretary of the Social Service Department, Huang stated, that before the Chinese New Year’s an anonymous donation of twenty million dollars was made, to the “materials bank”, the Social Service Department is working out nine plans, to include, helping the less fortunate children get involved into caring for others, and so, the “Embracing Happiness, Glad Accompaniment” program like letting children in orphanages visit with the elderly who lived alone had accomplished just that.

So, this, is a good outreach program, it’d allowed the children who didn’t have anybody to learn to CARE about someone else, to learn to show them the kindness that they lacked themselves, and, by so doing, it can help them become more well-rounded people when they’re older too.







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