為了把觸角伸向更多台灣各地的孩子,與孩子們分享冬日節慶的喜悅與溫暖,我們來到了苗栗幼安教養院!這是我們第一次和幼安的孩子與社工老師們相見歡,大家都好熱情好投入喲!感謝幼安教養院還特別頒發感謝狀給我們,實在是太客氣了啦!

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幼安教養院主要的服務對象是老中青幼年的喜憨兒及特殊需求的孩子,特別引進日本專業的無障礙建築設計及逃生設備,讓不同程度的憨兒們都有更安全無憂的生活環境,孩子們除了依能力分班,也會分配到不同的技能班級學習生活技能,例如烘焙班、洗衣班、掃除班,定期調班讓孩子有更多元的學習。

這次跟我們一起做純素薑餅人的孩子們屬於在學班的孩子,平時除了在教養院居住,也會到一般學校上課,有些已滿18歲的孩子則會由機構輔導就業。

在課程前我們特地到了大朋友Paula家拜訪,學習他製作薑餅人的好手藝!果然在課程當天孩子們都做的非常成功呢!從調製麵粉 ( 白海豚中筋麵粉 ) 及糖漿到捏麵團、壓模、脫模成型到入烤箱烘烤,孩子們一個個自告奮勇的到台前來協助老師操作,烘焙班的孩子們甚至比我們還專業呢!最後再用食用糖漿讓孩子們自由創作自己的薑餅,大家都畫的好開心啊!

以往冬日佳欣的課程我們都會特別強調分享與慈悲的重要,雖然這次的工作坊沒有特別提到,孩子們卻紛紛把辛苦烤好的薑餅人與大朋友還有老師們分享,讓我們都好感動與感謝,非常期待2017的課程,繼續回來陪伴孩子們!

老師 TeacherRhea Chou
攝影師 Photographer:Bob 吳軒宇
大朋友 Big Friends:Joanna Chou, Sara Chien, Rufen Cheng ,Daisy Lin
贊助者 Sponsors: 佳欣及贊助者Jia-Xin and Supporters, Rachel Huang 黃子娟, Hiro Liao, 廖國宏 , 直接跟農夫買, 蕭賀韶, 新北市私立育才雙語學, Kevin Dam, 蕭絜, 潘怡安, 潘俊光, 鍾貴真, 國際股份有限公司, Tina Chen, Soda Su, Sabrina Sutherland, Jennifer Yi, Lily Lin, 范家瑋, Jenna Cody Lynn, Lili Lin, 葛馬可  Marco Julian Grishaber
特別感謝 Special Thanks: Paula Perry, 幼安教養院同仁, Vera Lin, 直接跟農夫買
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This was a really special day as it was our first time to head to MiaoLi’s Yu-An Children’s Home for kids and adults with special needs! Being able to continue with Jia-Xin’s journey to the western seaboard of Taiwan this time around was a great adventure!

The staff took us on a tour of the amazing Japanese-constructed center complete with a slide from the fourth floor down to the ground level. The rays of the sunlight danced into each of the rooms, providing a cozy haven for the residents. The residents  have their own chores and also create many items such as soap and baked goods for charity sales. Our team of Big Friends began to set up in the activities room after the tour with some organic local flour thanks to Buy Direct from Farmer’s [White Dolphin All Purpose Flour] and all the assortment needed to make vegan gingerbread from scratch. It was just two days prior we spent several hours at Paula Perry’s house learning how to make these cookies and were so excited to share this with kids at Yu-An Home.

Every one of the student that day was completely dedicated from creating black sugar syrup, weighing dry ingredients, mixing in wet ingredients, and the patience while the cookies baked to get icing ready. There was a lot of excitement and we are happy to include Yu-An as part of the Bright Side Projects neighborhood for 2017, next time making volcanoes!