如同往常，我們總回到2012年剛開始舉辦Jia-Xin 年度活動的地方，結束每一次的Jia-Xin 活動，那就是和清泉部落超棒的小朋友們一起玩耍!
As always we end Jia’Xins year’s activities where we first started in 2012, hanging out with the wonderful kids of ChingChuan! (English below)
如芬帶了一堂課，教大家如何不逢針線作布偶，她把自己在家做的可愛布偶豬拿來示範。這次我們還有更多美好的驚喜—瑪琳達舒茲帶了一節曼陀羅彩繪的課程，還有Ooh Cha Cha! 為我們準備熱騰騰的蔬食餐。
早上的課程包含了布偶製作，小朋友與大朋友合力親手設計，在午餐前完成可愛的布偶。小朋友們對於布偶形狀的製作充滿創意，大朋友則在一旁協助一些年紀更小的小朋友，好讓他們把布料能組合在一起。我們的布偶包括歪臉貓、蝙蝠、籃球枕頭還有羊咩咩雲朵! 午餐則由台北知名蔬食咖啡館 Ooh Cha Cha 提供的季節無麩質燉蔬菜，裡面充滿了紫色、橘色及黃色的番薯、茄子、有機鷹嘴豆及有機扁豆和有機波菜。
Rufen led the class in creating sewless plushies, showing her cute sample pig that she made at home. This time we had even more wonderful surprises – Malinda Schultz leading a Mandala session and a delicious plant-based main course prepped by Ooh Cha Cha!
Hoping to be more environmentally friendly in the future, Bright Side has begun banning plastic bottles that can be brought to workshops and look into recycled goods for the materials we use. Bright Side Projects generally bans gift-giving of toys except during our end of the year activities. This time, however, we decided to empower kids to make their own toys. Utilizing secondhand fabrics that could be made into sewless plushies kids were in charge of brainstorming, drawing, and creating their own toys.
The morning consisted of the plushies creation. Children and Big Friends were hands on in designing and getting the adorables plushies finished up by lunchtime. Kid were so creative with the shapes and Big Friends really were there to work together with some of the younger kids as the tying could get a little bit difficult. We had plushies resembling lopsided cats, bats, basketball pillows, hearts, and sheep clouds! Lunch was served with one of Taipei’s top plant-based café Ooh Cha Cha’s delicious seasonal gluten-free Bounty Stew, one that’s packed stew filled with purple, orange and yellow sweet potatoes, eggplant, organic chickpeas, organic lentils, and organic spinach.
Malinda took the second half of the afternoon to talk about compassion and show us how to begin the creations for individual and a big group Mandala. The final art will be auctioned with proceeds benefiting a village in Nepal.
Today was a wonderful way for the kids to learn about the warm and compassion from Jia-Xin and also have the opportunity to pay if forward to others. Thanks to everyone who was with us this afternoon and shared in the meal and learning experience!
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Thank you Taoshan Elementary School’s Principal Su, Teacher Lin YuHong, and Father Barry from the Catholic Church!
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