老師 Teacher：James Teng / Rhea Chou
攝影師 Photographer：蘇嘉琦 Jia Chi Su, Daisy Lin
廚師 Chef：Rhea Chou
大朋友 Big Friends：劉珈妤, Ichi 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, 潘怡安, 潘俊光, 鍾貴真, 傢式國際股份有限公司, Carol Wu, Tina Chen, Soda Su, Sabrina Sutherland, Jennifer Yi, Lily Lin, 范家瑋, Jenna Cody Lynn, Janet Lin， 葛馬可 Marco Julian Grishaber, Debbie Liu, Ben Yang, Ann Lin, Fong Lynn
特別感謝 Special Thanks: 新馬蘭Fukid部落，郭祐慈, 友善態度自然農園, Mary’s Doggies
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We don’t get the chance to head down to Taitung as often as we’d like to so hope that each time we are there for the kids of ShinMaLan we are able to learn not only enrich our knowledge but also how to benefit others.
The workshop sponsored by JX and sponsors focused on upcycling denim jeans, fabric, and yarns. Every Bright Side class we focus on education sharing knowledge on a social awareness issue and upcycling materials or using what we already have on hand whenever possible. This time we brought in environmental consciousness and animal welfare by giving discarded clothing another life and also learned how to make doggy chew toys out of them!
Teacher Rhea gave a short background on the current situation of stray dogs in Taiwan and we proceeded to upcycle the colorful materials. Thanks to the knotting skills of Teacher James and Rhea these chew toys made by kids would be donated to bring joy to the strays at Mary’s Doggies.
After a hearty diverse and rainbow sweet potato curry plant-based lunch paired with donated organic rice, each child was asked about their dream and the colors they felt represented it. Kids got used paper bowls we collected from an elementary school (yes the ones people use for takeouts) and we cut off the rim to use as the frame for dreamcatchers and used the remainder of the bowl to put scrap in.
The task of looping the yarn around got off to a rocky start but after a few minute, even the youngest children thanks to patience and hands on assistance from Big Friends, were able to proudly complete their own dreamcatchers. Much like Jia-Xin had a dream to spread generosity and year end warmth to kids around Taiwan, Bright Side wants to be here for all youth and adults to empowering them to realize their dream. We all come different background and have different dreams but we must learn to tolerate and accept each others paths in lives.
The afternoon ended with a messy but fun vegan gingerbread decorating session and a recap of the lessons learned we learned from the entire day. We are expanding to other parts of Taiwan and aim for long term involvement in communities, especially in our outreach to Taitung. If you are located in Southern Taiwan, we hope you can join us next time! If you want to sponsor our educational workshops, please contact us so we can keep looking towards the Bright Side with kids and grow alongside them!