On the morning of May 25, Magistrate Chiu Ching-Chun and Director-general of Social Affairs Department Lin Song paid a visit to the Blue Sky House (藍天家園) in Baoshan Township. Along with the Promotion Association of Traditional Culture for New Immigrants (新住民文化民俗技藝推展協會) and mothers from Baoshan’s Xin Cheng Community, Magistrate Chiu and Director-general Lin invited 28 teenagers to make Zongzi (rice dumplings), hoping that the social care activity can integrate community resources and ethnic groups to further distribute care and love to every corner of the society.
Led by Director-general Fan Shi-Rong, 8 members of the Promotion Association and many mothers from Xin Cheng Community worked together to teach 28 teenagers living in Blue Sky House how to make Zongzi. Throughout the morning activity, they made ordinary and delectable Taiwanese Zongzi, square or rectangular Vietnamese Zongzi, and exquisite sachets on their own, which earned much praise from Magistrate Chiu.
Magistrate Chiu gave away stationery to teenagers when the activity came to a close, looking forward to seeing them study harder and make some contributions to the society in the future. Director-general Fan pointed out that new immigrants mostly faced more challenges in nurturing their children than the general Taiwanese did since they have been new and unfamiliar to this land. Fan added that despite the fact that new immigrants have been constantly receiving aids from the Taiwan community in recent years, the Promotion Association has so far identified many underprivileged families in needs through the social services activities ever held since the foundation. Seeing the current situation, the Association made up its mind to join this social care activity and to offer aids to those disadvantaged teenagers.
In addition to the Blue Sky House, Magistrate Chiu and Director-general Lin also offered charity Zongzi to another 3 juvenile residential institutions, including St. Teresa Children Center (德蘭兒童中心), St. Francis of Assis Child Care Center (聖方濟兒少中心) and Der Xin House (德心之家). It is anticipated that the social care activity can pass care and love to every community in the County and accelerate the ethnic integration, thus encouraging all new immigrants to participate in the social welfare activities.
Source: Women and Children Welfare Section, Social Affairs Department of Hsinchu County Government
Contact person: Li Xiao-Hui (Tel: 5518101 ext. 325) & Huang Shuo-Bin
Writer: Chen Zhi-Hong, Press Section