(AsiaNews) - Intermarriage between Taiwanese men and young immigrant women has become
more frequent in the past few years. Most of the women come from Vietnam,
Indonesia, Thailand and mainland China. I remember that last week we reported
on a primary school in Keelong. At one point, the teacher asked the 30 or so
children "How many of you have a Vietnamese mother?" Eighteen children raised
their hand right away.
families that remain in the cities during the summertime, it is often hard to
reconcile the children's summer break with the rest of the school year. Support
courses are often very expensive, especially for families with more than one
child. For those who need language lessons, like immigrant children, the
situation is even more complicated.
Hsinchu, municipal authorities set up a vocational centre for the arts in an
old railway building where children can learn to work with wood and glass under
the supervision of masters of the trade.
The work by
the Good Shepherd Social Welfare Services ("Shanmujijinhui善牧基金會") is also impressive. In the last four years,
the NGO, which is linked to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, extended its
summer activities for children to a month.
Shepherd Services began its operations in Taipei and Kaohsiung in 2003. Now they
can be found in Taichung and Yilan as well. Its goal is to better integrate new
immigrants into the fabric of local society.
For the Sisters
of the God Shepherd, it is also important that children learn about the culture
of their mothers' native countries. For this reason each week, mothers take
turns to present special things about their country of origin to the children.
activities are divided in three parts: summer school work, music lessons and
theatre. For older children, there is also a possibility of helping senior
children are in the care of the Good Shepherd Social Welfare Services at each
of their locations, in Taipei there are four such groups.
hearing impaired children and children with communication skills problems
received special care.
The most important thing in any event is to give every child, even those
with only one parent, a sense of full acceptance.
The Good Shepherd's summer mission is best defined by the motto: "Only
through love can the impossible be achieved" (wei ai wan cheng yi qie 唯愛完成一切).