On a sunny Saturday morning in November 2019, a group of NTU GMBA students gathered in front of College of Management Building 2 in preparing for a visit to Taoyuan. The visit destination is Ting Fang Homestay in Taoyuan City, which is an institute dedicated to the care for the mentally handicapped. Through the arrangement made by Yun Yun Charity Promotion Association, the GMBA students could come to meet with those residents in person.
After half an hour's driving, GMBA students finally arrived at Ting Fang Homestay. A warm welcoming dance given by those residents delighted everyone. Their enthusiastic feedback was also impressive. Led by the assistant manager of Ting Fang Homestay, everyone visited various facilities inside it and had a thorough understanding of their vision. For the near future, Ting Fang Homestay tries to help more people with mentally handicapped and strives to raise more resources and recruit more volunteers to work with them.
The purpose of today’s visit was to assist those residents to produce artworks for their funds raising. GMBA students helped to pour paint, add water and prepare paper for these artists. The interaction among all became stronger and stronger as the artworks gradually took shape. When the last stroke has been completed, all of them gave one another a big hug to celebrate their collective achievement. In the upcoming charity events, these artworks will be put on auction. Hopefully, they may raise enough funding to support the Homestay. As a member of this beautiful island, we shall try to help the land and the people on it.
When the visit was over, GMBA students and the volunteers from Yun Yun Charity Promotion Association had a sharing session. They talked about how they felt about today’s visit and gave suggestions for future improvement. Everyone thought that it is a valuable experience and promise to join for the next action!