Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (T.F.C.F.) is a local charity which originated in 1938 as China Children’s Fund founded by Presbyterian minister Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke. In 1964, T.F.C.F. became an independent organisation. Dedicated to helping children out of poverty and abuse, T.F.C.F. offers financial aid as well as counselling for children with special needs and those recovering from trauma. Through its Rainbow House initiative, children rehabilitate by playing therapeutic games and talking about their experiences under the guidance of counsellors. T.F.C.F. also funds a foster care placement programme which pairs children in need with suitable candidates.
Since 2009, Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan has adopted 11 children from underpriviledged backgrounds in the T.F.C.F. programme. One of these children, Eric (pseudonym), is a quiet, twelve-year old boy. When an unfortunate accident caused Eric to lose his brother in 2011, Eric became more withdrawn. Yet, since then, he has become familiar with his “adoptive parents” at regular hotel and T.F.C.F. gatherings. The most noticeable difference came this past August, when the children visited the hotel for an afternoon of educational programmes. Eric laughed with the other children as he enthusiastically competed in an interactive food nutrition game then proudly showed off his prizes to his hotel volunteer friends.
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan colleagues and their T.F.C.F. children met again at last year’s annual Lighting Ceremony on 5 December 2012. Both groups got a chance to show off their creativity with gingerbread cookie decoration. Later, the children shared in the excitement as the Christmas tree lit up and provided joy to everyone's holiday season.
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