Christmas is not only a Christian holiday but a time for people to spread their joy and gather with family and friends. A little more than just spending the holiday, SC&T wants to bring holiday joy to a little corner in Taiwan that people might not frequent during the year.
Let us tell the story of Yule Elementary School in Guoxing Township, Nantou, Taiwan.
On 21 September 1999, a 7.3 earthquake paralyzed everything in Taiwan. According to the record, 51,711 houses were destroyed; 53,768 houses partially collapsed; nearly 15,000 people were seriously injured.
Yule Elementary School, located high in the mountains of Nantou County, Taiwan, was so close to the epicenter that it was almost devastated. Thanks to the help of local organizations, the school was slowly rebuilt after this catastrophic disaster.
According to the Civil Affairs Office of Nantou County Government, there has been a decline in the population over these years. With 28,000 in 1981, Guoxing Township had only 17,500 citizens last year. A low birth rate and the migration of the young labor force into urban areas could have led to the population decline and impeded the construction and development of the town.
Limited development of the township also affects the allocation of educational resources. Parents who afford to send their children to schools in the nearby urban areas do so, while some families move to the city. In 2008, Yule Primary School had 70 students overall, but today there are only 31 students and 13 staff members.
Every year, SC&T sends Christmas gifts to each student of Yule Primary School. Through all these small gifts, we hope to spread warmth and share the joy with all the students on this meaningful holiday. Letters of genuine thanks from the school and students, in return, give us the best and warmest wishes.
We want to share this joy with all our partners worldwide and hope this warmth will accompany you throughout the Christmas season of 2022.
In Taiwan, minorities living in remote areas still require assistance, including some aboriginal tribes. This year, SC&T invited all employees to the cinema to enjoy the aboriginal film GAGA before Christmas.
Directed by the indigenous director from Atayal, GAGA narrates the life story of an Atayal family and the conflict between generations in modern days. After the screening, we invited the director and the main actors to share their culture and the meaning behind the story, hoping to learn more about the Atayal people and the land.
We believe that a prosperous future starts from a mutual understanding between people.
At the end of the story, we wish you nothing but the best in this joyful season. Merry Christmas!