As the father of two autistic children, it is evident that time starts to tick once a child comes out of the womb. Parents cannot accompany these children for a lifetime. Eventually the parents will pass away, and the children will have nowhere to go. Will they have to rely on the government? We know that this is not a long-term solution. The only way for these children to survive is to become self-reliant and work with other similar children.
After having contracted cancer, the first question among many was not about myself; it was by who and how children of my own and other parents would be taken care of. There must be other parents facing the same challenge as me, and what can we do to help our children? That's why I set my mind on paving the path for a better life for special children. Through donations and the money my children and others similar to them make, our organization aims to establish a haven for children to live, where they can learn skills, such as delivering packages and packing Taiwanese delicacies, such as rice, coffee, and tea, to earn their own living. By having the children help out, we teach them that the life we live is dependent on how hard we work for it.
Every last cent, every last penny gives these children hope. Hope to build a society. We can help with their dreams. No matter how hard it may be, if you don’t try you will never succeed. Everything must be earned, nothing is handed to you for free. As a Chinese proverb says, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. But if you give him a fishing rod, you feed him for a lifetime.”
Right now, Taiwan has 3 million families that cook at home. If just 1 percent of these families use our rice, 1 bag per month, that is 30 thousand bags of rice. If we earn 15 NTD per bag, in one year we can earn 5 million NTD (about 161,500 USD) and in 10 years, we can create our dream, to build a safe home for these children.
As of 2024, the construction of a shared home is complete. The structure above the ground will serve as housing, while workshops will be built underground. In order for each phase of the construction to be completed, we need funds, which the children are working to raise with their efforts.
Grown in eastern Taiwan, our signature, Xing Yuan (星願) rice holds an optimistic significance. Xing, meaning star, symbolizes the wishes of parents for their children to live the best possible life. Having the same pronunciation as the word for “heart”, xing yuan expresses their heartfelt desires. The children help pack this high-quality rice into small packages, and also assemble gift boxes for your loved ones.
From March 2016 up to now, …
Eternally grateful for all of the support I have received, I penned 破繭而出的蝴蝶 (The Butterfly that Broke Out of the Cocoon), a collection of stories of my journey with establishing this project. My hospitalization made me realize life is temporary. I failed many times on this mission, but no matter how difficult it is, I am determined to beat the clock at helping as many children as possible for as long as I still live. Through my other book, 想飛的毛毛蟲 (The Caterpillar Who Wants to Fly), I hope this project will serve as a model for governments to establish the essence of a shared home among the people. Eastern Taiwan is perfect for agriculture, making it an ideal location to set up our workshop. To sustain long-term operation, the children learn basic skills through the guidance of adults, and over time, they form sibling-like relationships. In this way, the parents can feel more reassured about their children’s futures.
Whether you are buying from us or donating, you are allowing these special children to enjoy the experience of being alive. Not only have they gained a sense of accomplishment from contributing, they have also gone on field trips, such as one to Japan’s Disneyland; the funds allow them to experience life with no limits.”
Founder of Fei Ai Bu Ke (非愛不可)