DATE 2012/07/23 VISITORS 2977
On a small wall in remote Lai Chi, locals have written the following message: “Every person is a creator. Building a community starts from your own home”. This wisdom-filled message inspired Tamkang University students during their recent trip to Lai Chi Village in Chia-Yi County, Central Taiwan, as part of a voluntary community service program.
The Tamkang volunteers engaged local Lai Chi children in a number of fun and educational activities. Together, they drew green maps based on local aboriginal culture; they located various totem poles erected around the village and discussed their cultural and spiritual significance; they designed and painted a number of pictures; and they presented their green maps and other artistic creations in front of fellow students from Lai Chi Elementary School.
The supervising teacher who led the volunteer group on the several-day service program, Chen Ruey-Er, noted that the fragility and uncertainty of the surrounding environment weighs on the emotions of the local children. With frequent landslides occurring on neighboring mountains, many children are unable to sleep when it rains or thunders. She added: “the children display amazing artistic talent. Whether if be drawing, public speaking, writing, or singing, with a little bit of guidance, there is no limit to what they can achieve”.