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A Night on the street 
Fundraising Challenge
French Chamber Taiwan x Homeless Taiwan

In August 2023, the Homeless Taiwan Association and the French Chamber Taiwan will launch a one-month fundraising program.

 

The plan will start with Stéphane, the General Manager of the French Chamber Taiwan, volunteering at the PonPon Shower House. At the end of the project, there will be a 12-hour sleep on the street challenge to experience what it's like to be a rough sleeper.

 

All the proceeds will support the Homeless Taiwan Association in helping people experiencing homelessness become self-sufficient.

 

You can donate to support Stéphane’s efforts. Become a driving force in helping people experiencing homelessness get back on their feet.

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Waking up and facing today with hope is the reason for a good night’s sleep.

But for people experiencing homelessness, getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury.

 

It could be a severe illness that has cost them all their savings.

It could be middle-aged unemployment due to the closing of the company.

It could be that the family broke up, and they were left on the street. 

 

Many started as “ordinary people” like you and me. They never imagined that one day they would be sleeping on the streets, becoming the “homeless people,” “vagrants,” and “outcasts” that everyone talks about.

Bridging the Transition from Homeless to Housed

People with nowhere to go come to the streets, and Wanhua District, Taipei City, has the largest homeless population in Taiwan. Therefore, the Homeless Taiwan Association has been providing services to people experiencing homelessness in Wanhua since 2014. Every year, we help 30 to 50 people go from homeless to housed: The services, including the outreach social workers, regularly distribute necessities and reach out to rough sleepers; the shelter social workers match them with medical and employment resources and work with them to implement savings plans; in the Hidden Taipei project, we organize events such as walking tours, lectures, and street games to give them a voice, not only to break the stigma but also to restore their confidence and social connections.

 

In 2022, we opened the PonPon Shower House for people in need to refresh themselves after a long day; the Newbie Zone Vocational Training Center to provide vocational training programs. We will continue to support people experiencing homelessness to get back on their feet through innovative projects.

 

These programs require sustained resources to help more people in need and prevent them from falling into the abyss of hopelessness.

By a fortuitous encounter, French Chamber Taiwan crossed paths with Homeless Taiwan Association. Since 2021, they have been continuously inviting members of the chamber to participate in supporting activities for the homeless and making donations.

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Stéphane PEDEN
General manager oFrench Chamber Taiwan

Three years ago, my team and I embarked on a transformative journey to redefine the French Chamber's vision. We made a conscious decision to place social awareness and environmental impact at the core of our identity, ensuring they influence every aspect of our business decisions. As we pursued this noble goal, we sought out meaningful causes to support, and my heart was drawn to the plight of the homeless near the main station and on the streets.

In our search for ways to raise awareness and extend a helping hand, we stumbled upon the inspiring video of Cyndi, tirelessly dedicating her spare time to offering the homeless a chance to reintegrate into society, providing them with crucial emotional support. This touching encounter with 'Homeless Taiwan' and 'Hidden Taipei' became a turning point for us. We decided to organize an event that allowed us to experience the hidden streets of Taipei through the eyes of the homeless.

The experience was eye-opening. We discovered that many homeless individuals in Taiwan are diligently working under poor conditions, supporting others who cannot work due to disabilities. Additionally, we learned that navigating through retirement can be an immensely challenging ordeal for those without family support.

Since then, the French Chamber and I have been wholeheartedly committed to continuing our efforts to positively impact the lives of the less fortunate. One of our ongoing initiatives is participating in the 'A Night on the Street' which allows us to contribute significantly to those in need. We sincerely hope that people will rally behind this meaningful initiative and generously support our cause.

Together, we can raise funds and make a tangible difference in the lives of those facing hardships. Join us in our mission to build a compassionate and caring society for all.

In 2023,  Stéphane, the General Manager of  French Chamber Taiwan, will collaborate with Homeless Taiwan Association to raise funds to help people experiencing homelessness get back on their feet.

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12-Hour Challenge: A Night on the Street

In August 2023, the Homeless Taiwan Association and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Taiwan (French Chamber Taiwan) will launch a one-month fundraising program.

 

On the first day of the program, Stéphane, General Manager of French Chamber Taiwan, will volunteer at the PonPon Shower House. There, 80 people a day experiencing homelessness will come to refresh themselves and receive basic necessities.

 

Throughout the day, Stéphane will welcome the guests. He will help clean the bathrooms and guide the guests to pick up their basic necessities. One month later, to raise awareness and support the services of the Homeless Taiwan Association, Stéphane will sleep on the streets of Taipei for 12 hours.

Pon Pon Shower House

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Together with Stéphane
Become the Driving Force that Supports the Change

2,000
( ~ USD 64 / ~ EUR 58 )

Equivalent to one mental health counseling session for a homeless individual

4,000​​
( ~ USD 128 / ~ EUR 116 )

Equivalent to one month of rental subsidy for a homeless individual

6,000
( ~ USD 192 / ~ EUR 173 )

Equivalent to one year’s outreach transportation costs

12,000
( ~ USD 383 / ~ EUR 346 )

Equivalent to the expense of furniture for two homeless individuals in rental housing

20,000
( ~ USD 638 / ~ EUR 577 )

Equivalent to two months of the PonPon Shower House utility bill

50,000
( ~ USD 1,596 / ~ EUR 1,444 )​​

Equivalent to one month’s salary for a social worker working with people experiencing homelessness

100,000
( ~ USD 3,192 / ~ EUR 2,887 )

Equivalent to one season of shelter rental and utility costs

Other

Free sponsorship

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๑๑๑ If you have any questions, you can contact Miss Liao(廖冠樺) from the Homeless Taiwan Association. ๑๑๑
- Email:9487@homelesstaiwan.org
- Tel:+886-2-2331-5992 

 
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