Children Are Us Foundation
Sheltering intellectually challenged children, creating life opportunities and dignity for the intellectually disabled.
Enterprise/business philosophy and objectives of the founder
In the eyes of Children Are Us Foundation, social enterprise is merely a means to a better end. Helping people with disabilities to pursue self-realisation, create dignity and joy in life is its main objective. The Foundation hopes to dissolve obstacles with love and caring as well as to open a window of life for people with intellectual disabilities by providing professional rehabilitation and work guidance, improving the intelligence, physical fitness and working ability of intellectually-challenged children, fostering independence in them, and helping them to integrate into society.
History of development/business model
Children Are Us Foundation was founded in 1995 with the aim of setting up restaurants and bakeries where intellectually-challenged children could be trained, taken care of and provided with jobs. The main theme of its spatial planning was building community-based and accessible vocational training venues. After intellectually-challenged children successfully acquired work skills, they would be transferred to normal workplaces, such as convenience stores, restaurants and cleaning companies based on their condition.
Children Are Us Foundation has also set up many care service institutions, which include day care, night care and even residential care services.In addition, recreation and education facilities, such as orchestras, theatres, scout corps and colleges, have also been established in order to create a holistic system that balances life and leisure.
Creating social value/mitigating social problems
Before 2016, the Foundation had set up 29 sheltered workstations (including bakeries, restaurants and baking workshops) and horticulture teams. Children Are Us Foundation is dedicated to achieving the goal of helping intellectually-challenged children to fulfil self-realisation by creating irreplaceable brand uniqueness.
In 2013, Children Are Us Foundation completed the construction of “Swan Castle”, which is the first institution to provide life-long care and education to intellectually-challenged children in Taiwan. The facility is also available to the public for hosting wedding banquets. So far, there are 73 intellectually-challenged children in the institution.