SANCHONG DISTRICT, Taiwan
- April 26, 2020
-- The coronavirus pandemic plunged many families into financial hardship. The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center (DVSAP) in New Taipei City has recorded a three-fold increase in the number of domestic violence cases. More than 35% of the vulnerable families served by the Mustard Seed Mission (MSM) have faced a serious financial crisis. MSM urgently set up a " COVID-19 Relief Network " to help 4,500 vulnerable families reduce the economic pressure during the pandemic by calling on the community to collect supplies and emergency relief funds. Moreover, MSM calls on the public to respond to the needs of epidemic prevention with the power of community network and practical actions: speak out the anti-virus declaration, caring for the elderly and neighbors, donating extra food, and continue to support charity, etc.
Wu Xiaoping, the CEO of MSM, pointed out that the vulnerable families served by MSM are suffering the economic instability due to coronavirus. 42% of them are gig workers with unstable income that are easily affected by the epidemic. The epidemic has made them to take less pay, unpaid leave, or even lose their jobs reluctantly. Their life has changed dramatically. The life-stress index of the served families has increased up to an average of 7.5, and even 20% of them has reached to 10, the highest level of pressure measurement. Under the ongoing tension and pressure, family conflicts occur easily.
According to the statistics of DVSAP, New Taipei City, Taiwan, the domestic violence reports in March this year have increased by nearly 30% compared with the same period last year. In addition to providing immediate financial assistance to the recipient families, MSM devotes to alleviates the parents' financial and psychological pressures, and also provide psychological companionship and support through community welfare networks such as social workers and churches that have already established rapport with these families, aiming to reduce the risk of domestic violence in both ways.
The economy has been hit hard by the virus, and donations for charity have also been affected. MSM has more than 300 donors stopped sponsorship since January. The donation of food and resources to community food banks has decreased by 36% in the first quarter from the same period last year. Affected by the surge of supplies purchases, the decrease rate has reached 72% in February, but the number of recipients has increased by 49%. To provide timely assistance, MSM urgently set up a "COVID-19 Relief Network" to raise funds for 7,000 supplies packages, including rice, noodles, oil, soap and other daily supplies to support families in need. MSM fights against the epidemic together with vulnerable families, and invites the community to support and help the disadvantaged families to overcome the difficulties!https://bit.ly/2z5lp6d