1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
(a) Hardware - Desktop Computer & Notebook Computer for creating and edit web pages; Telephone for reaching interviewer, teachers, team members, government offices; Pen Recorder for recording interviewee’s words, as well as voice reminder for ourselves; Regular Camera, Digital Camera & Digital Video Camera for recording the entire production process, as well as record our field trips; Television for newscasts and related special reports; Monitor for viewing briefings and the videos that we recorded; Scanner for scanning pictures and photographs.
(b) Software - WORD 2000 for word processing; Dreamweaver MX for webpage creation; Flash MX for animation creation; Adobe Photoshop CS for image processing; Adobe Illustrator CS for illustration for images; SwiSHmax for special effects of texts of title and first page; PHOTOIMPACT 8.0 for editing drawings, photos and pictures; Ulead GIF Animator 5 for producing photo animation; WS-FTP95LE for transmitting data files; MS-IE6.0 for searching Internet information and check results; ACDSee32 for browsing pictures; MS-Outlook Express for sending and receiving e-mails.
(c) Printed Material - Library, Cultural Center for searching for needed information; Museum for collecting information and conduct interviews; Books & Magazines for searching for and double-check information; Newspapers & Media for collecting articles relating to the main topic; Verbal Interview for the words of related people.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
(a) Voluntary Participation - We believe that achieving the principle of caring for human lives is only accomplished through voluntary participation. We took it upon ourselves to contact the pertinent organizations and persons and presented our topic of “International Medical Aid” as part of the Doors to Diplomacy. These organizations and individuals not only asked us about our project in detail, they also gladly provided information and agreed to be interviewed. They also encouraged us to continue to care for the international affairs.
(b) Powerful Promotion – To get up and act is better than sit and talk. The goal of our promotion in school and community is for the public to know Taiwan’s international medical assistance effort. Fortunately, in the course of this research project, the public television station was showing a special program called “Care without borders”. This program talked about how Taiwan’s medical teams had overcome many great obstacles to help more than 3000 AIDS patients in Malawi, and therefore earned the approval of the international community. Since this is such a touching documentary, we contacted the Department of Health which is the copyright holder of this documentary, and gained their approval to show it at our school and community. This program enables more people to realize that there are still many more people needing our help outside of Taiwan.
(c) Event Initiation - We initiated the Love of Mingdao and AIDS Assistance events. The former urged students to sponsor impoverished third-world children, and the latter was a event that raised money to help Africa prevent the spread of AIDS, through the help of the World Vision. Both events gained tremendous support from our fellow students. According to the World Vision, our school has the largest number of classes collectively sponsoring impoverished third-world country children. We will thrive to continue this effort.
(d) Active Sponsorship – Even though we are only high school students, and we are not able to stand in the frontline of the medical aid work, but we could become the small force behind Taiwan’s international medical team. The most powerful support for these humanitarian organizations is through actual donation. Therefore, we not only contributed our own allowances, but we also called on our friends and relatives to join in. We hope that this small force can multiply many times and become a major force.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
When we introduced our project to our school and community, many people started questioning us as to why we need to help those outside of our country when there are so many people here in Taiwan needing assistance. We would tell them that, being a member of the global society, we need to expand our vision in order for us to look further and broader. Taiwan has very advanced medical technology and abundant resources, so it is important to help those in other parts of the world who do not even have any access to medical care. After hearing our explanation, most people were able to accept our point of view.
While we were introducing our project to our classmates and area residents, many people told us that they had never come across the topic of “international medical assistance” before. After they saw our website, they grew sympathetic of the people who require the assistance, and they asked us how to make a donation toward that cause. After seeing such a good response to our project, we felt an even greater sense of responsibility.
Finally, we recognize that “international medical aid” still faces an uphill battle. It is important to continue to support these programs by either money or time contribution. We need to team together to fight the poverty and diseases on this earth, so Taiwan’s passion could spread to every corner of the earth and blossom into beautiful flowers. We are starting out from our school and community, one step at a time, as we hope that our research project could attract more passionate, zealous, and giving people to be a part of the international medical team.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
(1) Minister of Department of Health, Dr. Hou Sheng-mou, MD - We had an interview with him and obtained a large amount of valuable information from Dr. Hou during the interview.
(2) Bureau of International Cooperation, Department of Health - We obtained the permission to use their documentary Care without Borders for promotional purposes in our school and community. This documentary talked about Taiwan’s medical teams devoting themselves to the country of Malawi, helping them fight against the AIDS.
(3) The Spokesperson of Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Lu Ching-long - We reported him about our intention to enter the project and we viewed a documentary that was made by the Department of Foreign Affairs about Taiwan’s non-government organizations (NGO’s). This documentary provides an in-depth look at the international aid work done by Taiwan’s NGO’s. It made us even more determined to participate in the research project of International Medical Assistance.
(4) Chang Gung Memorial Hospital - In a speech made by Dr. Noordhoff, who is the founding superintendent of the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, in 2006, he talked about learning how to develop one’s own unique personality and professionalism. We found this speech to be very inspirational and asked for, and obtained, permission to include this speech in our project.
(5) Chia-Yi Christian Hospital - They provided background information about Mr. Judd Nelson. His nickname is “uncle'. He came to Taiwan in 1975 and spent his whole life caring for children suffering from polio.
(6) The Representative of Department of Health in Africa, Dr. Chen Chu-chen - Ever since he took the job in Africa in 2002, Dr. Chen has been to 18 different African countries to actively establish a good working relationship with other international medical organizations. During our interview with Dr. Chen, he showed us what an unselfish doctor is really like.
(7) The Chairman of Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps, Dr. Liu Chi-chun - The Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps is a team of no-boundary doctors in Taiwan. We interviewed with the chairman Dr. to talk about his views. He reminded us to treat each service encounter as a learning trip.
(8) The first Taiwan’s MSF doctor, Dr. Soong Ruey-shyang - Following his first MSF trip to Liberia in March of 2004, he wrote the book 'MSF Doctor Out to Liberia' to to let us realize how fortunate we are to live in Taiwan.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
(1) The Discovery of Unlimited Hopes - A small amount of gift contribution may not mean much to someone who is leading an affluent life; however, that gift could bring unlimited hope to someone who is less fortunate. We discovered that a small gesture by us is powerful enough comfort the hearts of those who are suffering and light the fire of hope for them. This discovery leads us to believe that we should not be skimpy when helping others, as we share what we have with those less fortunate.
(2) The Lesson on Respecting Lives - Everyone is born equal regardless of political stands, socioeconomic statuses, or nationalities. It is the principle of international medical assistance to treat each life equally, which shows respect for the human right. In this research project, we have learned the right attitude toward human lives: cherish the preciousness of lives, share the joy of lives, and give the passion of lives.
(3) The Surprise of Miracle Creation - Medical services are continual and perpetual. According to the former secretary of United Nations Kofi Annan, “they share their time, their knowledge, and their abilities, but more importantly, they share their experiences. They have the courage to believe that their efforts could change things, even the whole world.” These medical workers who volunteer their time, seek the benefits of others, and ask for nothing in return, really are quietly changing the lives of so many people in certain parts of the world. To our amazement, we have discovered the miracles that they used their love to create.