Support at-risk boys in Taiwan

Faith Hope Love Academy is a boys' home for teenage boys from backgrounds of foster care and juvenile hall. The first time I heard some of these boys tell their stories, my heart broke. Their stories told of experiences with domestic violence, neglect, running away from home, and having trouble with the law. But from the moment I met those boys, I also loved them so much and was inspired by their strength and courage, touched by their stories, and won over by their smiles and laughter.

Twelve years ago in 2006, they completed a 1000 km around-Taiwan unicycle trip, and a documentary ("飛行少年"/"They Are Flying") was made to tell the story of these boys and their unicycle trip. The film was released in 2008 and won the Best Documentary Award of the 10th Taipei Film Festival that same year. Clips from the film can be viewed on Youtube (CLICK HERE).

This summer, FHLA plans to achieve this great feat again. 1000 km is a long distance, especially on unicycles. Participating on such a trip will leave a lasting impression on these boys. It'll be a challenge but it is also an opportunity to bring out their perseverance and strength as they make lifelong memories. However, they need your help.

The current estimated total cost for the 20-day trip (7/16 - 8/4) is $50,000. This amount will cover all the expenses for the 60-people team (made up of students and staff) that will be completing this trip. The boys will be the ones unicycling and the staff will follow on motorcycles and in cars to provide support and ensure safety. 

Donating $42 will cover all the expenses for one day for one of the trip's team members. Any amount is appreciated. More importantly, prayers are appreciated as they prepare for this trip. And thank you for your consideration. 

I have had the privilege of working with FHLA and the boys there for the past two summers, mentoring them and living life with them. Those of you who have talked to me in the past 1.5 years will likely have heard of how my heart is still there even though I'm back in the US now. The boys are like my little brothers and they show immense internal strength and resilience every day. I hope that you will consider partnering with FHLA on this endeavor.

I've included some pictures below.

Before I knew how to unicycle, I would run to join the boys on their unicycle rides. They were kind enough to slow down so I didn't have to sprint the whole way. :) 28006932_15196296310_r.jpeg
One of the boys patiently teaching me to make bread. He hopes to start a bakery after he leaves the home.
We would play music together. Some of them want to learn English songs so it's a chance for them to play music but also practice their English language skills. 
Having been there for two summers, I've gotten to know some of the boys very well and got to attend one of their high school graduations this past summer. 
I love these boys and hope you'll partner with FHLA as they prepare for this trip!
In case you're wondering, I have also learned how to unicycle but am still working on learning to ride more smoothly! :) 


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Victor Hsiao 
Los Angeles, CA
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