Healing Young and Old Through Art


2017 / December

Chen Chun-fang /photos courtesy of Lin Min-hsuan /tr. by Robert Green

More than four decades ago, Father Hugo Peter traveled from his native Switzerland to Taiwan, where he held painting and arts and crafts classes for a group of people with special needs on ­Penghu. Their angelic smiles captured his heart, and he abandoned aspirations to preach in his own church, instead creating early childhood education classes that made use of expressive painting as a thera­peutic technique. He also raised money to establish a social welfare organization—the first fitness center for disabled people in Taiwan—to expand services for those with special needs.


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