Sustainability

Foundation

 

Since its founding, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has been attentive to social interaction and has continuously endeavored to given back to society. These endeavors have borne much fruit, and in the process CHT has accumulated valuable insights. The CHT Foundation was founded in February 2006 as a vehicle for Chunghwa Telecom to take stock of and practice its values and responsibilities. It is charged with four main tasks: "bridge the digital divide," "assist local cultural industries," "enhance community living," and "capture local stories." The CHT Foundation strives to positively participate in, and grow together with, local communities in various aspects of community culture, industry, life, and education.

Digital Good Neighbors, Bringing New Cloud-Based Perspectives    

Utilizing Chunghwa Telecom's core competencies and the CHT Foundation's outreach programs, we bring digital learning classes and activities into local communities far and wide. The CHT Foundation has launched "Digital Good Neighbor" programs in remote and underserved locales all across Taiwan and its outlying islands. These programs deploy broadband Internet resources and establish digital learning centers to offer digital curricula tailored to the local communities. Computer-equipped community classrooms are set up to assist those who desire to learn but lack the resources, and to provide an open space for the local public to share in digital information exchange.

Each Digital Good Neighbor location develops differently according to the nature and needs of the local community. Some are geared primarily toward caring for the school-aged children of underprivileged families, some toward developing community or tribal cultural industries, and some toward assisting local religious and charitable organizations to serve the communities. Meanwhile, the CHT Foundation strives to develop and grow hand-in-hand with the local communities in various ways. In the process, it has accumulated a wealth of experience in organizing and implementing programs steeped in local culture and character. In 2017, the Foundation held a total of 1,600 hours of digital learning classes with over 4,000 attendances by community members. In the future, we will continue to promote digital learning classes . We anticipate that in 2022 the number of digital learning classes  aim to hold 15,000 hours of class time and surpass 50,000 attendances.

By the end of 2017, the Foundation had established 92 Digital Good Neighbor locations. Each location is equipped with broadband internet, and the Foundation has cumulatively donated some 1,000 sets of hardware equipment over the past decade. The Foundation listens to the needs of these communities and supports them on a long-term basis. The program aims to build strong two-way interaction, and cooperation based on mutual trust and equality between business and community, and to give impetus to autonomous community growth and development.

Outpost Taiwan Mobilizes Young People to Experience and Serve Rural Communities

"Outpost Taiwan" is a program co-organized by the CHT Foundation and the Department of Radio & Television of National Chengchi University encourages young adults to make real changes in life. It offers them an opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone, experience different things and people, and take a fresh look at themselves and their country through participation and service in the life of local communities. During each summer vacation, university students are invited to serve for 15 to 20 days at various locations of the Digital Good Neighbor program in underserved rural and remote communities. They are encouraged to "serve and shoot", i.e. to apply their learning to serve the local community and at the same time to shoot video footage capturing stories from their time in the community.

The Outpost Taiwan program began in 2009, and is now entering its 10th year. Each year, it has met with an enthusiastic reception and enjoyed passionate participation. In 2017, 364 university students from 156 departments in 76 different schools signed up in hopes of participating. Ultimately 50 university students were accepted and assigned to 23 Digital Good Neighbor program locations in rural and remote areas, where they served the local community and captured the experience on camera. These university students from various places, schools, and departments each contributed their learning and skills to community residents. Some read picture books with local children, participated in creating murals or fine artworks, taught photography or cooking classes, or held exercise sessions for senior citizens. Others documented the programs, taught journalism and editing classes, assisted in local tour guiding work, created publicity videos for tribal communities, and held career exploration classes for junior and senior high schoolers. Meanwhile, they documented on video the sincere interactions and moving stories they experienced and observed in the local communities. We anticipate that in 2018 the cumulative number of students who have participated in Outpost Taiwan over the years will surpass 500.

To share with a broader public the new awakenings and moving experiences had by the young people who participated in Outpost Taiwan, and to spur more people to reflect on their relationship to this land, and to get involved in local community service and make grassroots contributions, the CHT Foundation, in 2012, began cooperating with colleges and universities throughout Taiwan to launch a traveling Outpost Taiwan visual exhibition. In 2016, it launched a traveling exhibition entitled "Love Affair with the Land – Outpost Taiwan, a Visual Narrative," which has been hosted at culturally oriented cafes and bookstores across Taiwan. The exhibition has featured screenings of films created by the participating students showcasing stories from locales across Taiwan. A number of the Outpost Taiwan participants have been invited to appear in person, and shared colorful details of their times in the communities. Various distinguished guests well-known for their contributions to local community service have also joined in symposiums in which they shared their experiences and engaged in dialogue, in hopes of stimulating fresh thinking about how best to care for and serve local communities. In 2017, the traveling visual exhibition was hosted at a total of 29 schools, and was attended by over 2,300 students. We anticipate that in 2018 the cumulative number of students who have attended over the years will surpass 20,000.

Nurturing Distinctive Local Culture and Introducing Various Programs to Aid Sustainable Development

Every community has its own distinctive cultural characteristics. The Foundation works to introduce programs tailored to the unique characteristics and development needs of each individual community, and geared toward the community's sustainable development. Some communities wish to focus on promoting culture and the arts. We have therefore organized tours to bring performing arts groups such as the Paper Windmill Theatre, the Taiwan Brass Quintet, Ifkids Theatre Studio, and Golden Rays Puppets to remote locales, where their performances fire imaginations and plant seeds of artistic passion among local youth. In 2017, Ifkids Theatre Studio conducted three-day arts workshops for kids in three locations across Taiwan, aimed at opening the kids' minds to new ideas and rousing their artistic impulses. Ifkids Theatre Studio also traveled to two elementary schools in Tainan and Yunlin and staged performances in which the kids could participate, giving them an unforgettable experience and indelible memories. In addition to propagating the arts, the CHT Foundation also promotes community reading classes. We believe that reading can foster communities' capacity for independent and creative thinking. In 2017, we arranged around 660 hours of reading classes with 1,395 class attendances. We also introduced a series of community lectures, and through these lectures promoted interactions and workshops, all aimed at fostering the capacity for independent thinking in communities. In 2018, we plan to hold at least 10 lectures, and anticipate that the cumulative number of lectures from over the years will have reached at least 50, with 2,000 cumulative attendances.

Among other Foundation activities, we have organized visits by youth volunteers to Taoyuan communities to teach senior citizens how to use smart phones and to increase their digital literacy. We have arranged for university teachers to give remote learning classes to underprivileged students in remote areas over Internet teaching platforms, to provide the students with equal-opportunity educational resources. For numerous years, we have held an annual "Something About Community" film festival and activities. We have sponsored instructional seminars on the use of smartphones for visual production in Northern, Central, and Southern Taiwan. To promote digital inclusion in the image era, we have arranged for professional videographers to visit communities and help members learn how to document the stories of their homeplaces on digital media, and how to make them available for viewing by the wider world.

The foundation has also spared no efforts in promoting community industries. We have helped communities come up with ways to market their products over the Internet, and at the end of each year, Chunghwa Telecom has held an annual Lunar New Year's Gifts activity that encourages colleagues and departments to peruse and purchase local cultural products from remote and underserved communities, to lend our joint support for excellent local cultural industries. In late 2017, in anticipation of the coming Chinese lunar Year of the Dog, we held a "Perfection in the Year of the Pooch" gift activity in which we invited partners from 10 community cultural industries to present their wares for sale packaged in festive Lunar New Year season gift boxes.

In addition to the various community development and empowerment programs described above, Chunghwa Telecom has been a longtime sponsor of outstanding women's basketball players in Taiwan. Members of the Chunghwa Telecom Women's Basketball Team have made many visits to remote communities and tribal villages to hold basketball workshops for local youth. To scout and foster new young basketball talent, Chunghwa Telecom has also sponsored 3-on-3 basketball tournaments across the country. In 2017, tournaments were held in Taoyuan, Kaohsiung, and Penghu, with a total of 548 teams competing.

Connecting Resources and Creating Synergies

Each of the Digital Good Neighbor locations established by the CHT Foundation in remote communities and tribal villages across Taiwan is intended to serve as a local platform for information exchange and resource sharing. Through these platforms, the communities can make themselves heard, and can discover good opportunities for enhancing the sustainability of local industry and culture. We welcome all to join us in our community development and empowerment efforts, and together create a brighter shared future for our society.

 

2017 Social Contributions of the Foundation

 To learn more, please visit the CHT Foundation Chinese-language website: www.chtf.org.tw

Since its founding, Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has been attentive to social interaction and has continuously endeavored to given back to society. These endeavors have borne much fruit, and in the process CHT has accumulated valuable insights. The CHT Foundation was founded in February 2006 as a vehicle for Chunghwa Telecom to take stock of and practice its values and responsibilities. It is charged with four main tasks: "bridge the digital divide," "assist local cultural industries," "enhance community living," and "capture local stories." The CHT Foundation strives to positively participate in, and grow together with, local communities in various aspects of community culture, industry, life, and education.

Digital Good Neighbors, Bringing New Cloud-Based Perspectives    

Utilizing Chunghwa Telecom's core competencies and the CHT Foundation's outreach programs, we bring digital learning classes and activities into local communities far and wide. The CHT Foundation has launched "Digital Good Neighbor" programs in remote and underserved locales all across Taiwan and its outlying islands. These programs deploy broadband Internet resources and establish digital learning centers to offer digital curricula tailored to the local communities. Computer-equipped community classrooms are set up to assist those who desire to learn but lack the resources, and to provide an open space for the local public to share in digital information exchange.

Each Digital Good Neighbor location develops differently according to the nature and needs of the local community. Some are geared primarily toward caring for the school-aged children of underprivileged families, some toward developing community or tribal cultural industries, and some toward assisting local religious and charitable organizations to serve the communities. Meanwhile, the CHT Foundation strives to develop and grow hand-in-hand with the local communities in various ways. In the process, it has accumulated a wealth of experience in organizing and implementing programs steeped in local culture and character. In 2017, the Foundation held a total of 1,600 hours of digital learning classes with over 4,000 attendances by community members. In the future, we will continue to promote digital learning classes . We anticipate that in 2022 the number of digital learning classes  aim to hold 15,000 hours of class time and surpass 50,000 attendances.

By the end of 2017, the Foundation had established 92 Digital Good Neighbor locations. Each location is equipped with broadband internet, and the Foundation has cumulatively donated some 1,000 sets of hardware equipment over the past decade. The Foundation listens to the needs of these communities and supports them on a long-term basis. The program aims to build strong two-way interaction, and cooperation based on mutual trust and equality between business and community, and to give impetus to autonomous community growth and development.

Outpost Taiwan Mobilizes Young People to Experience and Serve Rural Communities

"Outpost Taiwan" is a program co-organized by the CHT Foundation and the Department of Radio & Television of National Chengchi University encourages young adults to make real changes in life. It offers them an opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone, experience different things and people, and take a fresh look at themselves and their country through participation and service in the life of local communities. During each summer vacation, university students are invited to serve for 15 to 20 days at various locations of the Digital Good Neighbor program in underserved rural and remote communities. They are encouraged to "serve and shoot", i.e. to apply their learning to serve the local community and at the same time to shoot video footage capturing stories from their time in the community.

The Outpost Taiwan program began in 2009, and is now entering its 10th year. Each year, it has met with an enthusiastic reception and enjoyed passionate participation. In 2017, 364 university students from 156 departments in 76 different schools signed up in hopes of participating. Ultimately 50 university students were accepted and assigned to 23 Digital Good Neighbor program locations in rural and remote areas, where they served the local community and captured the experience on camera. These university students from various places, schools, and departments each contributed their learning and skills to community residents. Some read picture books with local children, participated in creating murals or fine artworks, taught photography or cooking classes, or held exercise sessions for senior citizens. Others documented the programs, taught journalism and editing classes, assisted in local tour guiding work, created publicity videos for tribal communities, and held career exploration classes for junior and senior high schoolers. Meanwhile, they documented on video the sincere interactions and moving stories they experienced and observed in the local communities. We anticipate that in 2018 the cumulative number of students who have participated in Outpost Taiwan over the years will surpass 500.

To share with a broader public the new awakenings and moving experiences had by the young people who participated in Outpost Taiwan, and to spur more people to reflect on their relationship to this land, and to get involved in local community service and make grassroots contributions, the CHT Foundation, in 2012, began cooperating with colleges and universities throughout Taiwan to launch a traveling Outpost Taiwan visual exhibition. In 2016, it launched a traveling exhibition entitled "Love Affair with the Land – Outpost Taiwan, a Visual Narrative," which has been hosted at culturally oriented cafes and bookstores across Taiwan. The exhibition has featured screenings of films created by the participating students showcasing stories from locales across Taiwan. A number of the Outpost Taiwan participants have been invited to appear in person, and shared colorful details of their times in the communities. Various distinguished guests well-known for their contributions to local community service have also joined in symposiums in which they shared their experiences and engaged in dialogue, in hopes of stimulating fresh thinking about how best to care for and serve local communities. In 2017, the traveling visual exhibition was hosted at a total of 29 schools, and was attended by over 2,300 students. We anticipate that in 2018 the cumulative number of students who have attended over the years will surpass 20,000.

Nurturing Distinctive Local Culture and Introducing Various Programs to Aid Sustainable Development

Every community has its own distinctive cultural characteristics. The Foundation works to introduce programs tailored to the unique characteristics and development needs of each individual community, and geared toward the community's sustainable development. Some communities wish to focus on promoting culture and the arts. We have therefore organized tours to bring performing arts groups such as the Paper Windmill Theatre, the Taiwan Brass Quintet, Ifkids Theatre Studio, and Golden Rays Puppets to remote locales, where their performances fire imaginations and plant seeds of artistic passion among local youth. In 2017, Ifkids Theatre Studio conducted three-day arts workshops for kids in three locations across Taiwan, aimed at opening the kids' minds to new ideas and rousing their artistic impulses. Ifkids Theatre Studio also traveled to two elementary schools in Tainan and Yunlin and staged performances in which the kids could participate, giving them an unforgettable experience and indelible memories. In addition to propagating the arts, the CHT Foundation also promotes community reading classes. We believe that reading can foster communities' capacity for independent and creative thinking. In 2017, we arranged around 660 hours of reading classes with 1,395 class attendances. We also introduced a series of community lectures, and through these lectures promoted interactions and workshops, all aimed at fostering the capacity for independent thinking in communities. In 2018, we plan to hold at least 10 lectures, and anticipate that the cumulative number of lectures from over the years will have reached at least 50, with 2,000 cumulative attendances.

Among other Foundation activities, we have organized visits by youth volunteers to Taoyuan communities to teach senior citizens how to use smart phones and to increase their digital literacy. We have arranged for university teachers to give remote learning classes to underprivileged students in remote areas over Internet teaching platforms, to provide the students with equal-opportunity educational resources. For numerous years, we have held an annual "Something About Community" film festival and activities. We have sponsored instructional seminars on the use of smartphones for visual production in Northern, Central, and Southern Taiwan. To promote digital inclusion in the image era, we have arranged for professional videographers to visit communities and help members learn how to document the stories of their homeplaces on digital media, and how to make them available for viewing by the wider world.

The foundation has also spared no efforts in promoting community industries. We have helped communities come up with ways to market their products over the Internet, and at the end of each year, Chunghwa Telecom has held an annual Lunar New Year's Gifts activity that encourages colleagues and departments to peruse and purchase local cultural products from remote and underserved communities, to lend our joint support for excellent local cultural industries. In late 2017, in anticipation of the coming Chinese lunar Year of the Dog, we held a "Perfection in the Year of the Pooch" gift activity in which we invited partners from 10 community cultural industries to present their wares for sale packaged in festive Lunar New Year season gift boxes.

In addition to the various community development and empowerment programs described above, Chunghwa Telecom has been a longtime sponsor of outstanding women's basketball players in Taiwan. Members of the Chunghwa Telecom Women's Basketball Team have made many visits to remote communities and tribal villages to hold basketball workshops for local youth. To scout and foster new young basketball talent, Chunghwa Telecom has also sponsored 3-on-3 basketball tournaments across the country. In 2017, tournaments were held in Taoyuan, Kaohsiung, and Penghu, with a total of 548 teams competing.

Connecting Resources and Creating Synergies

Each of the Digital Good Neighbor locations established by the CHT Foundation in remote communities and tribal villages across Taiwan is intended to serve as a local platform for information exchange and resource sharing. Through these platforms, the communities can make themselves heard, and can discover good opportunities for enhancing the sustainability of local industry and culture. We welcome all to join us in our community development and empowerment efforts, and together create a brighter shared future for our society.

 

2017 Social Contributions of the Foundation

 To learn more, please visit the CHT Foundation Chinese-language website: www.chtf.org.tw