Dawu is known as the farthest corner of Taiwan and residing there is the small village in Taitung.
After a huge typhoon, this village was left sad and lifeless, but Mr. Pan, a social worker from the Taiwan Family Foundation office in Taitung, was inspired by the Let’s Colour projects in Brazil to revitalise Dawu with colour. Because they planned to paint 29 houses along the main street, they created a colour scheme they called the “Dawu colours”.
Due to the population of Dawu being small, and mostly old, and the weather being terrible due to typhoons, volunteers were brought in for help. In order to complete the project by the deadline Mr. Pan used the Let’s Colour Taiwan Facebook page to recruit volunteers from around the region. 30 volunteers answered his call including designers, students, colleagues and retired R.O.C. airborne militaries. In order to provide more support, Let’s Colour’s Stephen Tsai, lead a team of 14 who spent two days working on the project.
Villagers were encouraged by the volunteers’ involvement. Many families also called children working or studying in other cities to come home and lend a hand.
When the big wall in the entrance of Dawu village was completed, people passing by stopped to complement the good work. In order to make over the whole Dawu village, teachers from Dawu elementary school plan to form a new project team to add more colour and finish off the village.
Find out more about Dulux in Taiwan here.