Rehabilitation Through the Arts


It’s called “Happy Market” and it’s a social enterprise from Fu Hong Society of Macau, a non-profit organisation founded by a group of volunteers in 2003. It aims to provide people with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities with occupation skills development and training, as well as employment services, with a view to help them realize their potential and integrate into the society.

With its doors opened since the middle of the year, “Happy Market” collects and restores first and second hand goods for reselling and donating to the underprivileged. It also transforms discarded materials into creative products to promote recycling.

The social enterprise aims to provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities, and also serves as a platform to showcase and sell handmade artwork by Fu Hong members. “When I retired from the Government I knew there was something lacking for people when they finished school, so two friends and I decided to launch Fu Hong Society. We believe in rehabilitation by arts so I began a new project where they learn music, dancing, drawing and different kinds of arts”, said Fátima dos Santos Ferreira, President of General Assembly of Fu Hong Society.

Located in Travessa da Areia Preta, “Happy Market” currently has two people with no disabilities, two disabled working full day and four disabled working part-time, but they hope to increase this number in the near future. “Most of our disabled can’t do a multitask job, but they can do any kind of jobs under our supervision, so if we have a social enterprise we can help them work. We also do a service for the mental handicap from the hospital and people with schizophrenia or depression. When they come out from the hospital they get in contact with us to see if there is any kind of service we can provide for them. The job can be very flexible, they can work only two or four hours a day, according to their rehabilitation stage”, said Jennifer Chau.

According to the Director of Fu Hong Society, even though social enterprises are a business, they aren’t looking to make money. “We just want to break even. We want to make the social enterprise to meet the economic aims and at the same time solve social problems. We try to encourage people to donate second hand things, many hotels donate a lot of blankets to us that we can clean and donate back”.

In terms of revenues, “Happy Market” has been growing since opening, but it’s still far from the numbers it needs. “We started in July and our gross profit was around MOP10,000, then, in the second month, it was about MOP20,000. Every month I find out that we have MOP10,000 upward since we opened. But if we want to break even we need to reach MOP60,000 each month”, said Jennifer Chau.

The location of “Happy Market” is an issue because people “have some difficulties to find it”, according to the President of General Assembly of Fu Hong Society, but Fátima dos Santos Ferreira is quite hopeful on the success of the centre, aiming to help people with disabilities show their artistic talents to the community.

「喜悅市場」是澳門扶康會裡的一個社會企業。2003年,一群志願者成立了這個非營利組織—澳門扶康會。它的目標是為了給輕度至中度智障人士提供職業技能發展、培訓以及就業服務,希望可以幫助他們開發自身的潛力來融入社會。

自今年年中成立以來,「喜悅市場」收集和整理了一些一手和二手的物品來轉售以及捐贈給貧困人士,他們還將一些廢物材料轉換為創意產品來推廣回收計畫。

這個社會企業的目的是為弱勢群體和殘疾人士提供就業機會,也希望透過這個平台來展示和銷售扶康會成員的手工藝品。扶康會會員大會主席飛迪華說,「當我從政府退休的時候,我發現大家會在畢業時覺得缺少了什麼,於是我和兩位朋友決定成立扶康會。我們相信通過藝術能夠使患者康復,所以我開始了一個新項目,他們可以在這裡學習音樂、跳舞、繪畫和不同種類的藝術。」

坐落於黑沙環巷的「喜悅市場」目前有兩位職員,兩位全職的殘疾成員,以及四位兼職殘疾成員,他們希望未來能夠招入更多的成員。周恵儀說:「大多數殘疾人士不能做多任務工作,但是如果有一個社會企業幫助,在我們的監督和幫助下,他們能夠完成任何一種工作。我們還為住院的精神障礙患者和精神分裂患者或者憂鬱症患者提供服務。當他們出院的時候,可以聯繫我們,我們將會為他們提供合適的服務。這些工作可以很靈活,根據他們的康復階段,一天只需工作兩至四個小時。」

扶康會的主任表示,雖然社會企業是一種商業機構,但是他們沒有期待從中賺錢。「我們只想做到收支平衡。我們希望社會企業達到經濟目標的同時,也解決了社會問題。我們試圖鼓勵大家去捐贈二手物品,很多酒店捐贈給我們毯子,我們可以用這些來清潔或者再捐贈。」

在收入方面,從「喜悅市場」成立以來一直在持續增長,但是還是遠遠沒有達到所需要的數目。周恵儀表示,「7月剛成立的時候,我們的毛利潤大概是葡幣1萬元,然後在第二個月大概是2萬元。從成立以來,我發現每個月收入都增長1萬元。但是如果做到收支平衡,我們每個月需要賺到6萬元」。

扶康會大會主席飛迪華表示「喜悅市場」的位置是一個問題,因為大家「不容易找到它」,但是飛迪華對「喜悅市場」的成功寄予希望,旨在幫助殘疾人士在社區展示他們的藝術才能。


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