Taipei, Aug. 25 (CNA) The Taiwanese chapter of the Christian charity World Vision said Tuesday that it will invest over NT$1.2 billion (US$36.5 million) in emergency relief and rehabilitation programs in the wake of Typhoon Morakot.
Hank Du, executive director of World Vision Taiwan, made the announcement at a news conference that same day in which he gave an update on the organization's relief operations in the storm-stricken areas and announced long-term rehabilitation plans to help the affected people return to normal life as soon as possible.
Noting that World Vision Taiwan plans to build 1,200 temporary homes for the storm victims in Taitung, Pingtung, Kaohsiung and Chiayi counties, Du said the temporary homes can be easily assembled by untrained personnel with simple hand tools and that once the land is ready, these homes can be completed in two or three weeks.
The homes will be made of different local materials such as bamboo and slate, Du went on, adding that the construction materials are light, environmentally friendly and reusable.
"We have worked with aboriginal people for a long time. We understand their cultures and needs. World Vision's housing plan is particularly suitable for them," Du went on.
"The housing project will be implemented with a cash-for-work mechanism, so the beneficiaries can participate in the construction of their own homes," he added.
The organization will provide educational aid as well as living subsidies for children affected by the typhoon and will continue to set up "Child Friendly Spaces" for children.
Since the disaster caused by Morakot, World Vision Taiwan has received NT$57.4 million from both individuals and corporations, as well as receiving support from other countries such as the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Shelter Box, a British charity organization, has donated 324 tents to World Vision through Rotary International to provide additional temporary housing for affected families.
Hsieh Yen-Shen, Rotary International D3480 district governor, said the tents can provide shelter until more stable and permanent houses are constructed.
(By Rachel Chan)