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Nobel Prize winner Satyarthi to visit Taiwanese charity groups

Nobel Prize winner Satyarthi to visit Taiwanese charity groups

Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) Children's rights activist and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi of India will visit several Taiwanese charity groups to learn more about the development of social welfare in Taiwan on his first trip to the country next week. The 60-year old founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), or Save the Childhood Movement, shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai. He will visit Taiwan at the invitation of the Taiwan government from Jan. 14 to 18, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. It will be his second trip abroad since winning the Nobel Peace Prize in October. Satyarthi is scheduled to visit several Taiwanese charity groups on his first visit to the island, including the Eden Social Welfare Foundation, the Child Welfare League Foundation and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, the ministry said. On Jan. 15, he will pay a visit to the Eden foundation and receive a briefing on the foundation's efforts to care for disadvantaged groups, said William Chu, supervisor of Eden's volunteer program center. Satyarthi will also visit Eden's day care center for people with intellectual disabilities in Taipei's Wanfang area, Chu told CNA. Most people taken care of at the center are teenagers, he added. Satyarthi's visit to the foundation came after four years of cooperation between BBA and Eden. Since 2010, Eden has been sending volunteers to India to work in BBA programs, Chu said. "We've sent volunteers to help educate children there," he said, noting that the volunteers have taught English, art, public health and Taiwanese culture.
Following his visit to Eden, Satyarthi will visit the Child Welfare League Foundation in Taipei on Jan. 16, during which he will learn more about the group's advocacy of children's rights, said Huang Yun-shan, the foundation's executive secretary. "We will also see if we can share our experience and contribute to BBA's efforts to end children labor," Huang told CNA. Meanwhile, Satyarthi will also meet with President Ma Ying-jeou and Foreign Minister David Lin, according to the ministry. Established by Satyarthi in 1980, BBA has rescued more than 83,500 victims of trafficking, slavery and child labor and has been seen by many as India's largest grassroots movement for the protection of children, ensuring their education, according to BBA's website.
(By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-20 16:26 GMT+08:00