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Taiwan NGO-funded schoolhouses for orphans in Nepal to open soon

Taiwan NGO-funded schoolhouses for orphans in Nepal to open soon

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) Two buildings constructed in Nepal with funds from the Taiwan chapter of a non-governmental organization will be inaugurated in late April, proving classrooms and dormitories for Nepalese orphans, according to the Taipei-based World League for Freedom and Democracy (WLFD). The buildings on the compounds of two schools in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu have been named WLFD Taipei-Nepal Friendship School Houses and will be opened formally on April 23 at a ceremony hosted by WLFD president Yao Eng-chi, the organization said. At the opening ceremony, Yao will transfer management of the schoolhouses to the Nepalese government, the organization said. Nepal is a scenic country but is also a place where around 10,000 people die of AIDS each year, leaving hundreds of thousands of orphans, according to the WLFD. Amid a weak economy, many schools in Nepal are run down and poor children in remote areas are forced to drop out of school and go to work, the WLFD said. In light of those circumstances, Yao decided to initiate a program aimed at providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged Nepalese children, his organization said. The Republic of China chapter of the WLFD, through a fund raining campaign, was able to donate enough money to construct two buildings at separate school complexes in Kathmandu, the organization said. The new buildings comprise classrooms and dormitories that will be allocated to orphans, it said. The WLFD is an international non-governmental organization that evolved from the Anti-Communist League and was initiated by the leaders of the Republic of China on Taiwan, South Korea and the Philippines in 1954. It was renamed in 1990 in an effort to adjust to the global political reality and to attract more people to the freedom and democracy movement. It is a member of the Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations (DPI/NGO) of the United Nations. (By Tang Pei-chun and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-25 11:56 GMT+08:00