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Child welfare foundation raising fund for disadvantaged children

Child welfare foundation raising fund for disadvantaged children

Taipei, June 23 (CNA) The Child Welfare League Foundation is hoping to raise NT$18 million for disadvantaged children, sponsoring summer camps, providing meals and nutrition, and subsidizing tuition in the new semester.
A survey report released by the foundation indicates that many disadvantaged children find the two-month summer vacation not only monotonous because their families cannot afford any holiday recreation, but also a time of extreme frugality because of the lack of a free lunch when school is not in session.
The foundation conducted a survey in January-February this year, selecting 866 samples among disadvantaged children around the island.
According to the report, 36% of the surveyed children said during the winter and summer vacations they weren't able to eat lunch every day, and 12% said meals at their dining tables were often leftovers.
In addition, daily meal expenses of 27% of the children averaged below NT$100 (about US$3.2); 56% were often alone at home; 32% had to prepare their own meals.
Children from many low-income families are expected to become helping hands when they don't have to attend school. 57% said they must help out with household works, 31% must look after their younger brothers and sisters, and 22% became temporary workers.
Calling on the public to make generous donations, the foundation said that they hope 3000 disadvantage children will benefit from its summer campaign. (By T.W. Hsu and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-05-09 22:51 GMT+08:00