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World Vision Taiwan calls for aid for 982 poor local children

World Vision Taiwan calls for aid for 982 poor local children

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) World Vision Taiwan, a Christian relief and advocacy group, called on the public Thursday to donate NT$2,000 (US$61) per month to help 982 needy children in Taiwan grow up in a more healthy environment. A staffer for the advocacy group said that more than 40 percent of the poor children on its aid list come from single-parent families or households where grandparents are the main carers. Some 60 percent of the parents or grandparents have an education of less than grade 9 or junior high school, while some are even illiterate. Many of these needy children live with a parent who is an alcoholic or addicted to gambling, and unable to support the family financially, according to World Vision Taiwan. As the children do not have a normal parent to guide them through school and, worse, do not have financial stability, they more often than not are forced to drop out of school, it said. Financial assistance for such poor children can make a world of difference to them, according to the group, which cited the example of Tu Chi-tsung (???), the basketball coach at Majia Junior High School in Pingtung County. The team won the championship in a county-wide competition under Tu's coaching last year. "I had been a recipient of World Vision aid since grade school. I must say thank you to World Vision for helping make me what I am today," Tu said. While it has been doing all it can to help needy kids in other countries, World Vision Taiwan said that here at home, there are at least 982 less privileged children. It called on the general public to make donations that can be used to help change the fortunes of these needy children so that they have a better chance of realizing their life ambitions. World Vision is dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. President Ma Ying-jeou is a regular donor to World Vision and has praised it as a model for NGO's that work with the government to provide humanitarian assistance to the needy. (By Kuo Chih-hsuan and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-25 11:21 GMT+08:00