Taiwan's NGOs are lending a helping hand by raising funds and paying visits to tsunami-stricken Southern Asian countries.
Organizations such as World Vision Taiwan, the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China, the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (CCF), Dharma Drum Mountain and the Tzu Chi (
"We are now working with the Christian Children's Fund [the CCF's global headquarters] in the US to raise money to send medical or other supplies to the victims," said Su Chiong-hwa (
The condition of many of the children sponsored by Taiwanese individuals remains unclear. Individuals have sponsored 1,592 children in Sri Lanka, 1,637 in India, 1,073 in Thailand, 854 in Indonesia and 1,471 in Kenya.
"The sponsors have been calling anxiously to find out if their sponsored children are all right. Unfortunately, due to communications being cut off in the disaster zones, so far it is very hard to tell," Su said.
The CCF has sent relief supplies such as drinking water, clothes, foods and blankets to needy areas.
The CCF's executive director, Chen Bang-hung (
Donations to the CCF can be made by calling its hotline at (04) 2206-1234, or through a postal service money transfer to account number 00224801. The account's name is
World Vision Taiwan aims to raise NT$4 million for victims in Sri Lanka, the worst-hit country in this calamity.
"It is just the first round of fundraising. Calls have been pouring in through our hotline for our postal service money transfer number," said Celine Sheng (
The organization has dispatched representatives to Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia to assist in disaster relief.
According to a public statement released yesterday, representatives had also paid a visit and offered NT$5,000 to the family of Liao Fong-shun (
The number for World Vision Taiwan's donation hotline is (02) 2585-6300. Its postal money transfer account number is 15752467, and the account title is
The Red Cross Society of the Republic of China has sent a representative to Indonesia but has yet to receive updates due to communication problems.
Donations to the Red Cross can be made to its postal money transfer account number: 14341596. The account title is: 中華民國紅十字總會, note: 印尼震災捐款. Alternatively, donors can call (02) 2362-8232.
Additionally, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Chen (
additional reporting by Ko Shu-ling