The majority of children from disadvantaged families in remote areas of Taiwan need help to pay for their education and daily necessities, a local aid group said yesterday.
The Child Welfare League Foundation said that of the 2,107 children it serves, 94 percent have difficulty coming up with their tuition fees, 78.6 percent do not have enough money to cover their daily needs and nearly 70 percent lack school supplies.
What they need most are stationery, reading material, food and clothes, in that order, according to Alicia Wang (王育敏), a board member of the non-profit foundation.
The foundation also found that nearly 44 percent of school children from grade four to grade six in remote areas were having difficulty paying their tuition and other school fees on time.
Nearly 18 percent of children in those grades in 19 cities and counties save their free school lunches to take home for dinner, the foundation said, citing a survey it carried out in October last year.
About 8 percent of grade four to six children had seen or were aware of visits to their homes by debt collectors, Wang said at a press conference sponsored by the Chinatrust Charity Foundation.
The charity launched its 27th Light Up a Life fundraising campaign for disadvantaged children in December last year.