Charity seeks funds for disadvantaged children

Staff writer, with CNA

Wed, Jun 24, 2015 - Page 4

The Child Welfare League Foundation yesterday said it is hoping to raise NT$18 million (US$580,600) for children from disadvantaged families, money it plans to use to sponsor summer camps, provide meals and subsidize tuition next semester.

A survey released by the foundation yesterday indicates that many children from disadvantaged families might find the two-month summer vacation not only a period of monotony, but hunger — as their families often cannot afford to provide any holiday recreation or replace the free school lunches they receive at school.

The foundation conducted a poll between January and February this year of 866 children from disadvantaged families in Taiwan.

According to the results, 36 percent of the children surveyed said that during the winter and summer vacations they were not able to eat lunch every day, and 12 percent said the meals they were given were often leftovers.

In addition, the daily meal expenses of 27 percent of the children averaged less than NT$100; 56 percent were often alone at home and 32 percent had to prepare their own meals.

Children from many low-income families are sometimes expected to help with family tasks when they are not at school: Of the respondents 57 percent said they must help out with household chores, 31 percent said they had to look after their younger brothers.

Calling on the public to make generous donations, the foundation said that they hope to benefit 3,000 children in this summer’s campaign.