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Taiwanese foundation to aid physically challenged in Haiti

2012/05/15 13:56:42

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) A Taiwanese welfare foundation will sign an agreement with an international nongovernmental organization this month to help the physically challenged in Haiti, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

The cooperation agreement is aimed at promoting programs that help disabled persons better integrate into society, said Wu Rong-chuan, vice chairman of the ministry's NGO Affairs Committee at a routine press conference.

Various aid programs, including career training for the disabled and their families, microloan projects, temporary housing and education assistance are included in the agreement, he said.

"The ministry, in cooperation with the Eden Social Welfare Foundation, hopes to export Taiwan's experience abroad and help those in need," Wu said.

Foundation executive Kuang Wei-cheng said this was not the first time the group was collaborating with Handicap International, a France-based organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities.

The two organizations launched joint humanitarian programs in 2008 following the Sichuan Earthquake, and the working relationship since then has been positive, Kuang said.

About 135 disabled Haitians are expected to benefit from the program, he added.

The Eden Social Welfare Foundation was founded in 1982 by Liu Hsia, a female writer and wheelchair user who pushed for equality for the disabled in Taiwan.

(By Nancy Liu)