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Welfare group raising funds for disadvantaged children

2012/05/26 16:14:02

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) A child welfare organization is raising funds for disadvantaged children in families suffering as a result of rising commodity prices caused by fuel price hikes and the government's decision to raise electricity rates.

In its project to build a "101 Building of Love," the Taipei-based Child Welfare League Foundation said it hopes to attract at least 1,001 donors and raise NT$3 million (US$101,000) or more.

Taipei's 101 building is an important local landmark and a popular tourist attraction.

"In Taiwan, nearly 80 percent of disadvantaged children suffer from hunger or the lack of basic necessities," the foundation said on its website.

According a foundation survey on four-member household expenses, the monthly expenses increased by NT$571 per household on average in April. For disadvantaged families, the impact of rising commodity prices was 9.5 times larger than for normal families, the survey indicated.

Against this backdrop, the foundation launched its campaignMay 3 to raise funds for health and livelihood care for disadvantaged children, the group said.

So far, the foundation has drawn 700 donors, who have made combined donations of NT$1 million, enough to feed over 5,000 disadvantaged children for one day, the group said.

(By Lin Szu-yu and Elizabeth Hsu)
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