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Charity calls for donations of pens to Sri Lanka

2012/12/31 17:11:03

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) The World Vision Taiwan charity organization said Monday that it is collecting ballpoint pens to give to school children in resource-lacking areas of Sri Lanka who do not have sufficient stationery supplies.

The public can donate new pens to World Vision Taiwan offices around the country until Jan. 31, according to the Christian charity.

“Children here often had to quit school in the past because of financial difficulties at home, so they cherish the opportunity to go to school. They like pens more than candies and cookies,” Sanjeewa Rodrigo, director of the charity’s Mangrove Area Development Program in Sri Lanka, said in a statement.

The program, which began in 1998, serves children and families from poor fishing villages in the country's Negombo area.

The charity also called on the public to sponsor needy children in Sri Lanka. Donors can sponsor a child for NT$700 (US$24.11) per month.

(By Christie Chen)