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Taiwanese NPO opens Kyrgyzstan branch
【Society】2012-11-26  21:05:48
Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF), a major local charity, opened its second overseas branch earlier this month in the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia, TFCF Chairman Lin Po-rung said Monday.

Kyrgyzstan is the world's seventh-poorest nation, where a family earns an average of less than US$150 a month, said Lin. Nearly 60 percent of the people there live in poverty and 22 percent of children aged 5 and younger die of malnutrition, he noted.

Furthermore, up to 40 percent of children aged 16 and below have been forced to drop out of school and join the workforce, according to Lin.

The service center will not only help handle donations from Taiwan but will also provide direct services to children there, Lin added.

TFCF Executive Director Miguel Wang recently returned from a trip to Kyrgyzstan, during which he visited the government officials and schools and presided over the branch's opening ceremony.

Wang called on the Taiwanese public to donate money to support poor children there.

The TFCF is the first Taiwanese non-profit organization to establish an official and legal branch in Kyrgyzstan, according to Lin. The organization's other overseas branch opened in Mongolia in 2004.

(By Hau Hsueh-chin and Kendra Lin)
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