2 build­ings for Nepalese or­phans to open April, says Tai­wan-based NGO

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Two build­ings con­structed in Nepal with funds from the Tai­wan chap­ter of a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion will be in­au­gu­rated in late April, prov­ing class­rooms and dor­mi­to­ries for Nepalese or­phans, ac­cord­ing to the Taipei-based World League for Free­dom and Democ­racy (WLFD).

The build­ings on the com­pounds of two schools in the Nepalese cap­i­tal Kathmandu have been named WLFD TaipeiNepal Friend­ship School Houses and will be opened for­mally on April 23 at a cer­e­mony hosted by WLFD pres­i­dent Yao Eng-chi, the or­ga­ni­za­tion said.

At the open­ing cer­e­mony, Yao will trans­fer man­age­ment of the school­houses to the Nepalese gov­ern­ment, the or­ga­ni­za­tion said.

Nepal is a scenic coun­try but is also a place where around 10,000 peo­ple die of AIDS each year, leav­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of or­phans, ac­cord­ing to the WLFD.

Amid a weak econ­omy, many schools in Nepal are run down and poor chil­dren in re­mote ar­eas are forced to drop out of school and go to work, the WLFD said.

In light of those cir­cum­stances, Yao de­cided to ini­ti­ate a pro­gram aimed at pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for dis­ad­van­taged Nepalese chil­dren, his or­ga­ni­za­tion said.

The Repub­lic of China chap­ter of the WLFD, through a fund rain­ing cam­paign, was able to do­nate enough money to con­struct two build­ings at sep­a­rate school com­plexes in Kathmandu, the or­ga­ni­za­tion said.

The new build­ings com­prise class­rooms and dor­mi­to­ries that will be al­lo­cated to or­phans, it said.

The WLFD is an in­ter­na­tional non- gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion that evolved from the Anti-Com­mu­nist League and was ini­ti­ated by the lead­ers of the Repub­lic of China on Tai­wan, South Korea and the Philip­pines in 1954.

It was re­named in 1990 in an ef­fort to ad­just to the global po­lit­i­cal re­al­ity and to at­tract more peo­ple to the free­dom and democ­racy move­ment.

It is a mem­ber of the Depart­ment of Public In­for­ma­tion/Non­Govern­men­tal Or­ga­ni­za­tions (DPI/NGO) of the United Na­tions.

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