Cam­bo­dian girl thanks Tai­wan donor for love, care

The China Post - - LOCAL -

An 11-year-old girl from Cam­bo­dia ex­pressed grat­i­tude Mon­day to a Tai­wanese donor whom she said helped pre­vent her fam­ily from be­ing torn apart and gave her an op­por­tu­nity to go to school.

Si­morn Ri is one of five for­eign youths who are cur­rently vis­it­ing Tai­wan to par­tic­i­pate in a pro­gram ti­tled “Give Ev­ery Child a Brighter Fu­ture,” which is be­ing held for chil­dren re­ceiv­ing spon­sor­ship via World Vi­sion Tai­wan.

Ri said her par­ents were strug­gling fi­nan­cially and had planned to sneak into Thai­land to try to earn a living there but thanks to World Vi­sion Tai­wan’s monthly do­na­tion of NT$700 (US$22.58), her par­ents were able to take farm­ing cour­ses and in­crease their in­comes in Cam­bo­dia.

At the gath­er­ing in Taichung where Ri met her Tai­wanese spon­sor, the child said the do­na­tion also makes it pos­si­ble for her to at­tend school and gain an ed­u­ca­tion.

Now she can speak in public on be­half of other chil­dren in her com­mu­nity and has a chance to learn English and danc­ing, she added.

“Thanks for Tai­wan’s love,” Ri said, ex­press­ing her grat­i­tude also to her Tai­wanese spon­sor.

Yen Shu-chen ( ), head of World Vi­sion’s Cen­tral Tai­wan of­fice, said a do­na­tion of NT$700 per month not only helps chil­dren es­cape poverty, but also takes them closer to re­al­iz­ing their dreams.

The “Give Ev­ery Child a Brighter Fu­ture” cam­paign or­ga­nized by World Vi­sion Tai­wan com­prises a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing meet­ings be­tween chil­dren and their donors and an ex­hi­bi­tion of 155 paint­ings by chil­dren from around the world and in Tai­wan.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is be­ing held at Chi­ang Kai-shek Me­mo­rial Hall in Taipei un­til April 27.

The other four for­eign chil­dren who are at­tend­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties are from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Gu­atemala and Zam­bia.

CNA

Si­morn Ri, left, pose for a photo with a World Vi­sion vol­un­teer in Taipei, yes­ter­day. Ri, an 11-year-old girl from Cam­bo­dia, ex­pressed grat­i­tude to a Tai­wanese donor yes­ter­day.

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