Cambodian girl thanks Taiwan donor for love, care
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.
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.