Child wel­fare foun­da­tion funds dis­ad­van­taged kids

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Child Wel­fare League Foun­da­tion is hop­ing to raise NT$18 mil­lion for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren, spon­sor­ing sum­mer camps, pro­vid­ing meals and nutri­tion, and sub­si­diz­ing tu­ition in the new se­mes­ter.

A sur­vey re­port re­leased by the foun­da­tion in­di­cates that many dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren find the two- month sum­mer va­ca­tion not only mo­not­o­nous be­cause their fam­i­lies can­not af­ford any hol­i­day recre­ation, but also a time of ex­treme fru­gal­ity be­cause of the lack of a free lunch when school is not in ses­sion.

The foun­da­tion con­ducted a sur­vey in Jan­uary-Fe­bru­ary this year, se­lect­ing 866 sam­ples among dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren around the is­land.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, 36 per­cent of the sur­veyed chil­dren said dur­ing the win­ter and sum­mer va­ca­tions they weren’t able to eat lunch ev­ery day, and 12 per­cent said meals at their din­ing ta­bles were of­ten leftovers.

In ad­di­tion, daily meal ex­penses of 27 per­cent of the chil­dren av­er­aged be­low NT$100 (about US$3.2); 56 per­cent were of­ten alone at home; 32 per­cent had to pre­pare their own meals.

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