Child welfare foundation funds disadvantaged kids
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.