Na­tion’s rice do­na­tions earn it award from NGO

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s reg­u­lar do­na­tion of rice for the U.S.-based Food for the Poor’s re­lief pro­ject in Haiti has won the in­ter­na­tional re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ac­claim and its thanks for Tai­wan’s food aid, which has saved tens of hun­dreds of Haitian peo­ple liv­ing in poverty.

Am­bas­sador to Haiti, Peter Hwang, re­vealed the mat­ter in an in­ter­view with CNA Sun­day, say­ing that since 2008, the Tai­wanese gov­ern­ment has do­nated 2,400 tons of rice each year to Food for the Poor un­der a co­op­er­a­tive pro­gram aimed at sup­ply­ing food to 15,000 poverty-stricken house­holds in Haiti for four con­sec­u­tive months per year.

Dur­ing Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou’s visit to Haiti in mid-July, he presided over a rice do­na­tion cer­e­mony along with his Haitian coun­ter­part Michel Joseph Martelly. The two heads of state helped aid work­ers dis­trib­ute cooked rice to those in need, Hwang said. “The scene (of two lead­ers feed­ing the poor) was heart-warm­ing.”

Although in ge­o­graphic dis­tance, Tai­wan is a coun­try far away from Haiti, the Haitian peo­ple are “gen­uinely very grate­ful to Tai­wan” for be­ing able to eat freshly cooked rice, Hwang said.

The rice do­na­tion cer­e­mony that Ma hosted drew the at­ten­tion of for­eign media thanks to Food for the Poor Chair­man Robin Mah­food’s praise dur­ing the event of Tai­wan’s char­ity con­tri­bu­tions and his recog­ni­tion of Tai­wan as an im­por­tant source of re­lief food for Haiti, ac­cord­ing to Hwang.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Bank, out of Haiti’s pop­u­la­tion of 10.4 mil­lion, over 6 mil­lion peo­ple are liv­ing be­low the na­tional poverty line.

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