By: T.W. Hsu and Lillian Lin
Taipei, June 23 (CNA) 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% of the surveyed children said during the winter and summer vacations they weren’t able to eat lunch every day, and 12% said meals at their dining tables were often leftovers. [FULL STORY]