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Taiwan Charity Gives Tsunami Victims Extra Funds

Taiwan Charity Group Donates Extra Money To Assist Tsunami Victims

The Taiwan National Women's League (NWL) today released extra funding worth SBD$36,500 (US$5000) to assist Tsunami victims in Western and Choiseul Provinces.

Taiwan Ambassador to Solomon Islands, George Chan officially presented the financial assistance to the Chairwoman of the "First Lady Charity Fund", Lady Alice Waena at the Government House this afternoon.

The National Women's League pledged the assistance when former Madame Emmy Sogavare led a delegation of Solomon Islands Ministers' wives to visit Taiwan in November last year.

The latest financial assistance is due to meet shipment and other transportation costs to deliver three containers of clothing previously donated by a group of Taiwanese business houses through the Solomon Islands government.

The three containers failed to reach the intended recipients last year due lack of funds to meet transportation expenses.

The situation has prompted Ambassador George Chan to recommend the extra NWL funding be used for transportation costs to get the clothes to the affected people.

Ambassador Chan said the government and people of Taiwan sympathized with the disaster victims.

He believed the fund has the capability to take the responsibility to help those who are in need of clothing.

"Taiwan will keep on helping the disadvantaged people and offering more assistance to the needy communities in Solomon Islands whenever we can," Mr Chan said.

The disaster killed at least 52 people, leaving thousands homeless in the two provinces.

The First Lady Charity Fund headed by Lady Waena has been mandated to coordinate the delivery of the clothes to the victims.

"The members of my charity would undertake to ensure that those people affected would be helped out," Lady Waena said.

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