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Chinatrust invites kids affected by Ya'an earthquake to take a tour of Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- To ten kids from Sichuan province's Ya'an city, — who have never been to Taiwan in their life — the island might merely just warrant a one-page introduction on the Internet; but after visiting Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum, North Region Children's Home of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the tour of Taiwan has changed their impressions.

The Chinatrust Charity Foundation (中國信託慈善基金會) last year announced its collaboration with the China National Committee for the Wellbeing of the Youth (CNCWY, 中國關心下一代工作委員會) and mainland China's Ministry of Civil Affairs' Foundation for the Next Generation (中國社會福利基金會關心下一代基金) in establishing education demonstration zones in mainland China.

Chinatrust recently invited the CNCWY, the Foundation for the Next Generation and ten children who experienced the 2013 Ya'an Earthquake to visit Taiwan and exchange opinions over issues such as taking care of children who come from lower-economic families and education.

The 10 children come from a small town in Baoxing County, one of the counties under the administration of Ya'an City. Thirteen-year-old Wang Song immediately ran back home when the Ya'an earthquake hit the area, and once he knew the situation wasn't too serious, returned to school and started helping people build temporary tents for the victims.

Knowing that Wang always wanted to see the ocean, Chinatrust volunteers on Tuesday escorted him to Taiwan's Northeastern Coast, and later went to the National Palace Museum. Wang yesterday took an elevator to the top of the Taipei 101, and was amazed by the speedy elevator and the strange feeling of tinnitus. “Taiwan is so much more interesting than what the Internet said about it,” Wang said.

Ku Hsiu-lien (顧秀蓮), head of the CNCWY, said during her visit at the MHW's North Region Children's Home that Chinatrust is experienced in taking good care of and helping children, and she is glad to see the collaboration between Chinatrust and the two organizations growing stronger.

So far, over 3,200 children from four schools in China have been aided by the education demonstration zones project collaborated by Chinatrust and the two service organizations.

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Ten children from Ya'an city of Sichuan Province in mainland China and volunteers from Chinatrust Charity Foundation pose for a photograph in front of the National Palace Museum in Taipei. (Courtesy of Chinatrust Charity Foundation)

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