Paraguayan student sends home Taiwanese kindness
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Paraguayan student Vernica Lima Pappaseit has been doing a little bit more than just studying in Taiwan: she has been running a small charity campaign of her own to help the poor in her country.
August 17, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The 22-year-old civil and environmental engineering student, who has acquired the Chinese name Lee Mei-jung, started her campaign last summer asking people in Taiwan to donate old clothes to the poor in her country.
It wasn't a year-round campaign, though. Her idea was to bring along the donated clothes when she headed home for the summer break from her studies at the National University of Kaohsiung.
She actually started calling for donations a few days before her departure, but managed to collect about 200 kilograms of clothing, an amount that she definitely could not bring on board her homeward-bound flight.
Her university managed to help her find a sponsor, a courier service company which agreed to deliver the clothes to Paraguay free of charge. Those clothing items were eventually distributed to almost 400 aboriginal residents of two villages in Paraguay.
Pappaseit said many of the old clothing items looked new, and some of them were even luxury brands. The Paraguayan aboriginals knew nothing about the luxury brands, but the clothes kept them warm in winter, she said.
“The Taiwanese people are really very kind,” she was cited by the United Evening News as saying.
Pappseit received a Taiwan-government scholarship to study here in 2009 and over the past four years she has been charmed by the friendliness of the Taiwanese people, she said.
This summer — or winter in Paraguay — Pappaseit has been serving as a volunteer interpreter for Taiwanese reporters covering President Ma Ying-jeou's visit in Paraguay.
But she did not forget her charity work. Before flying home, she managed to collect about 100kg of clothing in two days. The old clothes were again delivered by the same sponsor free of charge. The clothes have recently been distributed to aboriginal villagers.
Paraguayan student Vernica Lima Pappseit poses for a picture during a ceremony where her country's new president, Horacio Cartes, was sworn in Thursday. Pappaseit has been studying ...