Nation extends helping hands to Haiti; donates rice, funds hospital: gov't
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan will donate another 2,200 metric tons of rice to Haiti this year to help the Caribbean ally resolve a hunger crisis, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said Thursday.
September 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Florencia Hsieh (謝妙宏), deputy director-general of MOFA's Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, said yesterday that the donation will be made in three batches.
All 2,200 metric tons of rice are expected to arrive in Haiti by the end of September via shipments conducted by Food For The Poor (FFP), Hsieh said.
The donation is expected to help thousands of disadvantaged Haitian families and children, she added. Taiwan also donated 2,200 metric tons of rice to Haiti in 2012.
According to FFP, one in eight Haitian children under the age five dies from starvation.
Statistics released by the U.N. World Food Program also revealed that an estimated 1.5 million Haitians face hunger because of poor harvests and rising food prices.
Hsieh also indicated that a Taiwan-funded hospital in Haiti is planned to officially open in mid-October.
Taiwan donated medical supplies and equipment to Haiti so that the hospital will be better prepared to treat its patients, Hsieh added.