Charity seeks funds to aid poor students with tuition
CNATAIPEI -- The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families urged the public to support its fund drive to help the financially disadvantaged students it sponsors pay for their education.
August 28, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The charity supports over 9,600 high school students financially each year, but it is still NT$20 million (US$667,000) short of the NT$60 million it needs to pay for their school fees in the coming semester, said Betty Ho, chief executive director of the group.
Ho asked the public to extend a helping hand to ensure that the children could continue their education.
A survey of 947 of those students, meanwhile, revealed that the lack of someone to help them with schoolwork, the lack of money to pay for cram schools and the need to take up part-time jobs were among the main factors cited by respondents as hurting their studies.
Close to 70 percent of the respondents were from families with monthly incomes of under NT$20,000 and 25 percent were from families earning less than NT$10,000 a month, according to the charity.