NIA director spreads the love among cyclists
By Janice Lin ,Special to The China Post
July 22, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Good Shepherd Social Welfare Service's cycling program "Force of Love" for immigrants ended recently in Taipei, after a total of 12 days cycling around Taiwan to raise funds for disadvantaged children.
Foundation members expressed their concerns for new immigrants in Taiwan in front of the National Museum of Taiwan History, the final stop of the cycling program. Mo Tian-hu (莫天虎), director of the National Immigration Agency (NIA, 移民署), sent them wreaths of flowers as a gesture of encouragement and blessing.
Mo said by completing this act of charity, the new immigrants have shown their selfless actions and care for disadvantaged children and families. He said the immigrants have also shown us their will and courage to step out and give back to society.
Mo emphasized to both locals and immigrants that problems will inevitably arise due to different backgrounds, cultures and languages; people will have difficulty adapting to new environments and he hopes everyone can keep a positive attitude to embrace new members of the community and make them feel at home.
The foundation and the NIA also work together to prevent human trafficking. In addition, they have established numerous programs that help immigrants to create a life in Taiwan. The NIA and the welfare service hope that these programs will succeed in attending to every single new immigrant.