Without going into a detailed coverage of the recent explosion disaster which physically and emotionally rocked the city of Kaohsiung, I thought I’d make a quick post in case some foreigners are wondering how to help out.
At those two convenient stores, get the attention of a sales clerk, tell him/her your desire to make a donation, in most cases he/she will gladly walk you through the process of filling out the donation form to get the donation receipt printed, you’ll hand in the money, and voilà! You’ll have done your good deed of the day, something I’m sure the Gods of Taiwan will remember at your benefit, in the future ;).
In addition of donations from the general population, many companies have given money as well, Kaohsiung city is keeping up a tab of all the donors, available on this page.
Since the first day of the tragedy, Kaohsiung’s mayor Chen Chu 陳菊 has been announcing help initiatives, here’s a non-exhaustive list:
- pick up the medical expenses for those hospitalized.
- 500 temporary paid job opportunities for the victims of the disaster who will help with the clean up and rebuilding process of the damaged area. A great idea really for the victims and the city to get back on its feet.
- educational financial aid for affected current students.
- rent allowance for those still without a place to live.
- financial help for affected businesses.
Although the city of Kaohsiung released some funds since day one, the degree of human and physical damages is so overwhelming, that I can only assume the money donations come in to complement the funding for the initiatives listed above. Overall, I think we can rest assured that the donated money is and will be adequately spent.
(last updated: 2014/08/09 六)