Jakarta, MINA – Representative Office of Taiwanese Government in Indonesia or Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Indonesia (TETO) donated about $355,722, 31 to Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) to help victims of earthquake and tsunami disaster in Central Sulawesi .
“Today I am honored on behalf of the people of Taiwan to donate 355,722, 31 US dollars to PMI to jointly build reconstruction after the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi,” said John C. Chen, Head of TETO at the Head Office PMI, South Jakarta, Tuesday.
The donation was received directly by Ginandjar Kartasasmita, Acting Chairman of PMI and witnessed by members of director, Taiwanese businessmen in Indonesia.
The donation is planned to be used by PMI to build two schools in disaster areas, so that children can return to study in safe classrooms.
Previously, Taiwan government had donated US $1 million through PMI and Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) which would be used to rebuild the areas affected by earthquake and tsunami that occurred on September 28 last year in Central Sulawesi.
In addition, Taiwan collaborated with World Vision Indonesia and Mercy Corps Indonesia to carry out drinking water sanitation projects and rehabilitation projects in two remote villages in the disaster area, Central Sulawesi with a value of around US $800 thousand.
Overall, the contributions of Taiwanese government and private sector from domestic and overseas for earthquake and tsunami disaster in Central Sulawesi amounted to US $2,350,000.
Chen said that the friendly relations between Taiwan and Indonesia are very deep. Today there are nearly 300,000 Indonesians who working, studying and even building families in Taiwan.
“Natural disasters that occur in Indonesia make Taiwanese people feel the same loss as the victims,” Chen said.
Therefore, Taiwanese community fulfills international humanitarian responsibility by providing assistance to victims.
Meanwhile, Ginandjar greatly appreciated and thanked her for the donation, and explained about the school assistance development program.
He explained that PMI will build 10 elementary schools in several districts in Central Sulawesi such as in Palu, Donggala and Sigi.(L/Sj/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)