TPRF Funds Breakfast Program for Aboriginal Children in Taiwan

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A grant from The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) will provide nutritious breakfasts for 530 aboriginal children attending 14 primary schools located on offshore islands and in remote mountain areas of Taiwan.

We hope this is the beginning of a long and productive relationship between ECF and TPRF. ECF expresses grateful appreciation to The Prem Rawat Foundation for joining ECF to accomplish this task together.

A grant from The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) will provide nutritious breakfasts for 530 aboriginal children attending 14 primary schools located on offshore islands and in remote mountain areas of Taiwan. The breakfast program, which needs to be renewed each year, is offered by the Taipei-based Eastern Culture Foundation (ECF) and their sister organization, the Eastern Charity Foundation.

Typically, aboriginal children in remote areas arrive at school feeling so hungry that some become faint before lunchtime. They are unable to concentrate, and their ability to learn is seriously undermined. The resulting malnutrition and underachievement affects every aspect of life for these children and leaves them with little hope of improving their economic prospects as they grow older.

Mr. Lee, principal of Gu Feng, one of the participating elementary schools, reported that none of the aboriginal students attending his school were fed breakfast at home. Their first meal of the day is the government-supported lunch served at noon. In spite of their hunger, many children even save part of this meal for their dinner.

The program sponsored by TPRF will provide each student a breakfast consisting of bread, noodles or rice, along with other foods such as eggs, cheese and drinks. Schools will either hire helpers to prepare and serve the breakfasts or use a voucher system for the children to be fed at nearby breakfast restaurants.

Kuo Shiang, Chang, CEO of ECF, says, "We hope this is the beginning of a long and productive relationship between ECF and TPRF. ECF expresses grateful appreciation to The Prem Rawat Foundation for joining ECF to accomplish this task together." Since 2004, ECF has launched several successful projects to provide better nutrition and education to aboriginal children as well as to enhance their culture. Their focus is on helping aboriginal people help themselves. The TPRF grant will enable them to continue their breakfast program in 2008, helping make it possible for more children to receive the education they need to become self-sufficient adults.

TPRF advances the internationally acclaimed message of peace made available by Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji. In addition, it helps provide the necessities of life for people most in need. The Foundation often partners with other humanitarian organizations to bring food, water and rapid disaster relief where it is most required.

To learn more about Prem Rawat, his message of peace and TPRF's humanitarian initiatives: The Prem Rawat Foundation

Source: The Prem Rawat Foundation, 310-392-5700.

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