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In on Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Early in this year Eberhard and I decided to apply for child sponsorship, and donate a small part of our monthly income helping a child improving his education and living standards. We chose sponsoring because it’s not easy to see where the money goes from a normal donation, but one can see real life improvement of a stranger you’ve never met before through a specific sponsorship. There are many foundations with sponsorship programs. I chose CCF(家扶基金會)because I was in a children choir of CCF Taichung when I was around ten years old; my impression of the people there were very genuine, must be trusty :)
Our sponsored child is called Dewi; she is an 8 year old little girl living in Jakarta, Indonesia. She and two elder brothers living in an earthen floor house in a slum with their parents. The father sells food and the mother stays at home to take care of the children and manage the household. Their annual income is only 300 USD. I wrote a letter to her today to learn more about her and her family. I believe that this doesn't only benefit her, but also an important life experience to us. I hope our donation can make some improvement to their life.
今年初我和Eberhard決定要認養兒童,每個月捐一小部分生活費幫助貧困兒童的生活和教育。會想認養兒童是因為一般捐款不容易看到錢到底用到哪了,有 特定的對象的話能看到真的幫助某個素昧平生的人生活有所改善。很多基金會都有認養兒童的項目,我最後選了家扶基金會,因為小時候參加過台中家扶合唱團,接 觸到家扶中心的人每個都很真誠,心裡想應該是很值得信賴吧,呵。
本來想認養國內的兒童,沒想到「扶助踴躍」,新申請捐款人要等六至八個月,所以就改申請認養國外兒童。過了約一個月收到家扶寄來小朋友的資料。Dewi是個八歲的 小女生,住在印尼雅加達,跟爸爸媽媽還有兩個哥哥住在貧民區裡的泥土地小房子裡,父親賣食物,媽媽在家照顧小孩,整個家庭的年生入約只有美金三百元。 在印尼,家扶基金會的認養人捐款是統籌運用的,也就是捐款會用到學校跟改善整個貧民區家庭的住家及衛生。認養一位兒童所捐款的金額是每個月台幣七百元,讓家扶輔導改善他們的教育及生活,一直到能自立自足。
今天寫了封信給Dewi,讓她能認識我們。我覺得這不是只有對她單方面金錢的幫助,對我們也是重要的人生體驗。

Dear Dewi,
My name is Huan-Yu. I’m from Taiwan and now I live in Vienna with my husband; his name is Eberhard. We are one of the sponsors of children’s fund program. We are very happy to write you this letter, and it’s a very nice chance that you and we can know each other.
I went to France 4 years ago to study abroad. At that time, Eberhard just finished his master study in Vienna and went to France doing research for 3 months. And that’s where we met each other.
Eberhard is a mathematician. We are very happy to know that your favorite subject is mathematics. Eberhard likes to talk about math a lot. Maybe you can tell us about the math you learn in school.
As for me, I translate documents to English and French as a freelancer, and I like to read literature and learn design. I just designed our new apartment and I will also try to design garments in the future.
I have a sister living in Taiwan with my parents; she can dance very well and wants to be an actress one day. Eberhard has two brothers and one sister, they and their parents are all living in Vienna.
I read that you have 2 elder brothers. Do they also go to school with you? And we also heard that your hobby is swimming. It’s a very good activity and helps you grow tall and healthy. Where do you swim? In a lake, in a river, or maybe in the sea? I have been to Indonesia when I was 10 years old. I cannot remember very much because I was too young, but I remember I visited a volcano and there was a big lake around, very beautiful. We hope one day we can visit you and your family.
Best wishes,
Huan-Yu & Eberhard

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