Taiwan Participating InterAction Annual Conference and Sharing Experience as the Main Speaker for the First Time
The delegation had called on Pan American Development Foundation (PADF).
Since 2009, the Taiwan volunteer representative delegation has participated in the annual conference of American Council for Voluntary International Actions (InterAction), this year was the first time that five NGO representatives were main speakers in group discussions sharing Taiwan experiences.
The InterAction Annual Conference was held from June 11 to 13. Lai Ming-chi, director-general of the MOFA’s Department of NGO International Affairs stated this year was the first time since the delegation was formed, that Taiwan had had the opportunity to be the main speaker at group discussions at the conference to share Taiwan experiences with other participants.
Organizations that received the opportunity to be main speakers included the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Garden of Hope Foundation, Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, Foundation of Women’s Rights Promotion and Development, and the Tse-Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation.
In addition to taking part in the annual conference, the delegation also paid a visit to USAID, UN Foundation, PADF, and the Secretariat of InterAction to understand the operation model of the US and allow them to understand the abundant energy of NGOs from Taiwan.
The delegation had called on Sam Worthington, CEO of InterAction.
Mr. Kao Ning-pal, Supervisor of the Red Cross Society mentioned that he mainly shared his experience with other delegations on the assistance of post-disaster rebuilding after the August 8 Typhoon Disaster, including hardware construction, post-disaster rebuilding, and other services such as mental, employment, and education assistance. Most importantly, through this rebuild operation, they were able to understand how to prevent resource waste and the competition between organizations in the future.
Mr. Anthony John Carlisle, Supervisor of the Garden of Hope Foundation stated that although Taiwan was ranked number 8 in the world and number 1 in Asia on global gender equality, there were still problems on gender equality issues. He seized this opportunity to discuss the “#MeToo” movement that struck the world last year with the US.
Ms. Luo Pey-jiun, Specialist of the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families introduced the adoption system of Taiwan and seized the opportunity to learn about how to feed and take care of CLP children from the US. In the past, the Taiwan Fund for Children and Family focused more on medical surgery assistance and did not pay much attention to how to feed them. In the future, they will not exclude cooperation with the US.
Mr. Lee Li-Hsuan, Researcher of the Foundation of Women’s Rights Promotion and Development also shared his experience on their assistance after the August 8 Typhoon Disaster mainly because local aborigine women handcraft workshops were destroyed by the typhoon. While helping them to rebuild the workshop and get through the toughest hours, they also pondered on sustainable business and pushed in the direction of brand marketing and cooperated with women’s workshops through brands.
Ms. Cheng Li-yi, director of tree planting of the Tse-Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation shared Taiwan’s plan of planting trees along the coast from the perspective of climate change. Utilizing a newly obtained patent, they planted more than 300,000 trees along the coastal line of Taiwan and the survival rate reached 80%. She wanted to share and exchange this experience with other NGOs.
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