Taiwan donates $1 million to Latvian charity that helps Ukrainians
Taipei, April 30 (CNA) Taiwan’s representative office in Latvia on Friday signed an agreement with a local charity to donate US$1 million in funds raised from the Taiwanese society to help displaced Ukrainians in the Baltic nation.
Andrew Lee (李憲章), Taiwan’s representative in Latvia, has signed an agreement to donate $1 million to the charity Ziedot.lv to help people who fled the ongoing war in Ukraine to the Latvia, according to a press release from the Taipei mission. in the Republic of Latvia.
Lee said at a signing ceremony on Friday that Taiwan was more than willing to work with international partners on such an important cause, according to the statement.
The statement added that more than 5.2 million people in Ukraine have been forced to flee to neighboring countries since the Russian invasion which began on February 24, and that Latvia alone has taken in at least 30,000.
Meanwhile, Ziedot.lv president Ruta Dimanta expressed her gratitude to the Taiwanese government and people, saying the donation will help support the charity’s efforts to provide assistance to Ukrainian refugees, according to the statement. .
Ziedot.lv also later took to social media to say the donation will be used to provide shelter, medicine and medical care to displaced Ukrainians in Latvia.
The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said the donated funds will come from a fundraising campaign organized by the Taiwanese government, which raised a total of $33 million from individuals from March 2 to April 1.
The donation is also part of a pledge made by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) at a press conference on April 1.
Wu said at the time that Taiwan would donate $1 million each to Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, as those countries had provided shelter and aid to the Ukrainian refugees. He noted that the funds would go directly to the authorities of these countries or to government-appointed NGOs.
Ziedot.lv is a charity founded in 2003 with a mission to channel donations from individuals and businesses to people in need and has also worked with the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine , according to the website.