DPP lawmakers praise party’s efforts to reach out to NGOs helping Ukrainians

  • By Chen Cheng-yu and Jake Chung/staff reporter, with a staff writer

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers have met in recent months with lawmakers in Poland, Hungary and Slovakia to extend Taiwan’s support for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) helping Ukrainian refugees, the DPP lawmaker said. Lin Ching-yi (林靜儀).

A DPP delegation recently visited a foundation in Wroclaw, Poland, which helps Ukrainian refugees communicate and integrate into the local community, Lin told a news conference.

The Russian invasion triggered an exodus of Ukrainians, the majority of whom fled to Poland.

Taiwan donated $500,000 to the foundation through the Wroclaw city government to fund cultural and educational programs for refugees, Lin said.

The foundation’s deputy director said he was touched by Taiwan’s support, but expressed concern that international attention on the issue would diminish as the war drags on.

Taiwan has been greatly inspired by Ukrainians’ determination to defend their homeland and the government has welcomed young Ukrainians to study in Taiwan, Lin said, adding that the foundation should contact the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Poland. .

DPP legislator Michelle Lin (林楚茵) said the foundation’s most important task was to help refugees learn Polish and help refugee children get into school as easily as possible.

Michelle Lin also said that legal counseling is another important service offered by the foundation, as Ukrainians fleeing to Poland often need help with legal matters.

“Taiwan may be far from Ukraine, but the kindness of Taiwanese has made it possible for people from both countries to stick together,” she said.

Michelle Lin said at the press conference that the dress she wore was a gift from a Ukrainian refugee to thank Taiwanese people for their help.

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