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World Vision International President visits Taiwan (5/21/10)

World Vision International President Kevin Jenkins meets President Ma Ying-Jeou on global humanitarian affairs 

World Vision’s new International President, Kevin Jenkins, is meeting President Ma Ying-Jeou this morning to discuss the many challenges facing the developing world and the roles of governments and non-government organizations in global humanitarian affairs.
 
On behalf of World Vision, Mr. Jenkins will also express his deep gratitude to the people and Government of Taiwan for their long history of helping the organization to meet humanitarian needs in Taiwan and across the world, especially during last year’s Typhoon Morakot disaster, and the recent earthquake in Haiti.
 
Mr. Jenkins, accompanied by World Vision Taiwan Executive Director Hank Du, will share with President Ma the progress of the organization’s on-going efforts to help communities hit by Typhoon Morakot to rebuild their lives and homes.
 
World Vision Taiwan, with more than 40 years of experience working with indigenous communities in Taiwan, is now working hand-in-hand with the displaced to rebuild houses through cash-for-work schemes. World Vision Taiwan was also active in the initial phases of emergency relief by meeting basic survival and shelter needs, as well as helping children cope with their psychosocial distress.
 
On Saturday May 22, Mr. Jenkins will visit a Typhoon Morakot reconstruction project in Taitung County and meet children supported by World Vision Taiwan.
 
As of April 30, 2010, World Vision Taiwan has received private funding of nearly US$40 million from donors in Taiwan and overseas, and another US$3.2 million was also committed by the other World Vision offices to support the typhoon relief and rehabilitation response. 
 
Mr. Jenkins, a Harvard trained businessman, was the managing director of TriWest Capital Partners and held senior executive positions at Canadian Airlines before taking office as the organization’s International President in October 2009. 
 
He is leading a global partnership of around 100 interdependent World Vision offices committed to a common humanitarian mission and vision. In Taiwan alone, 126,211 donors are sponsoring 175,502 children both in Taiwan and overseas through World Vision. 
 
 
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