Livelihoods Improvements

Livelihood Improvements

  • Financial assistance
    24,483 children
  • Emergency relief
    186 cases
  • Winter supplies
    5353 families
  • Vocational skills training
    137 caregiver

While the gap between the rich and the poor is very large in developing countries, most of people are engaged in lower-level and lower-paid jobs. Due to the low educational performance in Swaziland and Kyrgyzstan, people seek any job opportunities even lower-paying occupations and careers.

The livelihood improvement initiative is the primary aid to households in lower middle income countries. People live below the poverty line and face economic hardship. The greatest challenge is inadequate financial resources, whether insufficient income to meet daily expenses or the necessary assets. Most of time, poor households will cut children's education spending, therefore, TFCF offers them with financial assistance through the sponsorship fees from donors in Taiwan. In 2016, we assisted 24,483 needy children by TFCF overseas branches including Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Swaziland, Vietnam, and Cambodia. In addition, we had the regular visits to assisted families and give them emotional support by our professional social workers. We also helped discover the advantages of assisted families, and encouraged parents to grasp any opportunities to have a better live for their children and family.

Financial assistance

The families survives under the poverty line, the main stress is from their daily spending, such as: the bill of water and electricity, rental fee, food cost and tuition. If they cannot pay, they will easily live in the dangers. TFCF provides the financial assistance monthly. Social workers do the home-visiting regularly, give sponsored families emotional support, also find out the advantage of families through consultation, and increase their confidence, catch the opportunity, try to change the situation of family finance and give the children and family a better life.

Emergency relief

The needy families usually have poor social network, they usually feel pressured, when the emergency happen. TFCF provides the timely assistance and support, when the family face the emergency, include the medical needs, funeral, accident and other disaster.

Winter supplies

Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan branch offices locate at high latitudes, they organize the winter supplies activity every year when the winter coming. Base on the needs, TFCF Mongolia branch office provided a blanket, a mattress, 25kg flour for each family in 2016 and also provided 1.2ton coal for those family cannot afford it. In Kyrgyzstan, TFCF provided chocolate, quilt and the stainless steel pot for all sponsored families in 2016.

Vocational training

The parents of sponsored families are not easy to find a job in the community. Through vocational training program, TFCF empowers and trains family members for job-seeking and maintain their life and self-reliant. Mongolia branch office offered hair salon, sewing and kindergarten assistant. All the participants graduated and granted the license, there were over 72% of participants got the job in 2016, especially hair salon and sewing. Besides that, for those caregivers must take care children at home, Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan branch office offer the weave and felted wool training, caregiver can do the domestic OEM, earned the income and also take care of their children. The product from Kyrgyzstan also display and sell at TFCF Loveshop. In Swaziland, TFCF invite professional teacher, teach those caregivers traditional wickerwork, beadwork and DIY cleaning supplies at tribe.

House repair

Nurjamal is 46 years old and she has six children. She is a kindergarten teacher, but she has never worked by trade, as she lost her diploma. Before coming to Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF), she used to work at school cafeteria, but she almost had no income. She could not change her job, as it is hard to find well-paid job with good conditions. Her income was hardly enough to make ends meet. Her husband is an odd-jobber and not earn money properly. As they lacked necessary daily things, her sister introduced her the TFCF.

In 2013, TFCF invited interested families to a Family Program; Nurjamal joined it. She likes cooking, so that she decided to cook for our children, on different activities and for guests. Later, she decided to join sewing group, as she wanted to learn something more. After participating sewing group regularly and showing the best of herself, she was offered a job. Currently she is a manager of the program and trains new members. While participating the program, she got a permanent job, stable income and she developed skills. Stable income helps to pay rent fee regularly, she is able to provide proper education for her children and develops quality of family’s life.

TFCF Village

Mongolia has a population of around three million people. Approximately 66.6% of the country's population reside in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Residents on the edge of Ulaanbaatar are hard and difficult with food and dwelling insecurity.

Through the collaboration with government, we established a village in a suburb of Ulaanbaatar which helped 71 needy families off the streets and lived in gers with electricity, bathroom facilities, an activity center, water supply stations and other basic facilities in schools and communities. TFCF Mongolia provides about 160 tons of coal for needy families per year, and the village also runs vocational skills training for parents temporarily living there. It allows them to become independent. By the end of 2016, 54 out of the 71 families moved out of the village and lived successfully on their own.