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Important Volunteer Update

August 14, 2009
Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your continuing concern for the Typhoon Morakot victims. So many people from all over the world have volunteered to help, which touches us all!

We would like to share an important volunteer update at this time.

Many regions have already started to recover, bit by bit. The need for basic essentials, such as food and water, has dramatically decreased. People are now beginning to clean up their homes, as well as dispose of damaged property and garbage on the streets. Some major exceptions are in hard-to-access mountainous areas of Taiwan, chiefly in Kaohsiung County.

There is certainly much left to accomplish – we are not seeking to underplay the severity of the situation – but we have decided that from this point forward, local relief efforts will run much more smoothly if local governments take the lead. They will thus coordinate further volunteer efforts, and DPP teams will return from their stations in Tainan and Pingtung.

If you would still like to travel to southern Taiwan to help with the ongoing relief efforts, please utilize the following contact information provided below.

Please keep in mind that there are many more people in the south who speak predominately Taiwanese, rather than Chinese. In addition, it is unlikely that many local government officials on the ground will be able to provide foreign volunteers with English-language assistance. Therefore, we highly recommend that potential volunteers possess excellent Taiwanese or Chinese language skills.

Once again, thank you for your outpouring of support. We will continue to post frequent updates on this blog to keep you informed of all major developments.

Warmest regards,

The DPP Department of International Affairs

Local Government Contact Information:

Tainan County

Pingtung County

Chiayi County

Kaohsiung City

Taitung County
陳瑩委員台東設立捐贈中心 招募志工站 專線:089-360612

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