(From the left) The CEO of Asia Child Support along with Minister Baklai Temengi and senior citizens of Palau. (Eshan Kalyanikar)
Asia Child Support (ACS) which is a nonprofit organization based in Japan donated 30 commodes, canes, wheelchairs and walkers for the senior citizens of Palau on Tuesday at Palau Old Age Center.
ACS is an organization of 5000 people and the money for the equipment donated was raised by the members who according to CEO RieIkema have great admiration for Palau.
Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs Baklai Temengil who was also present at the event said, “The Asia Child Support promotes and sustains relationship that Palau and Japan has. This is especially through our senior citizens.”
Temengil added that the ACS has done charity work in Palau previously as well. According to Temengil, the organization donated radios and wheelchairs in the past and it is now their fourth time working towards the needs of senior citizens in Palau.
Tetsuro Ikema who works as a represent director with ACS said, “We support Palau because Palauan people have supported Japanese people during the World War 2, that’s the reason why we now help Palauan people as appreciation.”
She further said, “We will continue this work in future to support and maintain a good relationship between Palau and Japan.”
ACS not only provides financial help to senior Palauans but does charity work in total of 10 different countries. The other 9 countries are India, Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan and Japan.
Tetsuro Ikema adds that the charity work in other countries is done for the same reason as Palau which is appreciation for the help Japan received during the WW2. (Eshan Kalyanikar)