ASEH recognizes the importance of co-existence and mutual prosperity with local communities, and is committed to community engagement programs with a particular focus on community growth, charitable care, and emergency relief. We have established robust communication platforms to ensure uninterrupted communication with the local communities in which each of our global sites is located with the goal of promoting a welcoming, sustainable society where everyone works together to serve the common good.
In addition to continuously creating economic value, we also hope to exert and amplify positive impacts on society by committing to long-term projects that promote community welfare and working in tandem with the ASE Charitable Foundation, ASE Cultural and Educational Foundation, and the Chang Yao Hong-Ying Social Welfare and Charity Foundation. In 2021, we contributed over US$3.4 million for community engagement activities. We provided afterschool care for 254 students and financial assistance to 8,963 students from disadvantaged families, and made donations to 42 charities.
Afterschool Care for Students from Disadvantaged Households in Nantou
ASEH, the ASE Charitable Foundation, and the Chang Yao Hong-Ying Social Welfare and Charity Foundation each view care for the well-being of disadvantaged students in rural areas as an important part of their mission. In 2018, we began supporting an afterschool care program for students from disadvantaged households. The program was organized by the Nantou County Family Care Association and the Taiwan Holistic Education Association (THEA) to provide after-school tutorial classes for indigenous students and elementary/junior high school students from disadvantaged households. It focuses on character education and academic counseling, and provides meals and accommodations for students who live in remote areas so that they may learn with peace of mind. The program has been ongoing for four years, in that time assisting nearly 350 teenagers and other students from disadvantaged households in rural areas. By providing professional guidance and companionship, we hope to supplement family functions, ingrain correct values in the students, improve their performance at school, and protect them against environmental adversity, thus bringing them more opportunities and hope for their future.
SPIL’s 100 Dollar Family Care Club
Upon witnessing the tragic losses endured by families in the aftermath of the 1999 Jiji earthquake, our subsidiary SPIL called on its employees to establish the “100 Dollar Family Care Club.,” whose goal is to collect individual monthly donations of at least NT$100, which are then pooled to create a charity fund. The fund is used to support the living expenses of disadvantaged households and individuals and alleviate their financial burden, so that children from disadvantaged households can live a stable life and attend school without worry. These children are also encouraged to engage in active learning, maintain positive friendships, respect their elders, and lend a helping hand to others, among other positive attitudes and values. As of 2021, more than US$2.8 million has been donated to lend support to over 87,000 disadvantaged households and children.
Poverty Alleviation through Technology-Driven Education
The United Nations believes that increased digital literacy is necessary to alleviate social exclusion in the digital era. Recognizing the technology gap in rural areas, our subsidiary USI launched a new program called Technological Support for Education in Rural Areas. In 2018, we built computer classrooms in five schools, three in Gansu and two in Qinghai, and donated 150 computers to improve the learning environment, enrich educational resources, and help students in rural areas access better educational opportunities. Our program benefited 961 students in 2021 and 1,614 students in total over the years. In 2021, USI continued to keep abreast of how the teachers and students are using the computers in class. To that end, we specifically established a team of professional social workers, IT specialists, project executives, and local workers in charge of poverty alleviation to visit these schools and ensure that everything is in working order. Based on these visits, in 2022, we will ramp up our efforts to launch projects that support the technological empowerment of teachers in rural areas so that school teachers are able to effectively teach computer courses and in turn maximize the benefits of our projects.