The organizers of the first museum dedicated to Taiwanese "comfort women" said Monday that they are still soliciting donations from the public, as they are NT$10 million (US$314,505) short of the needed funds.
The Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation, the driving force behind the museum, said that when the facility opens Dec. 10, it will be a new milestone in the human rights movement for Taiwan's comfort women, but the money needed to run it will be a heavy burden.
Since the museum started to solicit public donations early this year, it has collected NT$9.72 million, which includes subsidies from the Ministry of Culture, as well as donations from home and overseas.
But as the software and hardware for the museum, as well as the operating expenses for the first year, will require about NT$20 million, it is facing a shortage of half the needed funds.
To ensure the smooth running of the museum, the foundation said it has set up a fund-raising website, which went online Monday.
The website will allow the public to learn about the origin of the "Ama's Home," the reason for its establishment, the planning of the space and a brief introduction to the life stories of some of the comfort women, as well as activities related to the museum.
"Ama" is the word for "grandmother" in Taiwanese. The foundation calls the former comfort women "Ama" because most of the ones still alive are already in their late 80s or early 90s.
The website offers various options for donations, including a one-time donation, a fixed amount for a fixed period, or the purchase of charity items.
More than 2,000 Taiwanese women were forced by the Japanese Imperial Army to work as "comfort women" in military brothels during World War II.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel