As an alternative to simply throwing money at potential allies, Taiwan could make a lasting impact by using softer methods to assist other countries and forge lasting ties. The use of NGOs may be one way Taiwan can promote itself around the world without getting caught in Chiang Kai-sheck's Cold War battle for China.
The One Village Foundation (OVF) has recently received its first shipment of 102 bicycles as part of the Taiwan Bike Bike Ghana (TBBG) project.
Giant Bikes Taiwan, in cooperation with National Tsing-hua University (NTHU) have been gathering used bicycles and equipment to better promote "Economy, Ecology, and Education".
From the OVF Website:
The TBBG project is designed and will be executed under the Health, Ecology, and Economy pillars of the OVI, to achieve amongst others, the following:
- Encourage a culture of biking in Ghana as a means of healthy living in OVF’s operational areas (Winneba, Cape Coast and Jukwa);
- Set up a bike rental station in Cape Coast to be managed by the Unity Drum [for clarification purposes: is it UnityDrum or Unity Drum?] Cultural Group (OVF Social enterprise Incubation Program), to create employment for some unemployed members and create a income stream to fund the group’s operations;
- Reduce manual labour by beneficiaries, such as farmers and cultural group, by fixing a Extracycle [is this a trailer? please explain what Extracycle is] on the bikes for these groups. The Extra cycle can extend the capacity of load haulage to 150 kilograms;
- Reduce Carbon dioxide emissions and help beneficiaries to make savings on transportation.
The goal of this initial effort is to build long term partnerships and foster positive relations between Taiwan and other countries. Perhaps this program can be emulated elsewhere without having to become the world's John paying for misguided love.