2013 was arguably the best year in the history of the Han-Schneider International Childrenâ€™s Foundation. The year started out with a bang when Congress passed the North Korean Child Welfare Act. It was then signed in to law by President Obama on January 14, 2013. The bill, which was a priority for HSICF for the past five years, will help North Korean children refugees hiding in third countries by reuniting them with their families, as well as facilitating adoption by American families. It was a monumental milestone for the voiceless orphans of North Korea.
The beginning of 2013 also saw the foundationâ€™s inaugural pledge mailer in which we announced our "Topple Hunger 2013" initiative and goal of serving at least 1 million meals to the children in Cambodia, North Korea and Tanzania. Thanks to your support, the hard work of various partners and our staff, we are proud to announce that not only did we meet our goal but surpassed it by serving 1,152,000 meals!
In March, the HSICF took a group of friends, supporters and staff to visit our children at the Meserani Mission Center in Tanzania
. During our visit, we toured the compound which consists of a chapel, a medical facility and a preschool with 75 students. The purpose of the trip was to initiate a school meal program and distribute much-needed clothing to the students and their families. Our group hand carried hundreds of childrenâ€™s clothing items, as well as various educational materials, sporting equipment, vitamins and basic medical supplies. We also coordinated a food program that provided roughly 20,000 meals by distributing more than 400 bags of corn flour. The trip was a success and the foundation plans to conduct an annual humanitarian trip. On March 7-16, 2014, HSICF will head to Cambodia
to visit the two schools we are currently supporting and to build a new preschool for the children of Baolong Village. If you are interested in joining us and would like to receive more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
On July 12, HSICF partnered with the Los Angeles Korean-American Musiciansâ€™ Association (LAKMA) to host â€œHarmony of Compassion,â€ a peace concert for the orphans of North Korea held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. All proceeds from the concert benefited the foundation, going towards our ongoing food shipments to orphans in North Korea, Cambodia and Tanzania. The music program celebrated the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi and featured one of his most famous works, â€œRequiem.â€ Accompanied by the L.A. Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by famed Maestro Im Sang Yoon, the concert featured four world-famous singers: Yeongmi Kim, Cynthia Jansen, Robert MacNeil and Young Bok Kim. The event drew a packed house and the foundation received a $20,000 donation from LAKMA.
The foundation held its 5th Annual Benefit Dinner & Silent Auction on October 18. It was the most successful event ever held by the foundation. More than 300 guests attended, including fitness guru and pop culture icon Richard Simmons who donated $10,000. The evening featured a heartfelt presentation by the Tanzania mission team and a silent auction with over 90 items. In total, the foundation was able to raise more than $50,000 for our programs in North Korea, Tanzania and Cambodia.
In November, a group of 15 brave and fit supporters and staff, including Exec. Director Arthur Han, Director of Operations Zachary Lopez, Communications Manager Tran Ngo and Board of Directors Brian Kim and Vince Lopez, ran the challenging Tough Mudder race in Temecula, CA. Each member helped fund raise to support our Topple Hunger 2013 campaign. The event was fun, exciting and motivational as we ran for all the voiceless children around the world.
By the end of 2013, the foundation had sent out three food shipments to our children in North Korea, including the biggest shipment of nearly 672,000 meals that resulted from our partnership with the Rotary Club Shanghai. The foundation also supported two schools in Cambodia and initiated two new food programs in Tanzania. With your unwavering support, the HSICF was able to expand all of its programs and achieve our goals for the year. All of our children are healthy, active, and blessed due to your generosity and belief in our cause.
We cannot thank you enough for all your continued compassion and love. Together with your dedication, we look forward to having an amazing 2014!