2016 was another blessed year for the HSICF and our kids
Another successful year in the books for the Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation. This year saw the continuation of the work we have been building upon since our inception, with new aspects to existing programs, expansion into a fourth country – and increasing the number of children we serve.
In January, we implemented a new aspect to our Tanzania program to reward the students for their attendance and class performance. The new "Students of the Month" program honors two students from the Meserani Preschool chosen by their teachers. They are given notebooks, colored pencils and other “luxury” items in the hopes that it will instill a sense of self-worth and inspire others in their classes to achieve greater. Since the program was put into action, we have had 20 notable students. We will continue this program next year and hopefully implement it at our other schools.
In March, HSICF cemented its partnership with Genesis International Orphanage Foundation, a non-profit organization that has been serving Baja California, Mexico for over 20 years. By doing so, our organization expanded our programs into Mexico and began serving children of migrant workers, other underserved children and several handicapped orphans. In total, the HSICF is working with 44 different ministries throughout the region and serving nearly 4,300 children. The expansion was something our organization has been working towards for some time now and we are humbled to be working with an organization with the history and the track-record of success that Genesis has.
In May, we shipped our first shipment to Mexico that came in the form of 20,000 lbs of Manna Pack Rice. The task was not easy but our team and partners pulled together to accomplish this monumental endeavor. During the same month, we also took a weekend trip to the Ensenada region in Mexico to meet the children who are benefiting from our newest program. While there, each individual was paired with two “niños” to bond with through various sports activities, arts and crafts, a field trip to the zoo and Sunday service. While it was shorter than our usual 10-day mission trips abroad, the impact was felt by our team. Team member Jacqueline Tse summed it up well, “I really enjoyed this whole experience...as much as we are changing their lives, these children have changed and brightened my life so much more.” The trip was undeniably a success. The group engaged and bonded with the children -- everyone involved made memories that will last a lifetime.
On July 1, we hosted the 3rd Annual Sam Han Classic at the Montebello Country Club. Despite being held in July, the heat broke for the day as the players enjoyed an unusually mild July afternoon. All players were automatically entered into three in-game contests with the biggest prize being $10,000 cash for a hole-in-one. Although no one was able to get the elusive ace, everyone enjoyed themselves out on the greens. The event was wrapped up with a BBQ reception and an update on programs from Executive Director Arthur Han and Director of Operations Zachary Lopez. In total, the event raised $10,000 for our global programs.
In October, we sent another shipment of food down to Mexico for our newest program. Having already sent a shipment earlier in the year, the process of clearing customs was a little easier this time but did not lack its challenges. Once in Mexico, the distribution was also more streamlined to make it easier for all of the 44 ministries to receive the meals they needed for the remainder of the year. In total, the Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation served more than 418,000 meals in 2016.
On November 19, HSICF teamed with WorldArts Gives to host “Love, Hope & Harmony” ‒ a charity concert to benefit the children we serve. The event was held at WorldArts Studio in Culver City. Those in attendance were delighted by the live music, catered food, open bar and silent auction. Musical talent included Avonlea, an up-and-coming 16-year-old singer/songwriter who kicked off the concert and wowed the crowd with her original songs. She was joined by special guest, Trenyce, who put on a dazzling performance covering songs by some of the most iconic artists of our time including an impressive rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” After a brief break, Reverse Order of America’s Got Talent fame took the stage to rock out. The musical performance aspect of the event was wrapped up by Interscope recording artist and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Candice Pillay whose unique sound and passion for the children not only entertained the crowd, but rallied them to help the foundation raise over $3,000 via a text-to-donate campaign. Overall, the event raised approximately $15,000 to help the organization run its programs in 2017.
2016 was a great year for the foundation and it was not possible without your love, compassion and generosity. On behalf of our children and our partners, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Please remember the HSICF as you are preparing your end of the year giving. Thank you for your support and have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.