[2013-04-29] Shin Shin School Affected Slightly by the EarthquakeOn April 20, a major earthquake shook the core of the Lushan county in Ya'an, Sichuan Province in China. According to Sichuan Online, by April 25th noon, a total of 3566 aftershocks have occurred. In Ya'an, 176 people died, 19 people are missing, 1520 thousands people were affected, of which more than 12 thousands people were injured, and the direct economic losses amounting to tens of billions.
Shin Shin Educational Foundation helped constructed totally 31 schools in Sichuan and 5 schools in Chongqing. The closest Shin Shin school to the earthquake's epicenter Ya'an is an elementary school located in a town called Muping in Baoxing County.
[2013-03-19] Shin Shin Received Official Approval to Establish a Representative Office in ChinaOn March 10th, Steve Ting, the President of Shin Shin Educational Foundation (SSEF/Shin Shin) was interviewed by Qingwei Wang, a journalist at World Journal to share the exciting news that China's Ministry of Civil Affairs has formally approved Shin Shin's application to establish a representative office in Beijing. The representative office will be directly supervised by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China. The office will enable the foundation to continue its work in promoting education in remote, poverty-stricken areas in China. Many thanks to all the SSEF founding members and volunteers for their time and effort in making this possible.
It is with great honor that SSEF obtains the approval, as it is an extremely difficult task to set up a representative office in China. Only a handful of such applications have ever been approved. This approval is an official recognition of Shin Shin's mission and operations in China, as well as countless volunteers' contributions. It is the result of Shin Shin's long-term efforts in the past fifteen years helping the remote areas of China.
[2013-02-15] New Year WishesThe Lunar New Year bell has rung on the vast land of China at middle night of Feb 9th. Far away across the Pacific Ocean on the same day, Shin Shin volunteers were attending a monthly meeting to update program progress and discuss project plans for the new year, while our hearts going out to those children in mountainous areas. Did they have a good New Year celebration? Have their mom and dad got back home yet? What are their New Year wishes?
A news article titled “A 50 cents New Year Wish” from China shocked Shin Shin volunteers. It was about a little girl in a village of Jiangxi Province. Both of her parents went to be labors in the city, and only her 80 year old grandpa was home. Their poverty made them even reluctant to buy pencils, so she could only use cheap ball pen refills to write. Her New Year wish is to have a pencil and a notebook.