[2013-07-25] 2013 Summer China Trip by President Steve TingAfter 12 days of fast-paced trip in China, I had returned to the Bay Area last Friday evening. Although a little tired, I am glad that we have reached most of the main goals expected for the trip. Thanks to Betty Yuan for contacting Chinese Consulate General of San Francisco, and Dachang Zhang, Qing Bai, and Wei Bi (Office Manager of Shin Shin's China Representative Office) for their active preparatory work, so that this trip could be completed successfully. Also, I would like to thank Ben Liao and Cecelia Babkirk for paying the special visit to China for further understanding the ECTT (English and Computer Teachers Training) program.
[2013-07-12] Mid-year Project Update by President Steve TingDear Shin Shin volunteers and supporters,
The first half of 2013 has been an incredibly exciting time for Shin Shin. In March, the Foundation received a formal approval from the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs to establish a Representative Office in Beijing. Shin Shin is one of less than 20 foreign NGOs around the world receiving such an approval from Chinese central government! The approval is not only a recognition and confirmation for our years’ outstanding and sustainable contribution, but also allows Shin Shin with local presence and resources to further expand our continued effort to help those less fortunate and disadvantaged children in rural China. This significant milestone can only be achieved because of the unselfish and generous support by volunteers, donors, and supporters. We are embarking on a new chapter in the history of Shin Shin Educational Foundation!
[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.