On June 16, the Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation hosted the 4th Annual Sam Han Classic charity golf tournament. This year’s tournament had a change in scenery and was held at Brookside Golf Course. The switch of venues paid off with this year’s tournament drawing a record number of participants – 95 golfers of varying skill levels.  The 4th Annual Sam Han Classic kicked off at 1pm to allow our supporters to get a work day in.  We also switched from a post-tournament reception to a pre-tournament barbecue, which was met with great enthusiasm.

Each golfer received a goodie bag filled with a HSICF branded golf towel, coozie, balls and tees.  They were also automatically entered into the three in-tournament contests consisting of a long drive competition, closest to the pin and the featured $10,000 cash hole-in-one sponsored by the Riboli Family Wines of San Antonio Winery.  This year, the Sam Han Classic introduced a bull’s eye contest where players could wager $5 to win 1, 2, or 3 raffle tickets depending on where their ball landed in the bull’s eye.

Even in the midst of a heat wave, the Arroyo Seco, where Brookside is nestled, provided our golfers a nice, cooling breeze. The tournament also provided all participants with unlimited refreshments throughout the course donated by Classic Distribution and Tsingtao Beer.
When the scorecards were added up the team of: Jordan Lopez, Evan Richardson, Reed Henderson and Manny Olaiz took the much coveted championship bobblehead trophies along with a several other prizes with a team score of 54 (-16).

Raising nearly $20,000, our ongoing programs under Operation B.O.O.K., will continue to flourish by further developing our educational and nourishment programs for children across the globe. The 7,500 children and orphans we serve will receive daily education along meals to keep them active and provide a healthy lifestyle.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and participants who made the 4th Annual Sam Han Classic the biggest and most successful tournament to date. Our children are truly fortunate to have a family like you!

On November 19, the Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation and WorldArts Gives collaborated to host the “Love, Hope & Harmony” concert to benefit the children served by our organization. The event was held at the WorldArts Studio in Culver City.  The event was emceed by comedian Blake Wexler and was attended by over 175 guests who enjoyed the live music, catered food, drinks and the silent auction featuring more than 50 items ranging from vacations travel packages to sporting events.

Avonlea, an up-and-coming 16-year-old singer/songwriter 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.

When the music stopped, it was evident that not only did all the attendees have an amazing time, but the event was a
success. Through ticket sales, raffle tickets, donations, silent auction and the text-to-give campaign, the event raised over $15,000 that will help the organization run its programs in 2017.

We want to thank WorldArts Studios for hosting the event, Avonlea, Trenyce, Reverse Order and Candice Pillay for performing, all the sponsors and donors for making the night possible and all those who attended the event. We are forever grateful for all the compassion and support needed to make “Love, Hope & Harmony” possible.

The plight of marginalized children is, sadly, one of the world’s most overlooked situations. While large-scale aid and development projects pour millions of dollars into developing countries, at the community level where those dollars seldom reach, children and young people often cope with challenges that define the nature of their existence. Malnutrition, disease, and the lack of access to education rob young people of the basic, precious element of hope. Often, in desperation to find an escape from this vacuum, where hope and aspiration no longer exist, young people place themselves in vulnerable or exploitive circumstances.

The issues of hazardous child labor, commercial sexual exploitation, and bonded servitude reside hand-in-hand with the poverty that permeates the lives of children at the edges of their societies.

The numbers of young people living in desperate poverty and social isolation are impossible to count with any precision. Quite simply, we do not know for certain how many children live in dire poverty. Census takers generally do not reach distant squatter communities or penetrate into the slums of the inner cities. However, we do know through the efforts of the World Food Programme, UNICEF, and The World Health Organization, as well as several other non-governmental organizations, that the number of children struggling to exist on less than $1 a day reaches into the millions. UNICEF has estimated that, of the 2.2 billion people in the world below the age of 21, approximately 1 billion – nearly half – can be classified as living in extreme poverty. No country, no region, has a monopoly on these conditions. According to UNICEF, 30,000 children around the globe die each day due to conditions associated with poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.”

We believe that even one child devoid of hope, of aspiration, of the dreams and wonderment that should define childhood is one too many. These voiceless, often forgotten children are the targets of the Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation.

The Foundation’s projects involve the provision of basic services to young people who have no other avenue of subsistence. We commit ourselves to providing, first, a place where abandoned, orphaned or abused children might live together comfortably, safely, and securely, knowing that they are loved and cherished for who they are. Once these children are safely housed, they can begin to recreate for themselves their sense of a future, with promise and dreams. The Foundation encourages each childcare center to provide basic services, as well as educate, socialize and offer vocational training. We encourage, too, the teaching of what some communities term “right living” – the notion that each of us belong to one another and that we must act in accordance with the principles that instill health, safety, good hygiene and respect for ourselves and the world around us.  The Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation, at its inception, is targeting some of the most impoverished nations such as Cambodia, Tanzania, and North Korea, but we are global in scope. We anticipate that our work – the sponsoring and maintenance of centers that provide marginalized children the opportunity for safety, good health, affection, and most significantly, the precious commodity of hope – will expand to various other countries as we move forward.