15,000 Primary and Secondary Students to Benefit from Clean Drinking Water
Nov 18, 2016
Contact: Nancy Nguyen, Executive Director
LOS ALTOS, Calif.—Chao Foundation is pleased to announce a new grant of $49,131.60 to dloHaiti to support their Clean Water for Schools program. The grant will provide 36% of the budget needed for this program’s academic year (October 2016 – May 2017). Collaboration with other donors such as Unilever, the global consumer product brand, will multiply the grant’s impact. Part of the Chao Foundation grant ($2,339.60) will also support the monitoring and evaluation of the program.
Early Childhood Development Centers Will Support Young Kachin Children in Internally Displaced Peoples Camps
Contact: Nancy Nguyen, Executive Director
LOS ALTOS, Calif.—Chao Foundation is pleased to announce a new grant of $50,000 to Children on the Edge, which will provide safe spaces for 554 young children displaced by conflict inside Kachin State, Burma.
Conflict in Burma
Since June 2011 the Burmese central government has been in open conflict with the Kachin Independence Army, following a failure in peace talks to resolve their longstanding conflict. While this conflict dates back decades, the most intense fighting to date has happened over the past four years, forcing almost 100,000 Kachin people to flee from their homes.
As the central government appears determined to crush this remaining pocket of armed resistance in Burma, their tactics have been increasingly harsh. Children on the Edge has collected first-hand accounts from civilians who have been displaced. They speak of brutal violence, ongoing atrocities, bombings, and severe violation of human rights, including rape, maiming, executions, and the burning of villages.
Many civilians have taken shelter inside poorly supplied internally displaced peoples (IDP) camps. IDP camps continue to grow, and those seeking refuge are increasingly bleak about the prospect of returning home to rebuild their lives.
In the seven northern camps of Kachin State there is no other international organization offering ongoing support of any kind. The majority of these camps are in remote, mountain areas, making access difficult. Confined within these camps are thousands of Kachin children with no educational or physical support, and nowhere to escape the daily realities of war. Children on the Edge is uniquely situated to reach the marginalized and vulnerable children in the remote IDP camps.
Children at 74 Schools Get Convenient Access to Safe Drinking Water
Contact: Nancy Nguyen, Executive Director
LOS ALTOS, Calif.—Chao Foundation is pleased to announce a new grant of $50,000 to 1001Fontaines for their Water in School project, which will directly benefit 24,375 children in Cambodia during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Press Release: Chao Foundation and Transparent Fish Fund Grant $32,075 to Support Underprivileged Mothers and Children in East Asia
Social Worker Support Project and Smart Mom Program Will Help Families in Gansu and Hong Kong
Contact: Nancy Nguyen, Executive Director
LOS ALTOS, Calif.—Chao Foundation and Transparent Fish Fund are pleased to announce a new grant of $35,075 to Changing Young Lives to support left-behind children in Gansu, China and underprivileged mothers in Hong Kong.
Changing Young Lives will use $19,325 of the grant for the Social Worker Support Project, which supports left-behind children in Dahsu, Gansu. They will use $15,750 for the Smart Mom Program, which promotes family cohesiveness for underprivileged mothers and children in Hong Kong.
China Cal’s program to train county doctors to properly examine newborns is progressing as planned. With the help of a grant from The Ping and Amy Chao Foundation of Los Altos, CA, China Cal has added an evaluation component and a University of California, Irvine Program In Public Health PhD graduate student. Ms Fangqi Guo, who will be the principal investigator for an evaluative study of the training program, will work with the China Cal team in Yunnan for several months this year. We are also grateful to the Masimo Corporation for their kind gift of 125 pulse oximeters to be used in each of the rural Yunnan county hospitals for screening newborns for critical congenital heart disease.
The following is a summary of PhD candidate Fangqi Guo’s research plan.
Undiagnosed congenital cardiac shunt lesions with pulmonary hypertension and critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) kill 3 to 4 of every thousand children in developing countries. Most of these heart defects are completely curable if discovered early in life. Yunnan Province is a slowly developing province of China. The estimated number of infants that die from these heart defects is about 400 per year. Pulse oximetry is an effective screening method to detect CCHD in very early stage. We will provide rural Yunnan county hospitals, where most babies are now born, with equipment and training for doctors and nurses responsible for the care of neonates. We will train these doctors regarding proper neonatal cardiac examination. We will evaluate the increased knowledge and change in behaviour of these trainees. Though rural Yunnan is one of the poorest regions of China, both medical insurance options and financial assistance mechanisms are growing and the level of medical care is continuously improving. The conditions for increased awareness and discovery of undiagnosed congenital heart cases are therefore ideal for addressing this problem in Yunnan Province.
Orphan Impact is pleased to be the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Chao Foundation and Transparent Fish Fund. The funds have been granted to support the Orphan Impact computer and internet training program for 288 orphan children, age 8 to 17, in orphanages throughout Vietnam. This is the second consecutive year Orphan Impact has received a grant from the Chao Foundation and Transparent Fish Fund. The generosity of this grant has been instrumental in helping Orphan Impact to strengthen core program areas and expand to reach more children in more orphanages.
About Transparent Fish Fund
Transparent Fish Fund is a 501©(3) US non-profit organization founded in 2011 in Palo Alto, California, established exclusively for charitable purposes to connect credible Chinese and East Asian grassroots NGOs with individuals from the West. The greater mission behind this work is to foster a sustainable long-term NGO culture in East Asia, and in doing so, spread a global spirit of philanthropy.
About Chao Foundation
The Ping and Amy Chao Family Foundation was founded in California’s Silicon Valley in 2005 by Ping Chao and his wife Amy. The foundation was established to fund nonprofit and public welfare initiatives that (1) improve children’s health in developing countries; and (2) nurture a spirit of philanthropy among the younger generation in China and of the greater Chinese Diaspora. While the Chao Foundation is based in the Bay Area and has local projects, many of its programs focus on developing countries in East Asia, from China and Cambodia to Vietnam.
For Immediate Release
Our deepest gratitude to the Ping and Amy Chao Family Foundation and to the Transparent Fish Fund for their support and friendship! In addition to the $10,000 awarded at the beginning of 2014 to build 7 homes and a bridge, Tfish has granted another $10,000 to Sahaya Vietnam to provide 10 additional homes. The grant award will be presented at the Sahaya Vietnam Charity Art Show this Sunday April 27th, 2014 from 2-5pm at the Evergreen Community Center in San Jose Ca. Please come and join us!
In 2014, Sahaya International's Vietnam program has been awarded a total of $20,000 in grant by the Ping and Amy Chao Family Foundation (www.chaofoundation.org) and Transparent Fish Fund (www.tfishfund.org/sahaya.html). The grants will provide much needed financial resource to continue our humanitarian mission of providing shelter to the impoverished families and rebuilding of a damage bridge in Kien Giang, Vietnam. On behalf of the precious children and families in rural Vietnam, we would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to The Ping and Amy Chao Family Foundation and The Transparent Fish Fund for their kindness and generosity. The Chao Foundation $17,000 grant will be used to provide homes for seventeen families and $3,000 to help rebuild a broken and dangerous bridge for a whole village. Seven homes and One bridge have already been completed. In the following months Sahaya and Tfish will continue to provide 10 more homes for 10 precious families. May Sahaya International, The Ping and Amy Chao Family Foundation, and The Transparent Fish Fund continue their humanitarian friendship to help those in need. May all be free from poverty.
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Xinhua News, Lanzhou, March 26 (Reporters: Wenjing Zhang, Gang Guo) In a ward in Lanzhou University First Hospital Cardiac Surgery Department, 8-year-old girl He Hongyan sits on her hospital bed, with a ruddy complexion, admiring the photo taken of her by America’s Little Red Scarf employees. Only a few days ago, her face tinted purple and she could barely move.
He Hongyan is from a rural area near Weiyuan County, Dingxi City in Gansu Province. The day after she was born, she was diagnosed with the worst type of congenital heart disease. He Hongyan’s mother tells us, “Ever since she was little, she severely lacked oxygen, her whole body tinted purple, her fingers were bent, and she could not walk; she could only squat or curl into a ball.”
He Hongyan’s cousin Ma Yanxia says, “The family does not have any money to pay for the surgery, so we could only keep her alive with medication. Her condition worsened during the past few years.” Hongyan’s father died of an illness last year and her 80-year-old grandmother lies in bed, paralyzed, taken care of by Hongyan’s mother, who relies on her 25 Yuan salary from working in the vegetable sheds to keep the entire family afloat.
Over the past few years, the Chinese government has introduced many support policies aimed to help the Chinese people get better medical care. One example is the policy to develop coordinated health care in the countryside. In 2012, Gansu Province Civil Affairs Office also put into effect a severe illness succor project, with congenital heart disease being one of the targeted illnesses. The support patients receive average around 20 thousand Yuan.
Little Red Scarf’s Lanzhou office leader Yuan Yujie says, “The policies are great. We can reimburse some medical costs, although we must first pay 10 thousand Yuan when patients first move in to the hospital. Surgery for congenital heart disease costs around 30 thousand Yuan, with more complicated surgeries costing around 60 to 80 thousand Yuan.”
March 8-9, 2014, Los Altos, CA - Chao Foundation sponsored a charity art show to fundraise for Hongyan's high surgery fees. TFish was able to fundraise enough for Hongyan's surgery through donations and buying of paintings. He Yuanming has been an artist for over 35 years. His works were collected and exhibited numerous times around the world in countries such as China, the US, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton Hotel has collected He Laoshi’s three works titled “Galloping,” “Morning Breeze,” and “Eight Horses.” The works of art have been enlarged to become a mural on the ceiling of the lobby and were named “Horse Galloping Across the Sky.”
Aside from being an exceptional artist, He Yuanming is also a very caring person, especially for the poor families in rural China. He Laoshi’s exhibit in the Bay area coincidentally occurs around the same time as our foundation’s Little Red Scarf project approaches its milestone of helping our 1000th child receive heart surgery in rural Gansu province, which was a goal we had set six years ago. After He Laoshi heard about this, he immediately decided to donate eight of his paintings to help these children. On behalf of these children and our foundation, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for his kindness. We also thank our volunteers and donors who generously gave their time and resources to make this art show a success.
We would like to acknowledge our Volunteers for all their help:
Jack & Ying Ying Wang
Jei Shuan Chen & Su Chen Wu
EV Interns (Allison Zhang, Allison Sun, Katie Lan, Ricky Shin, and Kaitlyn Cheung)
Henry & Lisa Chang
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3/17/14 - Thank you for helping us reach our goal of treating 1000 children that we had set six years ago. We saw clearly in the past two weeks one miracle after another because of your commitment to love, care, and pray for Hongyan.
We would like to share the final miracle which happened today: Hongyan was able to walk for the first time in her life. We were able to follow her journey from a seven year old girl who could not walk and had to be carried her entire life to a joyful, rosy, and healthy girl taking her first steps. Now she is on her way to a new heart and a new life! Let's celebrate with her family!
Thank You from Hongyan's Mother: "We never imagined that there would be a day to see Hongyan's face no longer blue and for such a huge transformation and new life. Thank you the Little Red Scarf, our donors, and supporters who prayed for us daily. You are all Hongyan's heroes. If it weren't for the Little Red Scarf, Hongyan would still be carried by her grandmother right now." Click here for Hongyan's List of Donors.
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