2018 SIWA Gala took place on Saturday April 7 at the
Conrad Seoul, where SIWA members enjoyed an evening
of exotic cocktails, sumptuous food, dazzling entertainment,
raffle prizes, dancing and more at the Carnaval Do Brasil
themed Gala including Diplomatic Corps. such as Brazil
Amb. Luis Fernando de Andrase Serra & Mme., Azerbaijan
Amb. Ramzi Teymurov & Mme. and last but not least
Romania Amb. Mihai Ciompec & Mme.
The SIWA Annual Charity Gala is the second largest
fundraising event after the SIWA & Diplomatic Community
Bazaar. Net proceeds from the evening will be donated
to support local charities in Korea, according to SIWA
chairwoman Anne Choe.
Local charities in Korea SIWA will donate are as follows:
Asia Community School
Asia Community School, established in 2006, is educating 1st-12th grade students. Seventy-three out of 92 students are
from multicultural families.
The school provides an environment conducive to learning
not only about assimilating to Korea but also maintaining
individual ethnic identity. The School was one of the grant
recipient finalist for SIWA Philanthropy Project.
Soyang Rainbow Children’s Home
Soyang Children’s Home, founded in 1922, is a loving place
for 49 children.
The Home is now operated by the grandson of the founder
after the passing of the second generation Executive Director.
Music and sports are strong components of their care and
delivers results in the students’ pursuit of excellence with a
majority of them going onto higher education. Emphasis
in also placed on preparing them to transition smoothly to
Seongnam Shelter for Adolescents
Each year more than 200 youth pass through the programs
offered at Seongnam Shelter for Adolescents. It provides
much needed guidance and services to young men ages 15-22, who have been either abandoned by their family and/or
the State. The Shelter operates in four houses. At the Red
House, initial intake interview, therapy and counselling services
are conducted. All effort is made to reunite the young men
with their family. When that is not an option, older ones
are welcomed into the Yellow House and the younger ones
into the Brick House. The young men are then either guided
toward completing their studies to receive a diploma or
placed in work/vocational training; these young men live in
the Green House. The Shelter is a place of great hope and dignity.