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Projects 2011

SimplyHelp to Participate in Children's Day Event This Saturday, 4/30

This Saturday, April 28, SimplyHelp Foundation and the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles will collaborate with Nueva Maravilla to celebrate the 15th anniversary of “Día del Niño,” or Children’s Day. The goal of “Día” is to celebrate and encourage children’s literacy and love of reading, and to emphasize the importance of education. SimplyHelp will be distributing books, toys, clothes, and nutritious items to the 355 low-income families of Nueva Maravilla.

But we need your help! We need volunteers to come out to the event at 4909 E. Cesar Chavez, Los Angeles from 9 a.m — 12 p.m. to assist in passing out the donated goods to the needy families. Email Devon at devon@simplyhelp.org or call (213) 221-7676 to sign up.

Thanks! We hope to see you there!

SimplyHelp in the Press: El Salvador Trip Report

The SimplyHelp Foundation sent five representatives to El Salvador last week to oversee distribution of needed items to impoverished communities, visit the foundation’s senior centers for the homeless elderly, and vocational training schools for single mothers.

On the first day of the trip, SimplyHelp visited its senior center in Cojutepeque, which was opened in January of 2010. The center houses 30 residents who are cared for by dedicated volunteers and staff members, who assist in feeding, bathing, and providing love and support to seniors who have nowhere else to go, and no one else to care for them . Many of the seniors who live at the Cojutepeque center were abandoned by their family members, and have no financial means to care for themselves. At the center, the residents are able to shower daily, receive 3 nutritious meals a day, have access to health care, enjoy entertaining activities, and are provided a funeral service and burial when they pass away. The center’s manager Armando Martinez said that his job is motivated by the love he has for the residents. “Sometimes we shed tears for them because some of them feel lonely because their family has abandoned them,” Martinez said. “They express their love to us and that’s incomparable to anything else.”

SimplyHelp intern Jenny Wang was especially moved by the stories she heard from the residents. She spoke to one woman who has been experiencing leg pain for years, and has not been able to find appropriate treatment. “The medical system isn’t up to par,” Wang said. “They’ve taken her to the hospital but there’s nothing they can do about it. All they can do is rub ointment on her legs to relieve pain.” At the end of the visit, after observing the dilapidated state of the center’s mattresses, Wang was inspired to donate money to purchase new, more supportive mattresses.

SimplyHelp founder and president Tina Bow is motivated to work with seniors because of the nature of the relationship she had with her own elderly parents.

 “I do this because I didn’t have enough time with my own parents to take care of them when they needed me,” Bow said. “When I take care of other peoples’ parents, I feel like I’m doing something for my own, and getting closer with my own parents.”

The second day of the trip was spent visiting vocational training schools and distributing bags of donations  in the village of La Libertad. 200 impoverished families, selected by the mayor, received one bag of clothes and one bag of food items. Bow spoke to the families about the vocational training schools located in the village –there are schools that teach skills in beauty, cooking, baking, and restaurant/ hospitality industries. The school focuses on serving single mothers and offers free daycare while mothers are attending classes. The daycare serves children as young as 5- months and as old as 9- years. There are about 18-20 children in each morning and afternoon session.

“I told the families that received our donations that they should come to our schools so they can get out of poverty,” Bow said. “You won’t have to worry about feeding your children anymore. You can learn a skill, and own your life.”

SimplyHelp also toured the additional two senior centers and the SimplyHelp computer training school, and visited the poor neighborhoods that surround the centers. Bow was struck by the impoverished living conditions these people live in, who use bamboo and plastic for their shelters because they do not have money for concrete or more stable materials to build their homes.  “It’s muddy and rainy season is  going to be hard,” Bow said. “Every time I come back I realize how fortunate I am.”  

The trip to El Salvador proved to be a great success to the lives touched, and was also a valuable learning experience to those who saw firsthand how people in an impoverished countries lived. “We shouldn’t take what we have for granted,” Wang said. “These people just need food and shelter, and they don’t even have that.  If we have the ability to help, then we should. Whatever we’re giving will have a greater impact on their lives.”

2011-04-15 國際日報

2011-04-15 Article at

SimplyHelp in the Press: United Nations CSW Press Conference

Last month, SimplyHelp held a press conference in which United Nations Youth Ambassadors Lily Pan, Tony An, and Jenny Wang shared their experiences as delegates at the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. They spoke about the people they met, and discussed the varying experiences of women all over the world, and ways to address issues like inequalities in politics and economics, abuse, and education. The delegates also learned about formal United Nations procedures and networked with other members of nonprofit organizations.

To learn more about our United Nations Youth Ambassador program, visit our website here. 

2011-02-20-Valentine's Day Donation Event

Last month, Simply Help held a donation packing event in which dozens of volunteers turned out to pack boxes that were sent to El Salvador. These donated goods will benefit homeless seniors and single mothers in various regions. Thanks to all our volunteers --you helped make a difference in the lives of those in need!

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SimplyHelp Youth Ambassador Emily Li's Thoughts on her U.N. Experience

SimplyHelp’s U.N. Youth Ambassador Emily Li attended the Commission on the Status of Women conference at the United Nations last month. Emily met many women from around the world, and heard their stories about oppression and the tragedies of sex trafficking. Below is what Emily wrote about her experiences and what she learned from the women she spoke to.

 Sharing thoughts from SimplyHelp Youth Ambassador Emily Li

Attending the Commission on the Status of Women conference at the United Nations was a great experience for me, and I learned so much. There are so many women in the world that are abused who live in fear every day. In many places, girls can’t go to school because they need to work around the house. The media also shapes the way boys and girls view each other. Girls as young as five are sold away to men in other countries. The world we live in is corrupted but we can, and should, do something about it.

Human trafficking is driven by demand. It wouldn’t be happening if people didn’t want it. The sad thing is that children in the places with human trafficking are led to believe it is somehow their fault. One story I heard about human trafficking shocked me very much. A girl named Rose lives in a place where everyone participates in human trafficking. Her mother worked and supported the family, while her dad gambled. To afford food and shelter after her mother died, her father forced her to become a prostitute for his gambling friends, and in return, they gave him money. One day Rose became pregnant. She didn’t know who the father was, yet her dad still made her work as a prostitute. She had to keep the pregnancy a secret because if people found out, she would be kicked out of school and her community would see her as an offender. Soon after Rose gave birth, she had to give her baby to her grandmother because her new husband didn’t want it. Her husband’s family constantly harassed her about her former job as a prostitute, and they made her get another job to feed herself. An organization conducted an interview of over 8000 men and asked if they have ever paid for sex and wondered if the person was under 18. About 10-40% of the men who paid for sex believed the sex workers to be underage. Many men all over the world treat girls as objects.

Girls in some countries are raped everyday and are married off to men three times their age. They can’t tell the police because sometimes the police are the ones doing the harassing. A girl named Lisa’s father beat her on a daily basis. One of her father’s friends sweet-talked her into getting in bed with him. She soon realized she did not want to have sex with him anymore, and told him. He told her if she stopped, he would tell her father she seduced him and her father would beat her. One day she found out she got STDs from him, and when she told him, he laughed because he knew. Here’s another story: one night, a girl was walking home and a man told her he would give her a ride because the streets were dangerous. She got in and soon realized they weren’t going in the direction of her house. She tried to leave, and he stabbed her. It took several knocks on numerous doors before someone finally let her in, and gave her help. In another story, a girl who was learning to become a doctor in the Philippines was shipped off to be a prostitute in Hong Kong, because more money can be made as a sex worker there than practicing medicine in the Philippines. Many young girls are told they aren’t good for anything besides lying on their backs and spreading their legs. Girls are told it’s their fault if they get raped.

Many girls do not go to school because they are harassed, and need to take care of the house. In one country, a girl was raped during school, while a group of boys filmed it with their phones. None of the staff members did anything about it. She soon stopped going to school because it happened almost every day. Many girls are not allowed to go to school because they need to take care of the house while their brothers go to school. Women are typically not risk takers to the extent that men are. Men like to get to where they want to be, and then learn the job. Women like to learn and make sure they know exactly what they’re doing before they try. Girls speak up less than boys in school, and will most likely let a male student interrupt. Many women wait too long to speak up.

In the United States, we are very fortunate, and take everything for granted. We wake up in the morning and we’re not thankful for the bed we slept in or the roof over our heads. We walk to school in the morning, not knowing how many girls cannot do that because boys will rape them on the way there. Many kids hate school, and don’t appreciate the fact that it’s there for us. In many countries there aren’t good schools, and where there is a school, it is of very bad quality. We are so lucky to have three meals a day because in many places, they are lucky to receive one meal a day. We take for granted that our parents pay for school and clothing because in other countries if you want those things, you need to go sell your own body. My experiences at the United Nations taught me so much, and I thank SimplyHelp for giving me this opportunity to learn about what goes on in the world. SimplyHelp does so many wonderful things like providing shelter for older people, and schools for women and girls.

2011-02-10 SimplyHelp Featured in World Journal

Last month, SimplyHelp’s New York branch was featured in the World Journal for a recent fundraising event. Volunteers cooked various Chinese food dishes to celebrate the New Year, and raised money for a project that will buy computer equipment for one of our vocational training schools in El Salvador. Donors also contributed items for distribution such as purses, jewlery, and toys. The event raised over $4,000.00.

SimplyHelp was also featured in the World Journal in December  for collaborating with the Foothill Unity Center.