Our 2013 Impact Report is now available, and we would like to share it with you as well as this letter from our Executive Director, Lisa TD Nguyen:
Thanks to increased funding by our coporate partner, Normerica, Inc., and its inspirational CEO, Mr. John Kimmel, we doubled service users in our early intervention program in 2013.
A playground was added to our Lotus Kids' Club by the team at Solera, Inc., for the children to further build their motor skills. To prepare for the opening of a second LKC, we underwent monitoring and evaluation of our program model by partner agency This Life Cambodia. 2013 also saw the Senhoa jewelry program continuing to blossom. Senhoa jewelry graced the stages of Freedom and Fashion and Orange County Fashion Week. We ended the year with Senhoa jewelry receiving the prestigious SOURCE Award at the House of Lords in London conferred by the Ethical Fashion Forum, a global award for sustainable and ethical fashion.
At Headquarters, 2013 was also a transformative year. We tightened our reporting and financial policies and procedures. TDL International Law Firm came on board as Senhoa's corporate counsel, and Harper & Harper Tax and Accounting Services was engaged to manage our bookkeeping. With the support of these two valuable partners, our goal at Senhoa Foundation is complete transparency and meticulous management of our supporters' donations.
The hard work of our staff, volunteers and donors was rewarded when the Girl Effect selected Senhoa as one of twelve fantastic girl-centered projects to support. Of the twelve organizations, Senhoa was chosen as one of three to receive the Crystal of Hope award and a share of the €100,000 endowment. This was presented in Vienna, Austria on May 25, 2013 at the Life Ball. The lavish ceremony took place in front of 40,000 people and was broadcasted live on television in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, as well as live-streamed on the Internet. I had the privilege of representing Senhoa Foundation to accept the award, which was presented by Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank and before notable guests such as Bill Clinton, Elton John, Fergie and Aishwarya Rai.
There were some amazing accolades in 2013, and we are humbled by the recognition. However, the challenges have also been the greatest that we have faced so far in the organization. I want to personaly take this opportunity to thank the people who have stood behind this organization and its mission during its highs and especially during its lows. I am grateful and indebted for your friendship and loyalty.
Link to: Senhoa Foundation 2013 Impact Report