Based in Cupertino, the nonprofit Shin Shin Educational Foundation promotes primary education in impoverished areas of rural China, where schools lack basic resources despite China's booming economy.
A new office in Beijing will facilitate Shin Shin's ongoing effort, as the nonprofit has received permission from China's Ministry of Civil Affairs to set up a branch in the capital of China.
According to Steve Ting, president of Shin Shin, it is extremely difficult for a foreign non-governmental organization to receive such permission in China, where the government keeps tight control over everything.
"Only huge organizations like the Gates Foundation got approved before," Ting said. "This certificate is a strong confirmation to recognize our mission, volunteers’ and supporters' effort, and generous donations from bighearted donors in the last 15 years."
Ting attributed the remarkable approval to assistance from some officials with the Overseas Chinese Affairs of the State Council, China's Ministry of Education, and Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco.
Ting also recognized Shin Shin volunteer Bai Qing, supporter Zhao Yajun, and supporter Zhang Huanrong (general manager of the Beijing Shangzhiyu Culture and Communication Co., Ltd) for their contribution to the success.
"To establish a Representative Office is like starting up a new business which requires much needed resources as well as expertise," Ting said. "There will be challenges and tons of fun! Let’s roll up the sleeves and work together on this Representative Office establishment."
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