By Anne Choe, SIWA President

Seoul International Women’s Association experienced a stellar year of friendship, enrichment and charity during 2016-2017 fiscal year. Since its inception in 1962, SIWA continues with the time-honored tradition of giving back to Korea. SIWA members helped raise over KRW80 million benefitting 14 various charitable organizations that support orphans, the disabled, and many other disenfranchised members of Korean society.

Furthermore, we selected “Multicultural Students’ Education in Korea” as the social issue to be addressed by the new Philanthropy Project as a part of SIWA’s new strategy for future funding practice. Welfare Committee members have interviewed six schools that made the short list, and in the fall, one exceptional multicultural school will be recognized to receive the special funding.

I am proud to share that SIWA now has a digital archive using issuu.com where our visitors can view old documents such as the typewriter-written newsletters, to a photo of Mother Teresa’s visit in 1985. This digital library speaks volumes about SIWA’s rich history and legacy.

SIWA leaders also collaborated with a developer and in April 2017, launched our brand-new web site that is user-friendly and mobile device-friendly, making it easier for all visitors to navigate our pages, www.siwakorea.com. Our team effort is genuinely reflective of SIWA’s Core Values.

SIWA women were further engaged with our host community when PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games Volunteer Committee approached us for help. Our members interviewed over 600 potential candidates from around the world who applied to volunteer at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games. Our members are simply the best!

Run by 100% volunteers, Seoul International Women’s Association continues to grow as the premier international organization in Korea bringing together women from around the globe.

I hope you will enjoy our first publication of A Year in Review 2016-2017.