Sending Love to Bardia, Nepal

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Living in the affluence of Silicon Valley, we sometimes forget the bubble we live in. There are those throughout the country and the world who are much less fortunate and lack access to basic necessities such as clean running water or a warm and safe home to sleep in every night. We truly are fortunate and frequently neglect the fact that the time and money we put toward luxuries could be better spent on assisting others with necessities. 


This is the reason Global Youth Philanthropy exists. GYP is able to bring together local high schoolers through music and widens our views of the economic, social, and political development of countries across the globe. The power of music does not only affect an audience who appreciates the music we perform but also helps children and orphans on the other side of the world. Four other members and I visited the children’s home in Bardia, Nepal this past February and working with the kids let me see how even the smallest of actions can make such a huge difference in other’s lives. From going to their local schools to teach English and math, to performing a Beatles song for them on the final day, I would not trade the experiences or interactions for anything else. We helped with the construction of the new girls' dorm and were motivated by the kids' smiles to come back and raise funds for the project.


 I am so grateful that I am able to use my passion in music to create change in the world and I hope that all of you will support us on our mission to better the world as well.

Eric Huang

                GYP Event Chair


Nepal Visit

 Visiting GYP members
(From left to right) Claren Dai, Darren Yang, Eric Huang, Sean Young and Jason Dun

  Event: Fundraising Concert "Sending Love to Nepal"
  When: October 21, 2018 at 3PM
  Where: Center of Performing Arts, Recital Hall, Santa Clara University (at the corner of Lafayette and Franklin)
  Address 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, 95035-0341

Concert Charter:

When the GYP team first arrived in Bardia, Nepal, they witnessed how rural and how middle of nowhere the town seemed to be. The dirt roads were quite bumpy and many locals lived in makeshift houses. As they arrived at the orphanage, they were surprised at the limited access to electricity, but soon realized that the living conditions were not all that great either. The almost 30 kids were all squeezed into a tiny building, with a simple wall dividing the boys from the girls. Outside they saw the development of the new dormitory for the girls and they immediately knew that the money from their fundraising concerts would perfectly cover the costs of the new dorm. They tried to help a little with moving stones and bricks and the children were happy to see progress being made on the building.


All proceeds of this year's fundraising concert are therefore going to the building of the new girl's dormitory. It was amazing to see how excited the girls were as they helped lay the foundation (the boys were excited to get larger rooms as well when the girls would move out). The construction of this building is vital to the growth and development of these children as a better living environment will ensure a healthier body and a better space for them to study and sleep. The team were excited to see the full completion of the girls' dormitory and they were glad that the GYP Team were able to support such a noble cause for children that deserve this. 

                          Event outcome:  A fundraising concert raised $11,361.66 while incurring expense of $2,669.44 yielded a net amount of $8,692.22.

                                                              GYP remitted $8,5000.00 to First Love International Ministries, Bardia, Nepal. Donation acknowledgement is shown here


          Back(L-R):  Darren Yang, Ishan Saharoy, Eric Hu, Sean Yang, Eugene Yoon, Alan Liu, Alexander Kao
          Middle(L-R): Michelle Kao, Claren Dai, Elise Kwan, Jocelyn Tseng, Jason Dunn, Andrew Wang, Eric Huang
          Front(L-R): Sabrina Ning, Madeline Cheng, Helen Hu, Elizabeth Szeto, Helena Feng, Cynthia Feng
   Profiles of Team Members.
Alan Liu,  Event Performer   
Alan Liu is a tenth grade GYP member attending Basis Independent Silicon Valley and has played piano for eight and a half years. He enjoys doing math, playing basketball, playing chess, watching television, and hanging out with friends when he has spare time. Alan has done exceptionally well, especially in math and physics. He has cherished playing piano since he was six and strongly feels that it relaxes his mind.

Alexander Kao, Event Performer   
Alexander Kao is a freshman at Lynbrook High School. He has been playing piano for 6 years and saxophone for 6 years. In addition to playing piano and saxophone, he likes to play basketball, participate in track and field, and eat different types of food. As a first year member of GYP, he hopes to help others through his love of music.

Andrew Wang,  Event Performer   
Andrew Wang has been playing piano since he was young. He enjoys music and plays the clarinet for band at his school. He has been in school bands ever since the option was given in 5th grade and decided that working on pieces of music as a group is an option always worth choosing. He believes that music, especially playing it with others, is a fun and great experience.

Claren Dai,  Event Performer   
Claren is a senior at Homestead High School. She has played piano for about 11 years. Claren enjoys anything art-related, such as drawing, dancing, playing piano, or singing karaoke! However, her favorite all-time hobby is sitting down to read a good mystery novel or watch a horror movie.  Claren is looking forward to her 6th year in GYP; she is very grateful for this opportunity to help people through music.

Cynthia Feng,  Event Performer   
Cynthia Feng is 14 years old, a freshman attending Los Gatos High School. She started playing piano when she was 5, and has been playing for around 9 years. In her free time, she likes to read and watch Netflix. Cynthia is extremely excited and grateful to be able to her passion for piano to help children in need.

Darren Yang,  Event Performer   
Darren is a junior at Monta Vista High School and has been playing piano since he was five. He is an officer of his school’s CSF club, a volunteering club on campus, and is also a member of the school's cross country team. This is Darren’s second year with GYP, and he is excited to raise funds for children in Nepal.

Elise Kwan,  Event Performer   
Elise is a sophomore at Wilcox High School. She is a violinist in Golden State Youth Orchestra. Besides violin, Elise also plays piano and has performed at Carnegie Hall. In addition, she is on the cross country team and currently serves as sophomore class treasurer. Elise is passionate about music and volunteering and is grateful for GYP for linking these two passions together to help make an impact.

Elizabeth Szeto,  Event Performer   
Elizabeth is currently a sophomore at The Harker School in San Jose and has been playing piano since she was five years old. She enjoys listening to music, reading, and swimming in her spare time. This is her second year in GYP, and she is excited to have this opportunity to help the orphanage in Nepal once again.

Eric Hu,  Event Performer   
Eric Hu is 15 years old and is currently a student at Cupertino High School. He loves playing the piano, along with his hobbies and interests in computer science, mathematics, sports, and reading. Eric has been playing the piano ever since he was 5 years old and he started from the very beginning with Kwan Music Academy. He has also participated and won awards in the US Open Music Competitions.

Eric Huang,  Event Chair   
Eric is a senior at Monta Vista High School and has been playing piano for over ten years. This will be his seventh year in GYP. Besides piano, he spends his time doing math, physics, FBLA, and spending time with his friends trying out new restaurants or going to local concerts. Just this past February, he visited the children’s home in Nepal and hopes to help these children through music.

Eugene Yoon,  Event Performer   
Eugene Yoon is currently attending Monta Vista High School as a Sophomore and particularly enjoys the subject biology. Outside of school, he swims at De Anza Cupertino Aquatics (DACA) where he has achieved multiple Pacific Record time standards. Ever since he started playing the piano and cello, Eugene has been immersed in the world of music. Additionally, he loves to use his musical talents to help out children with special needs.

Helen Hu,  Director of Backstage   
Helen Hu is a sophomore at Lynbrook High School. Music has always been an important aspect of her life. She played piano for seven years and the flute for four years. She loves to interconnect her love for music with her passion for service through GYP! Outside of GYP, she is involved in speech and debate, mock trial, and DECA!

Helena Feng,  Event Performer   
Helena Feng is a freshman attending Los Gatos High School. She has been playing piano for nine years, starting at five years old. Her hobbies include playing tennis, as well as reading. Helena also enjoys painting and drawing in her free time. This is her second year in GYP, and she looks forward to continue being a part of this incredible and meaningful organization.

Ishan Saharoy,  Event Performer   
Ishan is a sophomore who goes to Lynbrook High School. In his free time, he likes to play piano and water polo and every once in a while hangingout with friends.

Jason Dunn,  Event Performer   
Jason Dunn is a junior at Monta Vista High School. He has played piano for over 9 years, starting at age 6. Other than piano, Jason likes soccer and singing. Over winter break, Jason traveled with other GYP members to the children's home, where he took care of the orphans and building the girls' dormitory. This is Jason's third year in GYP, and he is excited to perform for you.

Jocelyn Tseng,  Event Performer   
Jocelyn is a junior at Monta Vista and has been playing trombone for over four years and the piano for ten. In addition to music, Jocelyn has a great passion for tennis and has been on the varsity tennis team for three years. Jocelyn loves dogs, programming, and learning science. In her third year of GYP, Jocelyn is excited to send love to less fortunate children around the world.

Kevin Gao,  Event Performer   
Kevin Gao is a senior at Los Altos High School. Starting at the age of seven, he has played the piano for ten years. Apart from piano, he plays on the varsity badminton team and is vice president of the school's chess club. In his free time, he likes to watch hockey and learn more about computer science. He would be honored to help orphans in Nepal through music.

Madeline Cheng,  Event Performer   
Madeline is a freshman at Mountain View High. She plays both the piano and the saxophone and has recently taken up composition. The winner of the 2017
Frank Sumares Scholarship Award at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Madeline is a saxophonist for the Stanford Jazz Miles Ahead All-Star Big Band. In her spare time, she dances ballet and has performed the lead role of Clara in Pacific Ballet Academy's Nutcracker.

Michelle Kao,  Director of Operations   
Michelle is a junior at Lynbrook High School. She has played the piano for eleven years and the flute for seven years. Aside from music, Michelle also loves drawing, reading, math and listening to music. She enjoys going on drop towers and roller coasters, the most memorable being going on California Screamin' six times in a day. She is looking forward to helping the orphans in Nepal this year.

Sabrina Ning,  Event Performer   
Sabrina Ning is an eighth-grader at Miller Middle School. She has been playing piano since the age of five and has won multiple awards at the US Open Music Competition. In addition to piano, she enjoys playing flute, dancing, drawing, and spending time with friends. As a new member of GYP, she hopes to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children through her passion for music.

Sean Yang,  Event Performer   
Sean is a sophomore at Monta Vista High School. He has been playing piano since he was seven years old and has completed the level ten test in the spring of 2017. Outside of music, Sean plays water polo and swimming. He is looking forward to this year's Global Youth Philanthropy fundraising concert.

Choir members:

Children’s Choir: Leo Li, Jenny Xie, Eudora Zhou, Elsa Dai, Jason Feng, Alan Yu, Amelia Chen, Jennifer Yin, Helen Wu, Loreen Lu, Ethan Wang, Selena Yue, Julie Chen, Roy Chen, Aidan Chen, Max Peng, Ryan Chen, Aimee Chen, David Lu, Olivia Shi, Raymond Feng, Marina Yu

Adult Choir: DongMei Liu, Li Wang, Jing Yu, Miranda Liu, Amy Huang, Yuxing Deng, Vania Fang, Judy Jin, Ying Zhang, Bei Wang, Fang Duan, Jingli Wang, Rong Chen, Melody YiXin Yang, Jie Hong, Min Chen, Yixin Li, Xiao Xie, Yue Zhao, Jingdong Chen, Jeff JiaFeng Peng, HaiChun Chen, HouChang Lu

ConductorsLynn Wu, Diane Kwan
AccompanistJocelyn Tseng, Elise Kwan, Helen Hu