Ambassador Walsh Visits Charitable Organisation Pine Tree
In 2015, Canada Wood in collaboration with Inha University and the Korea Wood Construction Association held the WFC Practical Training Workshop at Pine Tree Home.
A wooden playhouse* was designed and built by architecture students of Inha University as a part of hands-on training during the WFC Practical Training Workshop.
The Canadian Embassy had sponsored the workshop and furthermore, donated funds to Pine Tree Home through their charity program. The following article is extracted from the Canadian Embassy newsletter.
Every fall, the Canadian government launches its Charitable Campaign across Canada and its network of missions abroad. Through a series of events, 6.5 Million KRW was raised for the 2015 campaign by the Charity Committee of the Embassy. This year, half the funds were donated to Pine Tree Home (www.pinetree.or.kr in Korean only), a home for children aged 1 to 18 years of age who have been left homeless for various reasons.
On a snowy January day, Ambassador Walsh and Committee Chair Sébastien Denault visited the organization based in Incheon where they were greeted by Chairman Kim Duk-rin and Director Kim Ju-ri. Director Kim explained that the organisation was originally founded as an orphanage in 1953 for war orphans, making it the oldest of its kind in Korea. Pine Tree currently houses over 80 children and has helped over a thousand over the years. Chairman Kim thanked the Embassy for their support and highlighted that Ambassador Walsh was the first Ambassador to visit this organisation.
After the presentation, Ambassador Walsh was given a tour of the institution, helped to give some younger children their lunch and took a look at the wooden playhouse* outside that was built by university students in collaboration with Canada Wood in 2015.
The Embassy of Canada is proud to be associated with this essential institution that helps children to obtain a better life and accomplish their dreams.