Over the weekend CHI staff members attended Italian Street Painting Marin where they raised awareness and accepted donations for foster youth. Over the two-day festival, CHI raised almost $400 for Together We Rise which should be enough to donate 15 duffle bags (Sweet Cases) for foster kids in need.
Every day at least 1,200 kids in the United States will enter foster care. Most kids in foster care are given trash bags to carry their belongings in. CHI has partnered with Together We Rise to help provide Sweet Cases for these kids.
The Sweet Cases are blue duffel bags stuffed with a teddy bear, a blanket, a hygiene kit, a coloring book, and crayons. No child deserves to carry their belongings in trash bags.
Cultural Homestay International (CHI) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1980 by Tom and Lilka Areton. CHI’s mission statement is: to promote international understanding and goodwill through people-to-people exchanges. We believe that the best way to build bridges of friendship and trust among people is to experience directly each others’ customs, languages and values. To live, study or work together leads to a transformational experience of acceptance and genuine affection. Young people who live with Americans as a family member, participate in the local community, or train in an American business open their minds to the values of volunteering, democracy and freedom. CHI aspires to share the benefits of cultural interchange with the many nations of the earth in the deeply held conviction that such exchanges ultimately contribute to a more prosperous and peaceful world.
For over 35 years, more than 250,000 students and young adults from over 100 countries have come to our shores to participate in CHI’s educational and cultural programs, including Academic Year High School exchange, short-term Group Homestay, Au Pair child-care, Internship training, Work & Travel, and Camp Counselor experience. For American students seeking cultural experiences abroad, CHI organizes high school study, language teaching adventures, and work programs in various countries around the globe.
CHI is designated by the United States Department of State as a J-1 visa sponsor, and is a proud member of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), World Youth Student Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE Travel Confederation), WYSE Work Abroad, International Au Pair Association (IAPA) and The Alliance for International Educational & Cultural Exchange.