Famous as a Philantropist, Let’s Take a Look at Shin Ae-ra’s Humanitarian Work!

angelic mother Shin Ae-ra

Super Angelic Mom Without Wings, Shin Ae-ra

Shin Ae-ra is a famous actress from the ’90s era. She married her co-star, Cha In-pyo, in 1995 and had a son, Cha Jeong-min, in 1998. It’s been a long time since Shin Ae-ra’s last appearance on a TV show, as she is currently busy with her social activity outside Korea, helping kids who need adoption and managing an organization. She is an angel for her two adopted daughters, who grew up into two beautiful and happy girls over time. Let’s find out more about Shin Ae-ra’s humanitarian activities.


Become a Volunteer

Shin Ae-ra volunteer

Shin Ae-ra has been active doing volunteer work with her husband since 2003, putting their focus on orphanages and welfare centers. Their goals are stopping violence and abuse in schools, North Korean Exile Rights, and humanitarian aid for underprivileged children. She also became a goodwill ambassador for adoption, to change the adoption culture in South Korea.


Adopting Two Daughters

Shin Ae-ra daughters

Shin Ae-ra become the first artist in the Korean Entertainment Industry to adopt a child. She adopted two baby girls named Cha Ye-eun and Cha Ye-jin. Shin Ae-ra got a lot of criticism for doing the adoptions, since it’s uncommon in South Korea. However, her brave move made many couples follow in her footsteps, helping children have a new family and life journey through adoption.

Cha Ye-eun and Cha Ye-jin are growing up as beautiful and happy young ladies. They are happy and grateful for their family for their love and care for them since they were adopted. The Cha family has perfect teamwork and a strong bond as a whole family, which could be seen through an episode of JTBC “Master in the House”, where Cha In-pyo and Shin Ae-ra appeared as Master of the show.


Getting a Doctorate Degree in Psychology

Shin Ae-ra doctoral degree

Through JTBC “Master in the House”, cast members of the show; Yook Sung-jae, Lee Seung-gi, Yang Se-hyung, and Lee Sang-yoon went to Los Angeles, California, to meet the master who was currently pursuing her degree, none other than Shin Ae-ra. Shin Ae-ra was currently working on her thesis in order to pursue her doctorate degree at a university in California. She already had her master’s degree in psychology, before.

Shin Ae-ra Master in the House

On the show, Shin Ae-ra showed off her skill in analyzing personality tests taken by the cast. She also had fun with them at an American High School where her only son, Cha Jeong-min, was having a busking event.


Make Donations to Organizations

Shin Ae-ra donation

Shin Ae-ra is not only active doing volunteer work, but also helping with donations to several organizations. In 2015, she and her husband donated 200,000 briquettes to the Babsang Community Welfare Foundation. Recently, they also donated 100 million won to the Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association, to help the victims of the wildfire in Gangwon Province which took place on April 4, 2019, around 7 p.m. KST.

Shin Ae-ra appeared as a speaker on “The NY Nanum Foundation” in 2017. She encouraged the people there to recognize the impact and strength that Nanum (“sharing and giving”) can have in our community. Individual giving may seem insignificant, but when we give together, we can truly make a meaningful difference in our communities. Through the event, she helped raise donations of more than $270,000 which will be used to support community-based organizations that assist low-income Asian-Americans to move toward self-sufficiency.