Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission

We are organized to improve and enrich the lives of children living in orphanages and group homes in South Korea; to support these youth after they leave the institutions and start their own lives by providing post-high-school-graduation education, support services, and resources; to aid the institutions and staff that devote their resources to the upbringing of these youth and spread awareness and build compassion for these children.
Dec 29, 2014

Access to education update (Dec 2014)

Jisu (3) has been in preschool for 2 years
Jisu (3) has been in preschool for 2 years

Many of you know that we've been able to send Korean orphan toddlers to preschool starting in the year they turn 24 months old, which is when most Korean children begin. The Korean government, however, only pays for toddlers living in orphanage homes to go when they turn 4, which is 2 years later than all of the other kids. Common sense tells us (and our intuition has been verified by our child development expert friends and volumes of unrelated studies) that the earlier children get access to education, the better off they are in the future.

We started this program about 3 years ago, and so far, we've been able to send 6 (18-month-old to 3-year-old) toddlers to preschool. Through a partnership with a local Gumi preschool, we're able to get a 50% discounted tuition rate, and it costs us about $200 per month per child for all-day preschool (8:30 am - 3:30 pm).

One of first 6 children is starting 1st grade next year in March, when the Korean school year begins. He's already shown early signs of learning disabilities, so he's also been able to receive extra help learning to read and write his alphabet. We'd like to think that, by helping go to preschool earlier than he would've otherwise been able to, some of his learning challenges may have been detected early as well.

Right now, there are two children in Gumi, South Korea attending preschool with KKOOM's support. Jisu and Suzy are both doing very well in their respective classes. Jisu, however, doesn't really like strangers. Recently, he asked his house mom to call the preschool and ask Santa not to come the next day! Santa was due to make an appearance to pass out presents. When asked if he didn't want to receive a present then, he said, "Yes, I don't want a present. Just don't let Santa come!" Suzy, on the other hand, is outgoing and likes interacting with others. She even let an international volunteer paint her face at the Christmas party last Saturday!

KKOOM also supports one toddler living in a special needs orphanage home in Daegu, South Korea and helps him receive special therapy. Minho was born with renal dysplasia (small kidneys) and has experienced stunted development. For 2.5 years, Minho lived at Samsungwon in Gumi and then was transferred to the home in Daegu earlier this year, because the Daegu facility is better equipped to support his special needs. KKOOM's financial aid helps Minho receive one-on-one sessions with occupational and educational therapists to help him on his way.

Next year, Jinyoung, now 16 months old, will start preschool in Gumi in March. He's an active little guy, and when the preschool van comes to pick up his older brothers and sisters every day, he goes out to watch. Sometimes he tries to climb in with everyone else. Soon it will be his turn too.

To ensure the long-term sustainability and success of this program, and so we can help even more Korean orphan toddlers go to preschool, please consider an additional year-end gift to support this program. Thank you for all of your generous support to-date!

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and prosperous New Year!

Aimee

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AIMEE J. JACHYM | Co-founder & President
(e) ajachym@kkoom.org | (skype/kakao) aimeeimnida
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KOREAN KIDS AND ORPHANAGE OUTREACH MISSION (KKOOM)
Improving the lives of Korean orphans through outreach and education
P.O. Box 973, Portage, MI, USA 49081 | (us-tel) + 1-269-340-0430
Suzy(2) has been in preschool this year.
Suzy(2) has been in preschool this year.
Minho (3) extra therapy help.
Minho (3) extra therapy help.
Jinyoung (16 mos) will go to preschool in March.
Jinyoung (16 mos) will go to preschool in March.
Oct 22, 2014

KKOOM College Kids: Fall 2014 Update

Fall 2014 College Scholarship Recipients
Fall 2014 College Scholarship Recipients

Our five KKOOM college scholarship recipients are already in the midst of taking their midterm exams for the fall semester. Here's brief update from each of them.

  • Jindong  (upper left), management major, is worried about raising his overall grade point average, so he says he'll be studying extra hard this semester.
  • Yoonjung (upper left) was appointed student head of her major (special educaiton), so she is enjoying the new leadership experience.
  • Junghye (center) says she's always wanted to learn about wigs and hair extensions, and this semester she has a class devoted to that topic! (Let us know if you want us to have you do your hair the next time you're in Korea. She did mine, and it turned out great!)
  • Sunghee (bottom left) is anticipating getting much better grades this semester now that's better adjusted to college life and the new academic challenges.
  • Jaeho (bottom right) is in his last semester of his Masters of Divinity program, so he is busy writing his thesis and looking forward to graduation.

Thank you for your continued support of their studies and future success!


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AIMEE J. JACHYM | Co-founder & President
(e) ajachym@kkoom.org | 
(skype/kakao) aimeeimnida
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KOREAN KIDS AND ORPHANAGE OUTREACH MISSION (KKOOM)
Improving the lives of Korean orphans through outreach and education
P.O. Box 973, Portage, MI, USA 49081 | (us-tel) + 1-269-340-0430

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Sep 5, 2014

Korean orphan toddlers go to preschool

NJS
NJS

This year, KKOOM is able to send four Korean orphan toddlers, ages 2 and 3, to early education preschool thanks to your help. The Korean government provides funding for orphans to attend preschool starting at age 4, but most regular Korean families send their children to preschool starting at age 2. Korean orphans who don't get to attend preschool from an early age are left at a social and educational disadvantage when they join their peers in the classroom later in life.

The teachers of the four toddlers, pictured herein, say that they are making good progress, on par with their fellow classmates. Suzy and NJS have shown themselves to be exceptionally bright and really enjoy learning.

In addition to preschool, JSH is also receiving individual speech therapy after school so he can improve his speaking skills. The children's home mother who is raising him believes that he is developmentally delayed due to the lack of parenting he experienced in the first 2 years of his life (he came to the children's home last year).

Minho, who we've written about in another progress report, is also doing well. Due to developmental deficiencies and other special needs, Minho was moved from the children's home in Gumi to a nearby home for children with special needs. There, he is receiving individual physical therapy in addition to early access to education.

As always, KKOOM sincerely appreciates your support, and if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Very truly yours,

Aimee

 

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AIMEE J. JACHYM | Co-founder & President
(e) ajachym@kkoom.org | (skype/kakao) aimeeimnida
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KOREAN KIDS AND ORPHANAGE OUTREACH MISSION (KKOOM)
Improving the lives of Korean orphans through outreach and education
P.O. Box 973, Portage, MI, USA 49081 | (us-tel) + 1-269-340-0430
Suzy
Suzy
JSH
JSH
Minho
Minho

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