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.
Feb 5, 2013

Wonderful Trip to America!

Hyedong in Los Angeles, California
Hyedong in Los Angeles, California

I recently received a travel grant from KKOOM, but before I talk about the trip I’ve had for almost 2 weeks in America, I want to introduce myself.

Hi everyone who supports [KKOOM and GlobalGiving,] I’m Hyedong You. I’ve lived with more than 100 people in Samsungwon orphanage since I was 5 [in Gumi, South Korea]. I studied Electronic Engineering in university and I’m going to graduate this February. When I was young, I sometimes complained about why I was in that orphanage. But now, I know how blessed and wonderful I am.

These are the phrases that I used in my recent job interview: “People often think [about] and call my home a very unfortunate matter, but I think I’m rather blessed and gifted because I, not only could have big family with love but, I also could learn about reaching out and bringing people together through this.”

As I had a bit short time to look around all over America, I just decided to go see over LA and Las Vegas. I got to LAX airport in the early morning on 18th December. I felt a bit tired as I was on the flight for a long time, but by the time I got to LA, I felt really refreshed and energized by the warm and fresh air in LA. My friend came to the airport to pick me up, and this is the beginning of my trip in America. There were a lot of things to do in LA. I went to Universal Studio, Getty Museum, Korean Bell of Friendship, Hollywood, Griffith observatory and more.Overall, I liked these places pretty much. There were lots of different atmospheres I could feel in each places.

First of all, Hollywood, the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, impressed me. I could see a lot of stars that has movie stars' names in the street.. And as I like architecture, I really liked to see the Getty Museum. There were a lot of people visiting this place and they looked pretty amazed by the paintings, masterpieces, books, etc. Even though I’m not a person who knows well about the art, history of the cultures, I enjoyed seeing different kinds of paintings and many interesting kinds of things. I could even see about a 300 years old Bible.

At last, I can’t forget the night view of Las Vegas. The city was decorated with beautiful lights, LEDs and tourists' enthusiasm. I could see the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, and so on. I felt I was really lucky because I could see a number of landmarks of the wold, even I didn’t go to each country personally. In order to feel the atmosphere of Las Vegas, I decided to see a show happening in the center of Las Vegas. I really wanted to see “Big O show” which is the most popular and the oldest show in Las Vegas, but it was already fully booked. So instead I went to see a show called "Zumanity." I couldn’t stop laughing during that show because it was so hilarious. 

I had a great time in America, and I can’t really believe how quickly the time has gone by. I know I couldn’t really make it [without your] concern and support. I really appreciate your help and concern. I promise I’ll return the favor and love that I’ve had in my life. I [want to] establish a scholarship foundation in the future so that I can also help people who [don't have many chances] to achieve their dreams. I’ll pray for your health and beautiful life. Thank you very much. 

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Jan 10, 2013

Dreams fulfilled! ChicagoStay 2013

Thanks to the generosity of the GlobalGiving community, KKOOM has acheived full funding for this project.Throughout the two and a half years of active fundraising for this project, we have funded small programs like volunteer stays at orphanages in Korea, which have helped orphanage children learn English in an immersion environment without leaving Korea. We've also helped send young children to preschool and older children to English academy classes.

However, our aim from the beginning was also to help orphanage children gain an international perspective through travel and immersion, and this winter, we will do just that.

The International Education Program will culminate this February when we bring over five young adults (ages 12 - 22) from a Korean orphanage to participate in KKOOM's first ChicagoStay, a homestay and educational program designed specifically for Korean orphans. The kids will stay with American families and learn everyday English and experience American culture firsthand. We hope that this is the first of many successful American homestays for children from Korean orphanages.

We also hope that you will support other KKOOM projects on GlobalGiving so we can continue making a difference in the lives of Korean orphans. Thank you very much.

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Jan 9, 2013

First Furniture Has Arrived

Someone is happy in his new bed!
Someone is happy in his new bed!

In late November 2012, 40 children at Samsungwon were able to move into their new housing accomodations thanks to donors like you. Donations paid for new beds, dressers, and desks. Additional money raised through this GlobalGiving project will go to pay for things like additional bedding, to make their homes more comfortable, and air conditioning units, which will be needed in the summer when it gets hot and humid.

The children moved their personal belongings from their old housing to their new accomodations and also were responsible for much of the cleaning and move-in process. After the move, they reflected that it was a lot of work, but they were happy to be settled in to their new homes, which are much larger and nicer than their old houses.

They are grateful for your generous support!

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