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.
Aug 2, 2013

Update from Jindong

Thank you for your support of KKOOM's Post-High School Support Initiative via GlobalGiving. The project helps support young adults after they leave the Korean orphanages in which they grew up.

I recently received the email, below, from JinDong, one of our five college scholarship recipients. JinDong is a sophomore in business management at Pusan National University. He grew up at Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi, South Korea. A year ago, JinDong barely spoke English, so as you can see, he's made a lot of progress. 



Editor's Note: JinDong's email is unedited, except for editorial remarks in brackets to aid with understanding.

Hello, How have you been?

I'm JinDong Kim.

I'm sorry to e-mail you so late.

Because My last email was sent one year ago.

This semester(2013-1) was not bad for me.

I participated international marketing strategy competition that was holded by Caffebene [a Korean company].

I devoted lots of time for it with my teammates, but we were eliminated in the competition.

However, I got some experiences from it.

I'm not satisfied of my grade of this semester.

I think I must try harder in next semester.

And I attend English academy(YBM) thesedays at no cost thanks to (I cannot translate this word to English). [a Korean organization that supports youth development]

I study TOEIC [a standardized test, like TOEFL] at there, but it isn't easy.

Particularly, at listening part, pronunciations of England and Australia are so difficult. Because I am habituated to American pronunciation.

And I teach poor elementary school students in the capacity of mentor.

My university runs lots of mentoring program. (that is, university student teach poor elementary, middle or high school student, the mentoring program I take part in is one of these programs)

The reason that I take part in this program is that I received a lot of helps from various people including you. Likewise, I think I should oblige something to poor others.

Although I don't give some money to others, I can help them as a teacher. I think That is a way to help them to achieve their goals. It is valuable.

Thanks to you, I am always able to study in university well.

I always thank you and Father God. It is natural I always thank my mother[JinDong refers to his house mother at Samsungwon as his real mother].

From now on, I will study and try more than before for my goal.

I attempted to write email in English. I think my English ability isn't good, but I tried. When you read this email, You will be able to catch some or many error in grammar. But I wish that you will understand this email without difficulty.

I'll email you next time, See you later.

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Jul 23, 2013

Thank you for your support!

Samsungwon, the orphanage in Gumi, South Korea, recently had its three-year government review, and I'm happy to report that they successfully "passed." 

However, Samsungwon is still greatly in need of new furniture for its older building, where the girls live. There are three girls houses, each home to 12 girls, ages 2 to 20. As you can imagine, things are quite cramped, and they would benefit from new bookshelves, dressers, and desk chairs. Your donations to this project will go to support these needs.

For more on the work KKOOM is doing at Samsungwon and at orphanages throughout South Korea, check out our blog. http://kkoom.org/category/blog/

Thank you for your continued support via GlobalGiving!

May 6, 2013

2013 College Scholarship Recipients

2013 College Scholarship Recipients
2013 College Scholarship Recipients

In March 2013, five young adults who grew up at Samsungwon, the orphanage/children's home in Gumi, South Korea went to college. We are pleased to inform you that your generosity allowed KKOOM to provide each of them with a 500,000 won (~$500 USD) scholarship to help pay for their living expenses while they go to school. Upon successful completion of their spring semester and continued enrollment in the fall semester, KKOOM will provide them each with an additional 500,000 won in August. These young adults are majoring in subjects ranging from music peformance to nursing to technology. All of them live in dormitories during the school year and return to visit Samsungwon on their school breaks and holidays.

Thank you for your continued support of this important KKOOM initiative. As always, we invite your direct contact and feedback at any time. I can be reached at ajachym@kkoom.org or 269-340-0430. You can also follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook.

Thank you!

Aimee

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