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.
Nov 19, 2013

Fall 2013 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients

Fall 2013 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients
Fall 2013 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients

This fall KKOOM was able to award college scholarships of approximately $500 USD (500,000 Korean won) to 5 students who grew up in a Korean orphanage. The students use these funds to off-set their educational costs and pay for things like dormitory expenses, lab fees, and extra curriculars.

One of the students no longer has to commute 1.5 hours each way to school where he is studying for a Master's in Divinity. Instead, he can just live in the campus dormitory Monday through Friday. He still comes home on the weekends because he is an assistant pastor at his local church, which is attended by many of the same kids he grew up with in the orphanage.

Another student is using her KKOOM scholarship money to help pay her bills in her small off-campus apartment. She's in her last semester of nursing school and is enjoying the freedom of living on her own and having a little extra money to got out to eat and hang out with friends in her limited free time.

As always, if you have questions, you may contact me directly at ajachym [at] kkoom [dot] org.

Thank you for your support!

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Oct 20, 2013

Korean orphans get new bedding thanks to you!

Korean orphans get new bedding
Korean orphans get new bedding

Thanks to your support, more than 70 children at an orpahange in Korea got new bedding earlier this year. As part of our "furniture fund," which you gave to through GlobalGiving, we have been able to meet some of the immediate furniture and supply needs at orphanages where we work. 

The new bedding was needed because some of the kids at this particular orphanage had been sleeping with blankets that were more than 10 years old. The new blankets and bedding brought smiles to the kids' faces, as you can imagine. 

We were also able to purchase some screen doors, one of which is pictured in the collage. The screen doors were great for keeping the mosquitoes out of the kids' rooms at the orphanage during the hot and humid summer. Even though their is air conditioning at most orphanages, it isn't run very frequently, and the windows and doors are kept open for most of the summer months (which is also typical of most average Korean homes).

As always, we're grateful for your generosity, and if you have any questions or comments, we encourage you to contact us at any time. Kamsahamnida! (Thank you, again, in Korean!)

Regards,

Aimee

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AIMEE J. JACHYM | President and Chief Administrator
(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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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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