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.
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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Nov 27, 2012

Helping Smart Little Kids Get a Jump Start

Jisoo
Jisoo

Thanks to funding made possible by generous donors, like you, KKOOM is going to be able to send Jisoo (20 months old) to preschool in March, when the Korean school year starts. He's a smart little kid who already enjoys nursery rhymes, blocks, and all things spicy (kimchi!). Typically, Korean kids in orphanages are allowed to go to preschool starting in the year that they turn four, but KKOOM will send him to preschool two years early. We believe that this jump start will help Jisoo build the social, creative, and intellectual skills he needs to build a solid foundation for his future success.

Additionally, Gaeun, a little girl we sent to preschool a year early, will get to go to an after-preschool English academy in March because of your incredible support. Gaeun will be four next year, and hence eligible for government funding for preschool, so we'll use the funds we had used to send her to preschool to send her to English lessons instead. Thanks to an iPad2 donated by a supporter in California, Gaeun learned her ABCs inside and out at age 2 and is now reading and writing in Korean as well. 

We're very proud of both Jisoo and Gaeun, and we're humbled to be able support their educational success because of this successful GlobalGiving project.

Thank you!

Gaeun
Gaeun

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