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 22, 2011

International Education Program Update from Korea

During the week of August 7 - August 13, KKOOM hosted the first Emmanuel Stay Program for international volunteers at Emmanuel Children's Home in Gimcheon, South Korea. Emmanuel is an orphanage home to about 120 children, ranging in age from infants through university. During the week long program, the volunteers helped the children learn English while living with them on-site at Emmanuel.

The volunteers shared their own insights throughout the week by posting to a blog, which is still accessible here: http://kkoom.org/category/blog/ There are a number of pictures posted on the Emmanuel Children's Home Facebook Page, which can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/EmmanuelGimcheon 

Finally, if you have time, we encourage you to check out the article the Korea Herald (Korea's largest English newspaper) ran a few weeks ago about KKOOM and the Emmanuel Stay Program (see link below).

As always, we thank you for your support of KKOOM's efforts to make International Education a top priority for Korean children in the many orphanages here.

~From Gumi, South Korea in Samsungwon orphanage.

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Jul 29, 2011

Changing young adult orphans' lives, one at a time

Thanks to your generous support, the Post-high School Support Initiaitive is well underway. Last Sunday, I had the privilege of having dinner with my young friend, Jung-young (JY). JY grew up at Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi, South Korea, and attended a nearby university to study nursing. He graduated this past March and began his career as a nurse in a hospital near Seoul, about 200 miles away from everyone he has ever known. Not knowing a single soul in his new location, JY is boldly defying stereotypes that the poor cannot succeed and that orphans cannot hold "white collar" positions. Early in his career, JY is proving himself a valuable member of the ER surgery team, and in fact, our dinner was cut short unexpectedly because he was called in to assist on an emergency operation. The doctors he works with value his diligence and competence, and we at KKOOM are also proud of his work ethic, which is serving as a great example to the younger children he grew up with in the orphanage. They now have a role model whom they can look to and realize that they too can succeed when they leave the orphanage that is raising them. With your continued support, KKOOM will continue to mentor young adults like JY and ensure that they have the resources necessary to succeed.
May 18, 2011

Online tutoring program is underway!

Students learning English via online tutoring
Students learning English via online tutoring

Thanks to the wonderful support we've had from our GlobalGiving friends along the way, the KKOOM International Education Program for orphans in Korea is well underway. In the last several weeks, we've launched and are piloting the online tutoring module (with the kids pictured here), which puts Korean orphans face-to-face with native English speaking tutors using Skype video conferencing. You can read more about the program in our most recent newsletter (www.kkoom.org/sp11news.pdf). All of this has been possible because of your support, so thank you once again!

Also, because this project is almost fully funded (YAY!), we wanted to take this opportunity to direct you to KKOOM's latest initiative to support orphans after they grow up and leave the orphanages. It's project #8013 here on GlobalGiving, and we invite you to check it out: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/kkoom-support-for-young-adult-korean-orphans/ If you feel so inspired, you can also help us out on a long-term continued basis by becoming a recurring donor here on GlobalGiving. You can sign up by electing that option when you donate on the project page linked above.

As always, we're grateful for your support and look forward to hearing from you. Drop us a line any time.

Regards,

Aimee

 

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AIMEE J. JACHYM | President and Chief Administrator
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P.O. Box 973, Portage, MI, USA 49081 | (o) + 1-269-340-0430

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