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 22, 2011

Education for the little ones too

Since our last update to you, we discovered that many of the preschool-aged children at orphanages in Korea are being delayed for entry into preschool and kindergarten because of new budget restrictions set by the local government offices. KKOOM's focus has been on providing access to education for kids at orphanages in Korea, and we believe that education must start with the youngest of the children. Therefore, we are happy to let you know that Donghyuk, age 3, is now attending preschool on a daily basis thanks to your donations. There, he is learning the ABCs and other basics that will help ensure that his educational career gets off to a solid start at such a young age. In January, KKOOM will also provide financial support for Gaeun, now age 2, to also attend preschool. Gaeun is exceptionally bright for her age and already knows about half of the English alphabet, thanks to the efforts of KKOOM volunteers who play with and teach her English through songs and other media on a regular basis. We are grateful for your ongoing support and invite you to visit our website for more information about KKOOM. Thank you!

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Oct 17, 2011

Meet Jin Dong

Jin Dong, Christmas 2010
Jin Dong, Christmas 2010

JIN DONG, a high school senior, has lived at an orphanage in Korea since he was seven. He is extremely focused on his studies, achieving one of the top grades in his English class. On weekends, if he isn’t teaching himself college prep material, he is helping his house mother with laundry or playing soccer with the other kids at the orphanage. Jin Dong typically studies on his own until 2:00am at the orphanage, while his younger brothers sleep around him in the room they share.

Because he has spent most of his life in an orphanage, Jin Dong does not have the opportunity to attend an after-school college preparatory academy, like most Korean students do from an early age. Instead, Jin Dong attends a vocational high school where he and his classmates are being trained for hourly jobs in an electronics field.

Jin Dong plans to surpass society’s expectations and is preparing to attend one of Korea’s top universities. He has the opportunity to gain admission to an elite university through an interview process open to special applicants, like orphans. Jin Dong will study business administration and hopes to become a management expert. “Then, I will help children in poverty regularly,” says Jin Dong. Through the Post-High School Support Initiative, KKOOM will help Jin Dong with his college expenses and help him achieve his goal of helping others. 

“My house mother always inspires me. She didn’t bear me, but she has always supported and loved me, and my siblings at the orphanage.” ~ Jin Dong

This month, Jin Dong will travel around Korea for his college admissions interviews. Your contributions to the Post-High School Support Initiative will help help cover Jin Dong's travel and other college prep expenses.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19th is BONUS DAY on GlobalGiving.org, and KKOOM will receive a 30% match from GlobalGiving for all gifts made on that day. Please consider a timely gift on Wednesday, October 19th.

We sincerely thank you for your generosity and interest in affecting the lives of orphans in South Korea.

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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