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!
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.
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.
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Dear GlobalGiving KKOOM Supporters!
It's an exciting time around here at KKOOM. First of all, our founding president, Aimee Jachym, left her job as a corporate lawyer at Michigan's oldest law firm to pursue the full-time cause of KKOOM's growing outreach. As KKOOM's first chief administrator, Aimee is charged with running the day-to-day affairs of the organization as well as expanding the scope of our work in Korea. See the full press release here: http://www.kkoom.org/PRwpic.pdf
Also, we hope you'll be pleased to hear that KKOOM will pilot our International Education Program (IEP) Virtual English Tutoring in March. We have a super team of dedicated volunteers who are current writing lesson plans and curriculum guides, and soon we'll start recruiting tutors (need to have a computer, web camera, mic, internet connection and passion for teaching) to get everything kicked off smoothly. Let us know (email@example.com) if you'd like to get your hands dirty (virtual chalk) and connect with some kids who'd love to meet you overseas.
Finally, it's our goal that we can soon fully fund our IEP project, which began here on GlobalGiving on March 25, 2010. Would you help us by giving another $10 (to match the $10+ you gave us as long as a year ago). We have just $1,374 to go, and we've had over 400 donations come in via GlobalGiving. If just 25% of you give $10, we can be fully funded, which would be amazing! Please help out if you can, and if you can't give monetarily, would you mind following us on Twitter (@koreankids) or sharing our website on Facebook (www.kkoom.org). Anything you can do to support KKOOM is sincerely appreciated. We love you, all of our donors and fans.
Warmest regards (thank goodness for the mid-winter warm-up here in Michigan!),
Thanks to the generous support of donors like you and GlobalGiving.org, KKOOM is just $2,144 away from fully funding its International Education Program (IEP), which aims to deliver quality English education to kids in Korean orphanages and also inspire a new generation of globally connected youth, regardless of their socioeconomic status. KKOOM's all-volunteer Curriculum Development Team (CDT) has been working hard to put together, from scratch, a "KKOOM English Curriculum," which will be used for one-on-one online, real-time tutoring with qualified tutors in the U.S. and kids at orphanages in the U.S. You can read more about the CDT n our previous GlobalGiving project update from the summer as well as our recent newsletter, which is linked below.
The $2,144 we have yet to raise for the IEP will be used to purchase necessary technology components, such as laptops or netbooks for the orphanage(s) and wireless routers. Thus, in order to launch this project on-schedule in early 2011, we need your help to push us to the finish line. Can you pitch in another $10 or tell your friends about KKOOM's IEP? Or what about those great holiday gift cards that GlobalGiving.org is selling? Regardless of what you can do, the all-volunteer KKOOM family is fortunate to have your support, and from all of us, thank you and happy holidays!
In addition to the IEP, KKOOM is working on a number of other exciting initiatives, which are described more fully in our newsletter and on our website, both linked below. The highlights include upcoming projects and parties at 5 orphanages in South Korea in December, as well as growing involvement and support from youth throughout the United States. Thank you to all for your continued interest, encouragement, and gifts!
As always, please feel free to contact me directly with questions or comments.
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