Thanks to the generosity of our GlobalGiving donors like you, the children of Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi, South Korea, have benefitted from new furniture for their bedrooms. Thanks to you, many of the children get to sleep in beds for the first time, and they have their own dresser drawers and wardrobes. This sense of personal, private ownership instills pride in the children and has brought a lot of smiles. When the furniture first arrived, the kids said, "Wow! It's so pretty!" and "Our room is so much better now!"
What a big difference you've made by your giving!
At this point, we don't have any more furniture projects on the horizon, so we are going to close this project to further funding on GlobalGiving. However, you can still keep in touch with us via our other projects here on GlobalGiving. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Most little girls dream of new toys, field trips, or other exciting things. My guess is that most little girls never stop to consider their furniture -- things like their dresser drawers or bookshelves. But up until a few months ago, the girls at Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi, South Korea, did not have their own dressers. Rather, they had their own drawer or two in a dresser shared with two or three other girls. They shared bedroom closets and desks with 3-4 other girls, so they really had never experienced furniture that was truly their own.
That changed this fall when KKOOM had the opportunity to replace all of their furniture (for approx. 35 girls) with new pieces. Every middle school and high school girl now has their own wardrobe or dresser (depending on the space constraints of each room), and all of the girls have their own space for clothing, books, and other belongings.
One of the staff members told me, "the girls were so excited about their new furniture that some had trouble sleeping the first night." This really surprised me. I remember the restless nights before the first day of school, excited to see my friends, or before my birthday... but no, I can honestly say, the prospect of a new dresser has never excited me quite like that.
The girls also texted me pictures (which are included in this report) with notes like "our furniture is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO pretty! You have no idea!" and "We are really happy. We haven't been this happy in a long time."
Most of us, the supporters of KKOOM, get to live pretty comfortable lives. We have chairs to sit in, desks to study at, tables to eat upon, etc., and we give these items just passing glances and thoughts as we go about our daily lives. But through the lenses of these 35 girls, and the impact that your gifts have had on them, I've seen these basic necessities in a whole new light.
It's not just furniture that you've helped provide. It's a mark of ownership, and thereby, it's a mark of identity. You've helped give these girls a stake in their own lives. Thank you.
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!)
Samsungwon, the orphanage in Gumi, South Korea, recently had its three-year government review, and I'm happy to report that they successfully "passed."
However, Samsungwon is still greatly in need of new furniture for its older building, where the girls live. There are three girls houses, each home to 12 girls, ages 2 to 20. As you can imagine, things are quite cramped, and they would benefit from new bookshelves, dressers, and desk chairs. Your donations to this project will go to support these needs.
For more on the work KKOOM is doing at Samsungwon and at orphanages throughout South Korea, check out our blog. http://kkoom.org/category/blog/
Thank you for your continued support via GlobalGiving!
This summer, Samsungwon, the orphanage in Gumi, South Korea, will complete a renovation of its original building to add modern fire sprinklers and other fire saftey equiment. While doing so, Samsungwon would also like to update the furniture in the three girls' houses located in the original building.
The girls need new beds, desks, bookshelves, and clothing organizers. Some of the existing furniture is falling apart, and storage for the girls' individual belongings is insufficient. Your donations to this project will help fund these needs and create a better, brighter space for the girls in the original building.
Thank you for your generous support!
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