I recently received a travel grant from KKOOM, but before I talk about the trip I’ve had for almost 2 weeks in America, I want to introduce myself.
Hi everyone who supports [KKOOM and GlobalGiving,] I’m Hyedong You. I’ve lived with more than 100 people in Samsungwon orphanage since I was 5 [in Gumi, South Korea]. I studied Electronic Engineering in university and I’m going to graduate this February. When I was young, I sometimes complained about why I was in that orphanage. But now, I know how blessed and wonderful I am.
These are the phrases that I used in my recent job interview: “People often think [about] and call my home a very unfortunate matter, but I think I’m rather blessed and gifted because I, not only could have big family with love but, I also could learn about reaching out and bringing people together through this.”
As I had a bit short time to look around all over America, I just decided to go see over LA and Las Vegas. I got to LAX airport in the early morning on 18th December. I felt a bit tired as I was on the flight for a long time, but by the time I got to LA, I felt really refreshed and energized by the warm and fresh air in LA. My friend came to the airport to pick me up, and this is the beginning of my trip in America. There were a lot of things to do in LA. I went to Universal Studio, Getty Museum, Korean Bell of Friendship, Hollywood, Griffith observatory and more.Overall, I liked these places pretty much. There were lots of different atmospheres I could feel in each places.
First of all, Hollywood, the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, impressed me. I could see a lot of stars that has movie stars' names in the street.. And as I like architecture, I really liked to see the Getty Museum. There were a lot of people visiting this place and they looked pretty amazed by the paintings, masterpieces, books, etc. Even though I’m not a person who knows well about the art, history of the cultures, I enjoyed seeing different kinds of paintings and many interesting kinds of things. I could even see about a 300 years old Bible.
At last, I can’t forget the night view of Las Vegas. The city was decorated with beautiful lights, LEDs and tourists' enthusiasm. I could see the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, and so on. I felt I was really lucky because I could see a number of landmarks of the wold, even I didn’t go to each country personally. In order to feel the atmosphere of Las Vegas, I decided to see a show happening in the center of Las Vegas. I really wanted to see “Big O show” which is the most popular and the oldest show in Las Vegas, but it was already fully booked. So instead I went to see a show called "Zumanity." I couldn’t stop laughing during that show because it was so hilarious.
I had a great time in America, and I can’t really believe how quickly the time has gone by. I know I couldn’t really make it [without your] concern and support. I really appreciate your help and concern. I promise I’ll return the favor and love that I’ve had in my life. I [want to] establish a scholarship foundation in the future so that I can also help people who [don't have many chances] to achieve their dreams. I’ll pray for your health and beautiful life. Thank you very much.
Thanks to the generous support of KKOOM's GlobalGiving supporters, young adults Hohyeong, Areum, Jindong, and Juhyeon were able to get new clothes for job interviews and other professional engagements they had recently in Korea. All four of these young adults grew up in orphanages here in Korea and have since gone on to get jobs or attend college. KKOOM's Post-High School Support Initiative has helped them make the transition from orphanage life to self-sufficiency by providing them with small, tangible assistance through the gift of new clothes. Along with the clothes, we've provided mentorship, career advice, and encouragement along the way. Your generous financial support helps make these one-to-one contacts of kindness possible on an ongoing basis. Thank you!!
Thanks to your continued support of our Post-high School Support Initiative through GlobalGiving, KKOOM has been able to provide assistance to children as they age out of orphanages here in Korea. When kids leave orphanages here, they can receive up to $5,000 or so in government assistance, but this doesn't go very far when you consider that they have to provide their own housing, food, and clothing and leave with very few personal possessions. KKOOM aims to continue filling this gap by helping young adults from orphanages prepare for job interviews, seek opportunities overseas, and continue their education in colleges and technical schools. Thank you for your continued interest and support of our work!
Thanks to your support, our friend, Jin Dong is currently taking his midterm exams at Busan National University, where he's a freshman majoring in business management. Upon arrival at university this March, Jin Dong discovered that amongst his classmates with the same declared major, he had achieved the second highest overall score on the college admission test. In his free time, he has been tutoring high school students in Busan who are preparing for the same admission test.
Jin Dong sends his warm regards to all of his supporters and thanks all of you for your encouragement and financial generosity to KKOOM!
We're pleased to let you know that our friend, Jin Dong, whom many of you supported in 2011 has obtained admission to Busan National University, one of Korea's top universities. More about Jin Dong and KKOOM's continued work on our post high school support initiative are contained in the link below, which leads to a Korea Herald article which ran last month. The Korea Herald is the country's largest English daily newspaper. We are thankful for your generous giving and for GlobalGiving's ongoing support. As always, please don't hesitate to contact us directly with questions and comments. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. ! Thank you! Aimee
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