[KKOOM] Support for young adult Korean orphans

Fall 2013 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients
Fall 2013 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients

This fall KKOOM was able to award college scholarships of approximately $500 USD (500,000 Korean won) to 5 students who grew up in a Korean orphanage. The students use these funds to off-set their educational costs and pay for things like dormitory expenses, lab fees, and extra curriculars.

One of the students no longer has to commute 1.5 hours each way to school where he is studying for a Master's in Divinity. Instead, he can just live in the campus dormitory Monday through Friday. He still comes home on the weekends because he is an assistant pastor at his local church, which is attended by many of the same kids he grew up with in the orphanage.

Another student is using her KKOOM scholarship money to help pay her bills in her small off-campus apartment. She's in her last semester of nursing school and is enjoying the freedom of living on her own and having a little extra money to got out to eat and hang out with friends in her limited free time.

As always, if you have questions, you may contact me directly at ajachym [at] kkoom [dot] org.

Thank you for your support!


Thank you for your support of KKOOM's Post-High School Support Initiative via GlobalGiving. The project helps support young adults after they leave the Korean orphanages in which they grew up.

I recently received the email, below, from JinDong, one of our five college scholarship recipients. JinDong is a sophomore in business management at Pusan National University. He grew up at Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi, South Korea. A year ago, JinDong barely spoke English, so as you can see, he's made a lot of progress. 

Editor's Note: JinDong's email is unedited, except for editorial remarks in brackets to aid with understanding.

Hello, How have you been?

I'm JinDong Kim.

I'm sorry to e-mail you so late.

Because My last email was sent one year ago.

This semester(2013-1) was not bad for me.

I participated international marketing strategy competition that was holded by Caffebene [a Korean company].

I devoted lots of time for it with my teammates, but we were eliminated in the competition.

However, I got some experiences from it.

I'm not satisfied of my grade of this semester.

I think I must try harder in next semester.

And I attend English academy(YBM) thesedays at no cost thanks to (I cannot translate this word to English). [a Korean organization that supports youth development]

I study TOEIC [a standardized test, like TOEFL] at there, but it isn't easy.

Particularly, at listening part, pronunciations of England and Australia are so difficult. Because I am habituated to American pronunciation.

And I teach poor elementary school students in the capacity of mentor.

My university runs lots of mentoring program. (that is, university student teach poor elementary, middle or high school student, the mentoring program I take part in is one of these programs)

The reason that I take part in this program is that I received a lot of helps from various people including you. Likewise, I think I should oblige something to poor others.

Although I don't give some money to others, I can help them as a teacher. I think That is a way to help them to achieve their goals. It is valuable.

Thanks to you, I am always able to study in university well.

I always thank you and Father God. It is natural I always thank my mother[JinDong refers to his house mother at Samsungwon as his real mother].

From now on, I will study and try more than before for my goal.

I attempted to write email in English. I think my English ability isn't good, but I tried. When you read this email, You will be able to catch some or many error in grammar. But I wish that you will understand this email without difficulty.

I'll email you next time, See you later.


2013 College Scholarship Recipients
2013 College Scholarship Recipients

In March 2013, five young adults who grew up at Samsungwon, the orphanage/children's home in Gumi, South Korea went to college. We are pleased to inform you that your generosity allowed KKOOM to provide each of them with a 500,000 won (~$500 USD) scholarship to help pay for their living expenses while they go to school. Upon successful completion of their spring semester and continued enrollment in the fall semester, KKOOM will provide them each with an additional 500,000 won in August. These young adults are majoring in subjects ranging from music peformance to nursing to technology. All of them live in dormitories during the school year and return to visit Samsungwon on their school breaks and holidays.

Thank you for your continued support of this important KKOOM initiative. As always, we invite your direct contact and feedback at any time. I can be reached at ajachym@kkoom.org or 269-340-0430. You can also follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook.

Thank you!



Hyedong in Los Angeles, California
Hyedong in Los Angeles, California

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!!

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