[KKOOM] Support for young adult Korean orphans

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.

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

Jul 29, 2011

Changing young adult orphans' lives, one at a time

Thanks to your generous support, the Post-high School Support Initiaitive is well underway. Last Sunday, I had the privilege of having dinner with my young friend, Jung-young (JY). JY grew up at Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi, South Korea, and attended a nearby university to study nursing. He graduated this past March and began his career as a nurse in a hospital near Seoul, about 200 miles away from everyone he has ever known. Not knowing a single soul in his new location, JY is boldly defying stereotypes that the poor cannot succeed and that orphans cannot hold "white collar" positions. Early in his career, JY is proving himself a valuable member of the ER surgery team, and in fact, our dinner was cut short unexpectedly because he was called in to assist on an emergency operation. The doctors he works with value his diligence and competence, and we at KKOOM are also proud of his work ethic, which is serving as a great example to the younger children he grew up with in the orphanage. They now have a role model whom they can look to and realize that they too can succeed when they leave the orphanage that is raising them. With your continued support, KKOOM will continue to mentor young adults like JY and ensure that they have the resources necessary to succeed.

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Aimee Jachym

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