[KKOOM] Support for young adult Korean orphans

 
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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 ajachym@kkoom.org. ! Thank you! Aimee

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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.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19th is BONUS DAY on GlobalGiving.org, and KKOOM will receive a 30% match from GlobalGiving for all gifts made on that day. Please consider a timely gift on Wednesday, October 19th.

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

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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