Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission

We are organized to improve and enrich the lives of children living in orphanages and group homes in South Korea; to support these youth after they leave the institutions and start their own lives by providing post-high-school-graduation education, support services, and resources; to aid the institutions and staff that devote their resources to the upbringing of these youth and spread awareness and build compassion for these children.
Jul 20, 2016

KKOOM's 9th Toddler Attends Preschool

J.H., 21 mos., started preschool last month
J.H., 21 mos., started preschool last month

In June, J.H., now 21 months old, started preschool thanks to your help. He is the 9th toddler to attend preschool thanks to KKOOM's early education program for Korean orphan toddlers, which is funded by GlobalGiving supporters.

We asked J.H.'s house mom at Samsungwon, the orphanage, where he lives to give us a little background about him. She says that he's bright and laughs a lot, enjoying running and playing in addition to music. He likes to dance and smile. J.H., his house mom says, is rather fearless and is good at imitating other people's actions and shows a lot of curiousity about others. At first he is shy around new people, but he warms up to them pretty quickly.

He was bored staying at the orphanage home all day long, while the other kids went to school. In fact, he was so bored and curious that at 19 months old, he found his way into the toilet on a few occassions, splashing around for just a brief moment before he his house mother promptly removed and scolded him! We are hoping that an upcoming trip to a water park and another riverside excursion will give him the opportunity to enjoy swimming in the proper kind of water!

In any event, now that J.H. is going to preschool five days a week, he is learning to get along with other kids his age, since he is the only toddler in his orphanage room. He is adjusting to the preschool rules and routines--which was a bit of a challenge at first!--and experiencing many new things through the activities and lessons at preschool.

Without this program, toddlers like J.H. would have to stay at the orphanage home, without going to preschool, for a full 2 more years, until they are about 48 months old. It is clear that J.H.'s development is being irreversibly affected for the better thanks to starting him off in preschool at the same time as his peers (non-orphans typically begin attending preschool in the year in which they turn 2 years old). 

We wouldn't be able to do this work without your support, so thank you for your gifts to KKOOM via GlobalGiving. As always, if you have any questions about our work, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

 

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AIMEE J. JACHYM | Co-founder & President
(e) ajachym@kkoom.org | (skype/kakao) aimeeimnida
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KOREAN KIDS AND ORPHANAGE OUTREACH MISSION (KKOOM)
Improving the lives of Korean orphans through outreach and education
P.O. Box 973, Portage, MI, USA 49081 | (us-tel) + 1-269-340-0430
J.H. is an active little guy!
J.H. is an active little guy!
Waiting for the preschool van to go to school!
Waiting for the preschool van to go to school!

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Apr 21, 2016

Spring 2016 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients

1st row: Mingyu, Eunbi; 2nd row: JD, Chambit
1st row: Mingyu, Eunbi; 2nd row: JD, Chambit

 

Since 2011, KKOOM has been helping young adults who grew up in Korean orphanages go to college by providing scholarships and mentoring support. This spring, we provided support for four young adults, whom we'll introduce below. The students receive approximately $500 US per semester to help offset their living expenses and buy textbooks, provided that they are making adequate progress toward their degrees. 

In addition to support from KKOOM, Korean orphans can receive college scholarships from a variety of Korean agencies, which is how tuition and living spenses are covered for most. Unfortunately, however, some of the scholarship applications require affidavits from legal parents regarding financial circumstances, which makes it almost impossible for kids who grew up in orphanages to obtain the scholarships, since they often do not have contact with their legal parents. As KKOOM becomes more aware of these kinds of barriers, we work with the students and their orphanage caretakers to try to find other means of support, including increasing our scholarship amounts on a case by case basis.

Here's some more about this semester's KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients.

JD, 4th year at Pusan National University, Major: Business Management. After taking a year off from his studies to focus on improving his English, JD has returned for his last year of bachelor's degree studies. This semester, he is looking forward to taking more classes in his minor, sociology, and also focusing his plans for his job search. In the winter months, JD took a series of English tests and obtained favorable scores, which will be helpful for his job applications. Above all else, JD hopes to improve his grade point average in his final year so that he can have the best credentials possible on his resume.

 

Eunbi, 2nd year at Gumi College, Major: Childcare. Last semester, Eunbi was appointed the student head of her major, and through that opportunity, she gained a lot of new experiences, including helping put on a large exhibition at the college. At the same time, however, these duties put a lot of stress on her, she told us, so unfortunately, she didn't have much time for herself or for meeting her friends. Over the winter vacation, though, she was able to balance out her workload, and she also spent some time working as an assistant teacher at the college's affilated preschool. In five years, she hopes to be happily married and also enjoying her career as a preschool teacher.

 

Mingyu, 1st year at Gumi College, Major: Hospitality and Cooking. Mingyu hopes to become a hotel chef, so he decided to go to college to improve his chances of landing his ideal job. In his free time, he likes to exercise, and he hopes to travel more in the future. Mingyu has always enjoyed cooking, so he is looking forward to doing more of that in college, and also looking forward to meeting new friends.

Chambit, 1st year at Gumi Polytechnic College, Major: Applied Computing. Chambit like computer games, soccer, working out and listening to music. He is a rather quiet and reserved young man, but kind to all who get to know him. In his first year in college, he hopes to learn more about the various careers available to him based on his chosen major and better develop his future plans. He plans to study hard to get good grades.

All four of these college students are extremely grateful for your support, as are we. As always, if you have any questions or comments about our work, I invite you to contact me directly.

Best regards,

Aimee

 

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AIMEE J. JACHYM | Co-founder & President
(e) ajachym@kkoom.org | (skype/kakao) aimeeimnida
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KOREAN KIDS AND ORPHANAGE OUTREACH MISSION (KKOOM)
Improving the lives of Korean orphans through outreach and education
P.O. Box 973, Portage, MI, USA 49081 | (us-tel) + 1-269-340-0430
Apr 20, 2016

Introducing SH, another KKOOM preschool toddler!

SH started preschool in Jan. 2016.
SH started preschool in Jan. 2016.

As you likely know, if you've been supporting this project for sometime, toddlers ages 2 and 3 (international age) living in Korean orphanages are unable to attend preschool because the government does not provide funding until the children turn 4. With the help of a local preschool in Gumi, KKOOM began sending 2 and 3 year olds to preschool at a discounted tuition rate using funds raised here on GlobalGiving.

In this project report, we are delighted to introduce you to the 8th KKOOM preschool toddler, SH, who will soon turn 2 years old (US age). He began preschool, thanks to your support, in January 2016 when he reached 20 months old.

SH arrived in the orphanage in February 2015 along with two older siblings and quickly proved that he was quite intelligent and curious. His caretaker wanted to send him to preschool at the earliest opportunity due to his inquistive nature and the fact that he was bored at the orphanage home all day after the older children left for school. He would frequently go into his orphanage siblings' bedrooms, pull out their belongings, look for new things, and make a mess, just out of sheer boredom. 

Sending SH to preschool gives him much needed access to peers his age, and he has been able to make friends and receive positive attention from kind and caring teachers at the preschool. Like many other kids, who come to orphanages due to unfortunate circumstances, SH lacks certain basic social skills, which are typically built in a loving environment. 

SH's caretaker shares that SH is introverted and shy, but one he warms up to you, he shows his playful and cute side, including dancing and waving actively. SH's caretaker reports that SH is always happy to go to preschool when the van arrives in the morning. His teacher at the preschool says that he is eager to learn new things, clearly a smart little guy. Additionally, SH has started talking now that he is attending preschool, and we think this is just the first of many developments to come as SH continues preschool for the next 4.5 years.

We can't change the circumstances that brought kids like SH to orphanages in Korea (in SH's case, parental abuse), but we can certainly, with your help, change their outcomes. With much needed care, attention, and education, we are hopeful that kids like SH can have a positive future and grow up to be loving and contributing members of society.

KKOOM certainly could not do this work without your generous financial support and ongoing interest, so we're extremely grateful that you took the time to read this update. If you have any questions or comments, I invite you to contact me directly. Thank you so much for your trust and gifts.

Regards,

Aimee

 

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AIMEE J. JACHYM | Co-founder & President
(e) ajachym@kkoom.org | (skype/kakao) aimeeimnida
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
KOREAN KIDS AND ORPHANAGE OUTREACH MISSION (KKOOM)
Improving the lives of Korean orphans through outreach and education
P.O. Box 973, Portage, MI, USA 49081 | (us-tel) + 1-269-340-0430
 
   

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