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.
Jan 27, 2015

Questions for KKOOM scholarship recipients

KKOOM is excited to announce that we are entering our 4th year of awarding KKOOM college scholarships to Korean young adult orphans and foster youth. We are currently recruiting applicants at the orphanages and children's homes in Korea where we volunteer, and we hope to be able to fund an all-time high of 10 college scholarships this year.

As we are recruiting applicants, we were wondering if you, our supporters of these scholarships, have any questions for the young adult recipients. Perhaps you're curious about their goals or some other facet

If you have a question you'd like to ask one of the KKOOM college scholarship applicants, please email your question to me (ajachym@kkoom.org) by February 15, 2015, and we will do our best to ask it.  Please include your full name and location, and also let us know if it's ok to publish your first name and location or whether you prefer to be anonymous.

We may use or reprint your question. KKOOM reserves the right to edit questions or refrain from asking questions we perceive as inappropriate.

Thank you for your help and support!

 

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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

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Dec 29, 2014

Access to education update (Dec 2014)

Jisu (3) has been in preschool for 2 years
Jisu (3) has been in preschool for 2 years

Many of you know that we've been able to send Korean orphan toddlers to preschool starting in the year they turn 24 months old, which is when most Korean children begin. The Korean government, however, only pays for toddlers living in orphanage homes to go when they turn 4, which is 2 years later than all of the other kids. Common sense tells us (and our intuition has been verified by our child development expert friends and volumes of unrelated studies) that the earlier children get access to education, the better off they are in the future.

We started this program about 3 years ago, and so far, we've been able to send 6 (18-month-old to 3-year-old) toddlers to preschool. Through a partnership with a local Gumi preschool, we're able to get a 50% discounted tuition rate, and it costs us about $200 per month per child for all-day preschool (8:30 am - 3:30 pm).

One of first 6 children is starting 1st grade next year in March, when the Korean school year begins. He's already shown early signs of learning disabilities, so he's also been able to receive extra help learning to read and write his alphabet. We'd like to think that, by helping go to preschool earlier than he would've otherwise been able to, some of his learning challenges may have been detected early as well.

Right now, there are two children in Gumi, South Korea attending preschool with KKOOM's support. Jisu and Suzy are both doing very well in their respective classes. Jisu, however, doesn't really like strangers. Recently, he asked his house mom to call the preschool and ask Santa not to come the next day! Santa was due to make an appearance to pass out presents. When asked if he didn't want to receive a present then, he said, "Yes, I don't want a present. Just don't let Santa come!" Suzy, on the other hand, is outgoing and likes interacting with others. She even let an international volunteer paint her face at the Christmas party last Saturday!

KKOOM also supports one toddler living in a special needs orphanage home in Daegu, South Korea and helps him receive special therapy. Minho was born with renal dysplasia (small kidneys) and has experienced stunted development. For 2.5 years, Minho lived at Samsungwon in Gumi and then was transferred to the home in Daegu earlier this year, because the Daegu facility is better equipped to support his special needs. KKOOM's financial aid helps Minho receive one-on-one sessions with occupational and educational therapists to help him on his way.

Next year, Jinyoung, now 16 months old, will start preschool in Gumi in March. He's an active little guy, and when the preschool van comes to pick up his older brothers and sisters every day, he goes out to watch. Sometimes he tries to climb in with everyone else. Soon it will be his turn too.

To ensure the long-term sustainability and success of this program, and so we can help even more Korean orphan toddlers go to preschool, please consider an additional year-end gift to support this program. Thank you for all of your generous support to-date!

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and prosperous New Year!

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
Suzy(2) has been in preschool this year.
Suzy(2) has been in preschool this year.
Minho (3) extra therapy help.
Minho (3) extra therapy help.
Jinyoung (16 mos) will go to preschool in March.
Jinyoung (16 mos) will go to preschool in March.
Oct 22, 2014

KKOOM College Kids: Fall 2014 Update

Fall 2014 College Scholarship Recipients
Fall 2014 College Scholarship Recipients

Our five KKOOM college scholarship recipients are already in the midst of taking their midterm exams for the fall semester. Here's brief update from each of them.

  • Jindong  (upper left), management major, is worried about raising his overall grade point average, so he says he'll be studying extra hard this semester.
  • Yoonjung (upper left) was appointed student head of her major (special educaiton), so she is enjoying the new leadership experience.
  • Junghye (center) says she's always wanted to learn about wigs and hair extensions, and this semester she has a class devoted to that topic! (Let us know if you want us to have you do your hair the next time you're in Korea. She did mine, and it turned out great!)
  • Sunghee (bottom left) is anticipating getting much better grades this semester now that's better adjusted to college life and the new academic challenges.
  • Jaeho (bottom right) is in his last semester of his Masters of Divinity program, so he is busy writing his thesis and looking forward to graduation.

Thank you for your continued support of their studies and future success!


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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

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