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.
May 29, 2012

English Immersion Opportunities for Korean Orphans

Since the last update, we've been busy on the ground here in South Korea creating more opportunities for Korean orphans to have English immersion opportunities right here at orphanages in South Korea. For instance, in June, we'll have to English summer carnivals at two orphanages in Gyeongbuk Province, and in August, we'll have a 10-day immersion program for English-speaking volunteers to come live and serve at an orphanage. These programs are making it possible for Korean orphans who may never otherwise have the opportunity to travel abroad to interact firsthand with English speakers from around the world and learn about world cultures. Having conducted these carnival and volunteer stay programs numerous times over the past year or so, we've found that the kids at orphanages are being inspired to learn English and apply what they are learning at school in English class. Inspiring the kids to like learning English is a first step in helping them see a future outside of the orphanages that are raising them. With your continued support, KKOOM intends to continue opening doors and creating paths for kids in orphanages to have opportunities for global encounters and, eventually, travels abroad.

Feb 22, 2012

Update from Emmanuel Children's Home

This week, KKOOM is hosting the second volunteer stay program at Emmanuel Children's Home, an orphanage in Gimcheon, South Korea. We hosted the first stay program here last August.

The reality of children living in orphanages is that many of them will never get to experience international travel firsthand. However, we believe that these children deserve opportunities to gain a global perspective and spur their interest in developing their own educational passions.

To that end, we have assembled a great team of volunteers to spend the week living with the 110 kids here at Emmanuel. These volunteers are teaching the kids English, encouraging them to think critically, and helping them to articulate their personal dreams and goals. The theme of this week is "dream," which is what "kkoom" means in Korean.

Your gifts and investment in KKOOM's International Education initiative via GlobalGiving are helping to make this week possible. You can read updates from the stay program at Emmanuel on our volunteer blog here: http://www.kkoom.org/category/blog

Thank you for your support!

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Nov 22, 2011

Education for the little ones too

Since our last update to you, we discovered that many of the preschool-aged children at orphanages in Korea are being delayed for entry into preschool and kindergarten because of new budget restrictions set by the local government offices. KKOOM's focus has been on providing access to education for kids at orphanages in Korea, and we believe that education must start with the youngest of the children. Therefore, we are happy to let you know that Donghyuk, age 3, is now attending preschool on a daily basis thanks to your donations. There, he is learning the ABCs and other basics that will help ensure that his educational career gets off to a solid start at such a young age. In January, KKOOM will also provide financial support for Gaeun, now age 2, to also attend preschool. Gaeun is exceptionally bright for her age and already knows about half of the English alphabet, thanks to the efforts of KKOOM volunteers who play with and teach her English through songs and other media on a regular basis. We are grateful for your ongoing support and invite you to visit our website for more information about KKOOM. Thank you!

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