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.
Jun 20, 2014

Update on KKOOM College Students

2014 KKOOM Scholarship Recipients
2014 KKOOM Scholarship Recipients

Three of our five KKOOM college scholarship recipients just finished their first year semesters in college, and we wanted to use this update to let them introduce themselves. Here are their firsthand biographies.*


Yoonjung, Gumi University, first year, early childhood special education major

I decided on my major because I want to be able to share the love and grace I received while growing up in a children’s welfare institution with others. The pain and challenges I’ve overcome inspire me to want to help others do the same.

Upon entering my first semester in college, I was most looking forward to making new friends, experiencing a new environment, and learning new things on my way toward adulthood.

The KKOOM scholarship helped out with my daily living expenses and gave me some extra margin to enjoy myself a little.

At the moment, my dream is to become a social worker. Others tell me that I have a strong sense of responsibility, and I enjoy helping others.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, so I’ve always enjoyed going to the library to borrow books.


Sunghee, Korea Polytechnics Gumi University, first year, electronics major

I wanted to study electronics, which I had exposure to in high school, along with something else, and automated systems was a good fit.

In my first semester, I was most curious about how quickly I would adapt to college life. I was really looking forward to it and really nervous at the same time.

I’ve been saving money from my part-time job to pay for my living expenses, but the KKOOM scholarship has covered all of my textbooks and study aids, which I would’ve otherwise had to take care of on my own.

My dream is to enter a large company after graduation. I enjoy making and assembling things, so I hope to enter a suitable profession in the manufacturing realm.

On a personal note, I really enjoy soccer, even though I am not especially good. I am especially looking forward to the 2014 World Cup.


Junghye, Gyeongbuk Science University, first year, professional cosmetology major

Ever since I was young, I wanted to become a make-up artist and a hair designer. After graduation from high school, I received my hair dresser’s license and began working as a stylist in a salon. After nearly 10 years, I decided to go back to school to get my professional cosmetology degree and license in make-up design.

Returning to school allows me to learn about so much more than just hair. I’ll also be studying health and beauty generally in addition to make up and body art.

The KKOOM Scholarship will cover some of my school expenses and license exam fees.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, so whenever I have a chance, I like to visit the mountains or the ocean. I also enjoy reading.

Whenever I get the opportunity to make someone feel beautiful, I feel an overwhelming sense of happiness.


Wednesday, June 25th is Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day. It starts at 12:00 PM Noon EDT and goes for 24-hours or until funds run out. All donations to this project will be matched at 100%! Please consider giving generously on YouthSpark Bonus Day!

Thank you for your continued support! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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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

*Biographies translated from Korean to English by Aimee Jachym.

May 30, 2014

Thank you for your support~!

Thanks to the generosity of our GlobalGiving donors like you, the children of Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi, South Korea, have benefitted from new furniture for their bedrooms. Thanks to you, many of the children get to sleep in beds for the first time, and they have their own dresser drawers and wardrobes. This sense of personal, private ownership instills pride in the children and has brought a lot of smiles. When the furniture first arrived, the kids said, "Wow! It's so pretty!" and "Our room is so much better now!" 

What a big difference you've made by your giving!

At this point, we don't have any more furniture projects on the horizon, so we are going to close this project to further funding on GlobalGiving. However, you can still keep in touch with us via our other projects here on GlobalGiving. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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May 5, 2014

Meet Suzy

Suzy
Suzy

Suzy* came to Samsungwon when she was 14 months old along with her 2-year-old brother. Up until that point, her father had been "raising" them in his one-room apartment. The social welfare workers who brought Suzy and her brother to the children's home believed that the father would leave the children home alone for several hours at a time while he went away to work. When they arrived, they had a lot of bruises and looked under-nourished. They had only the clothes they were wearing.

At the time, KKOOM provided some funding so that Suzy and her brother could get some new clothing, and we also purchased strollers for both of them, since they were both so young.

Fast forward another year, and Suzy is now in preschool, thanks to your help -- and so is her brother. Here's a brief write-up from Suzy's "house mom," Ms. Kim.

Suzy's personality is bright and docile. She can be introverted and stubborn at times. However, she gets along well with others, laughing often, and she is healthy. Attending preschool gives her the opportunity to play with children her own age and develop socially and cognitively. She also has the chance to learn language and life skills with others. Because Suzy lives in a children's home, she isn't eligible (for government funding) to go to preschool yet, but thanks to KKOOM's help, she is able to attend preschool with other children her age.
Thanks to the generous support of donors like you, Suzy and three other children, ages 2 and 3 attend preschool, even though the Korean government doesn't provided funding for Korean orphans to go to preschool until they turn 4. By giving them early access to education, we are ensuring that they are getting a solid foundation for their future development, and we're doing our part to eliminate the barriers they face as they grow up in an orphanage.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you for your help.
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" is a pseudonym. 

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