Oct 8, 2018

Giving Hope and Making Dreams Possible - Fall 2018

KKOOM/Oak Tree Project College Scholars, Summer 18
KKOOM/Oak Tree Project College Scholars, Summer 18

Even with the odds against YongHoon and Se-Hee, they are both thriving to succeed in their collegiate career. YongHoon is in his last semester at Cyber World University majoring in Social Welfare. An article based off the American online education system stated that students who enroll in an institution that is fully online are less likely to earn the proper credentials within eight years compared to students at other types of colleges. Se-Hee is in her second semester at Gumi University studying Hotel Tourism. During my Korea travels this summer to Samsungwon Orphanage’s camping trip, I found out that a lower percentage of female orphans attend college. They are more likely to go straight into the workforce, more often in countries abroad.

Despite their different career paths, YongHoon and Se-Hee are in fields focused on service, whether that is providing social welfare services to children or providing hospitality in the hotel industry.  Five years from now, Yonghoon hopes to work with orphan children at Emmanuel Children’s Home, which is another orphanage KKOOM supports financially in Gimcheon. Currently in his last semester, Yonghoon’s overall GPA is a 4.22 showing his dedication to his studies. Your donation to fund college scholarships helps YongHoon pay for his living expenses this semester. He promises to continue studying faithfully until the last day at his university.

Se-Hee had a busy summer studying English with special lectures and participated in the cocktail competition at the Chiemak Festival. Congratulations to Se-Hee on winning an award at the cocktail competition! She is using her scholarship funds to help reimburse herself for the cocktail competition supplies she purchased. “I dream of one day working at Hilton Hotel.” It’s evident that Se-Hee is trying very hard to gain exposure in competitions, festivals, and special lectures so she can make her dream come true.

Your dollars are making a difference in the lives of these two scholars each and every day. You are paving a path of success so they can positively impact other children and international guests. As you have blessed them with your giving, they in return are blessing others with their gifts, talents, and skills. Thank you for sharing hope and making YongHoon and Se-Hee’s dreams possible.

With gratitude,

Grace Lee, Chief Administrator

YongHoon, senior majoring in Social Welfare
YongHoon, senior majoring in Social Welfare
Se-Hee (right), 1st year majoring in Hotel Tourism
Se-Hee (right), 1st year majoring in Hotel Tourism
Sep 11, 2018

Interview with HyungJun's House Mom - Fall 2018

HyungJun w/ his house mom during the camping trip
HyungJun w/ his house mom during the camping trip

Last summer, a new orphan child named HyungJun arrived in July 2017. Being one years old (two years old in Korean age), he was underdeveloped physically for an average child at his age. Within the first three months of being nourished at Samsungwon Orphanage, his first teeth came through.

After living at the orphanage for one full year, HyungJun is physically healthy at two years old (three years old in Korean age) and just experienced his first annual summer trip with the Samsungwon children. In the photo above, HyungJun’s house mom is holding him in between water splashing at the camping trip. We recently asked his house mom to answer a few questions about how HyungJun is doing and if he enjoys preschool. You can read her answers translated in English below.

Please describe your child’s personality.

  • HyungJun is shy with unfamiliar people, but he’s opened up more compared to last year. He likes to play outside and is very active.

What effect does the preschool education have on HyungJun? How has it influenced him?

  • Going to preschool helps him develop socially through his peers and toddler play time.

What are your child’s strength and talents?

  • I do not know very well yet, but when music comes out, he enjoys to dance, and playing ball with the kick-board is good.

Please leave any other comments.

  • Thank you for helping HyunJun through his dreams.

After traveling to South Korea twice for KKOOM activities, I have seen first-hand the joy HyunJun carries around him when he hears music playing. Your kind generosity helps him succeed in different facets of his life. Thank you for playing a part in supporting HyungJun to grow academically, physically, mentally, and musically through some dancing beats.

We appreciate what you do to improve HyunJun’s life every single day. Getting HyungJun one step closer to achieving his dreams is possible thanks to you.

With gratitude,

Grace Lee, Chief Administrator

#Throwback - HyungJun last year in July 2017
#Throwback - HyungJun last year in July 2017

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Jul 10, 2018

Believing In Her Dreams, Interview with Se-Hee

Se-Hee, a 1st year student at Gumi University
Se-Hee, a 1st year student at Gumi University

Se-Hee is a KKOOM scholarship recipient at Gumi University who just completed her first semester in college. In late May, while she studied Hotel Tourism, we asked her to update us on her studies and how she’s enjoying school. We hope you enjoy hearing directly from Se-Hee about her college experiences so far (translated from Korean to English).

1. Have you achieved your beginning-of-the-semester goal?

  • Though I did not achieve it perfectly, I have studied 30 English sentences and words per week and I am trying to achieve my goal in the future.

2. What is your favorite thing about this semester?

  • I participated in a festival where I made and sold coffee and fruit ade drinks. It was a meaningful and good experience. [Photos from the festival are below] 

3. How do you spend your free time?

  • I participate in school events and conferences to continue practicing what I am learning.

4. What is your favorite class and why?

  • Barista class. It is interesting to learn about coffee and brew coffee directly.

5. How has this semester’s increase in scholarship money (500,000 KRW to 750,000 KRW), helped you?

  • I am in a special certification course, practicing with written materials to achieve a level of English certification. The increase in scholarship funds allowed me to purchase supplies for this certification.

6. Do you have anything you would like to say to your “dream” group supporters?

  • Thank you very much for your help and support every semester. I still have a lot of English to learn, but I will study hard and I want to thank Grace and KKOOM supporters for everything.

We’re grateful to share how diligently See-Hee works both inside and outside the classroom. We are very proud of Se-Hee’s investment in her education, dedication to study English, and application of her classroom studies to real life experiences.

Thank you for believing in Se-Hee by continuing to support KKOOM’s Scholarship Program.

KKOOM and I are grateful to you!

-Grace Lee

Chief Administrator

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