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(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers

by Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers
J.S.
J.S.

This spring, three Korean toddlers, who live at an orphanage in Gumi (about three hours south of Seoul), are able to attend preschool thanks to your individual financial support. The Korean government does not provide funding for toddlers who live in orphanages to go to preschool until they are 4, but curiously, the government does pay for non-orphans to go to preschool as soon as the parents are willing to send them. KKOOM first recognized this need gap several years ago, and since then we've been able to help 2 and 3 year-old Korean orphans go to preschool.

Two of the three toddlers attending preschool this semester with KKOOM's support are S.H. and J.H., whom we've written about previously. Their house mothers have reported that both are doing well, both at preschool and at home.

Starting in March, KKOOM sent our 10th toddler to preschool in Korea. J.S. is almost 2 years old and has been living at the orphanage since January (his family background is unknown to us at this time). His house mother at the orphanage says that J.S. seems timid at first but definitely makes his opinions known! He likes playing with balls, cars and his stuffed rabbit toy. He is a good eater, and especially likes apples. J.S. By going to preschool, J.S.'s house mother hopes that he can learn to get along well with his new classmate friends and have fun.

So far, it sounds like J.S. has been doing just that. Everyone at the preschool says that J.S. has been adjusting well and making new friends. His house mother said, "Thank you so much to KKOOM and all of KKOOM's supporters. Without you, J.S. wouldn't be able to go to preschool for 2 more years, and I don't know what we would have done."

In our next report, we'll let you know how J.S.'s first semester at preschool was and share with you any new developments about our preschool for Korean orphan toddlers program. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments you'd like to share, we'd love to hear from you!  Thank you so much for your generous support!

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J.H., age 2
J.H., age 2

This fall we have two 2-year-old toddlers, J.H. and S.H., attending preschool with KKOOM's support. We asked their orphanage house mothers to tell us a little about them and comment on how going to preschool has had an impact on their lives. Here's what the house moms had to say:

"J.H. has a bright and charming personality. He is playful and generally healthy. He has a lot of curiosity, shows a few signs of greediness and is also surprisingly easily scared. Going to preschool has helped J.H. meet a lot of new friends his age, and he is no longer bored. He has been able to have a lot of new experiences and is also learning life skills and rules, which are helpful for his development. J.H. especially likes music and dancing. He is also a good eater and likes to copy what his older house brothers do, mimicing their actions. I'm very thankful to KKOOM's supporters for giving J.H. the opportunity to attend preschool."

"S.H. is introverted, but he is also bright and kind. S.H. was neglected prior to coming to our home, and unfortunately, he still shows signs of that abuse. However, attending preschool has helped him get better. For instance, S.H. had severe separation anxiety, but going to preschool has helped him get used to others and make friends with other toddlers his age.  He also suffered from a lack of affection prior to coming to our home, but attending preschool has helped him by receing a lot of attention from his teachers and other friends there. When he is with his other house brothers, S.H. is docile and likes to play. He especially likes looking at picture books with animals and foods. He also likes music and singing songs. I can honestly say that S.H. has improved quite a bit by the opportunity KKOOM has given him to go to preschool, and I think he will continue to do even better in the future. Thank you."

As you can see, your support is making a lasting impact on the these two children's lives by enabling them to attend preschool two years earlier than they would otherwise be able to go. We hope that you will consider continuing to support our work in the future so we can help even more toddlers gain access to early childhood educational opportunities.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions about our work. Thank you.

 

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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
S.H., age 2
S.H., age 2

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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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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
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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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JY has many cute and curious faces!
JY has many cute and curious faces!

In the fall of 2011, we discovered that 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, we began sending 2 and 3 year olds to preschool at a discounted tuition rate. To date, we've been able to send 7 children to preschool two years earlier than they would otherwise be able to attend without KKOOM fund.

The most recent KKOOM preschool child is JY. He arrived at Samsungwon when he was about 2 months old. He was abandoned on the steps of a nearby hospital and is one of the few "true orphans" at Samsungwon. At first he was very malnourished, but once he began eating regularly and growing healthily, his house mom at Samsungwon discovered that he was quite an active little baby with a lot of curiosity.

Previously, we sent children to preschool beginning at 24 months, but given JY's rapid development, we decided to send him to preschool at 20 months this March. We were a little worried about how he would adjust, but he was very excited to ride in the preschool van with the other older children from the orphanage when it came to pick him on the first day. Ever since then, he has enjoyed riding in the van.

As a result of attending preschool, JY has learned the names of animals, types of cars, and other common items. He's also good at putting together blocks, like Duplos. At preschool, JY also has the opportunity to meet other toddlers his age and learn how to play together.

If JY did not have the opportunity to go to preschool, he would spend the weekdays at home with the Samsungwon staff and would not get to interact with others his age. His house mother predicts that JY would not know nearly as many words and would be behind others his age when the time finally came for him to go to school. After seeing JY and others to go to preschool with KKOOM's support, JY's house mother says she can't imagine how bored JY would be if he had to stay at home all day.

Starting next month, in January 2016, we will send another 20-month-old toddler to preschool. We look forward to sharing more information about him in our next update. 

As always, thank you for your support to KKOOM through GlobalGiving. We appreciate not only your financial gifts, but also your encouragement and participation in our work. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Happy 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
JY is now 28 months old.
JY is now 28 months old.
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