(KKOOM) Early education for Korean orphan toddlers

by Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission Vetted since 2010
(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
Jay loves to sing and dance!
Jay loves to sing and dance!

Through your generosity, KKOOM has funded preschool education for 11 toddlers. KKOOM provides a scholarship for two and three year olds in children’s homes to help minimize the educational gap for them. Early education prepares children to be constant learners and to gain valuable life skills. We are excited to have one new preschool scholar starting in March 2019!

Jay is 23 months old and arrived at Emmanuel Children’s Home just four months after his birth. He has a gentle spirit - he doesn’t cry much and eats healthy on his own. While he’s generally mild-mannered, he loves to dance to music. It’s beautiful how young toddlers connect to the rhythm of music. He dances like nobody's watching - just pure bliss.

Not only does Jay like to dance, but he loves to sing! Research shows that singing has similar health benefits as exercise. When you sing, your body releases endorphins and you experience pleasure. Your body also releases the hormone oxytocin while singing, which helps relieve stress and anxiety. Singing is a positive way for Jay to freely express himself without any worries. We hope that as Jay grows, he realizes the power of his voice and confidently pursues his dreams.

At a very young age, structured social interactions are important for children’s healthy development. In preschool, Jay will learn to build strong social and emotional skills such as learning how to express himself and use teamwork to play with other children. Jay will also learn how to cooperate with others through play time and shared meals. Interactions with other children will help develop Jay’s creativity and will provide positive reinforcement in a community setting outside of the children’s home.

Thank you for giving Jay a safe learning environment to grow emotionally, academically, and physically. We appreciate your investment in the lives of Korean at-risk children. KKOOM is grateful for your dedication to uplift the younger generation who will be tomorrow’s leaders.

HyungJun at Samsungwon
HyungJun at Samsungwon's Camping Trip-summer 2018

Thanks to your generous support, HyungJun attended preschool in 2018 as a KKOOM scholar. Being three years old, he’s always dancing when he hears music and his house mother said he’s starting to speak. He has grown so much physically and socially since his arrival at Samsungwon Orphanage in July 2017. 

Starting in spring 2019, KKOOM could be sponsoring another toddler to attend preschool. KKOOM is communicating with the staff at Emmanuel Children’s Home to figure out the logistics. We wanted to provide you better insight on how KKOOM sponsors a toddler to attend preschool.

When a new toddler arrives at Samsungwon or Emmanuel, KKOOM provides Welcome Boost Funds of approximately $125 to help purchase clothing and basic necessities for the child. If the child is old enough to start school, KKOOM works closely with the orphanage staff to finalize details. We send a few questions to his/her house mother so we better know the child. The orphanage staff pick a preschool in the area and depending on the time of year, we plan for the child to start the next semester.

In the coming year, KKOOM plans on being able to support both HyungJun and the child at Emmanuel to attend preschool. It costs approximately $333 a month. Your support gives us hope that we can continue improving the lives of Korean children through an education. Nelson Mandela says, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”

Thank you for changing this world, one day at a time, by investing in our KKOOM preschool scholars.

With gratitude,

Grace Lee, Chief Administrator

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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"I love playing with toy cars"
"I love playing with toy cars"

In July 2017, HyungJun arrived to Samswungwon Orphanage when he was 11 months old. Now he’s almost 2 years old, and he’s enjoyed being the youngest child at the orphanage in Gumi, South Korea. Thanks to KKOOM supporters, HyungJun is also thriving in preschool.

For this update, we wanted to ask him some questions to get to know him better. Here are HyungJun’s answers to the questions we posed to him (full disclosure: his house mom helped him answer!)

  1. What do you like to do the most?
    • "I like to play outside and I like to play various games such as dolls."
  2. What is your favorite food? What food don’t you like?
    • "I like all food! I especially like fruits such as oranges, strawberries, grapes, and bananas."
  3. Describe your personality.
    • "I am very active but a bit stubborn."
  4. What is your biggest change or improvement since coming to Samsungwon?? His health, becoming less shy
    • "When I first came in July 2017, I was underweight. But now, I’m maintaining a normal weight for a toddler my age. My overall physical development is similar now to my peers."
  5. What do you  like to learn and do?
    • "I like to go to preschool and play games that are age appropriate for my age group."

HyungJun loves playing with toys, whether it’s a toy car, or Beyblade spinners (picture of him in the red bucket below). He’s hoping to hit the jackpot looking for treasure in the sandbox at Samsungwon Orphanage. Playing doctor with the other children is something he enjoys. We’ll take a wild guess that he loves spaghetti too. Lastly, he’s curiously checking out the photos in his book along with the other toddlers at preschool.

HyungJun weighed just 16 pounds when he came to Samsungwon a year ago, and now, he is a healthy baby surrounded by a positive loving environment thanks to the staff and other children in his orphanage family. Although it’s a non-traditional environment, we’re happy to report that he has the stability, love, and care he needs to have a brighter future than he had prior to coming to the orphanage.

We thank you for investing in HyungJun to help him get an early start to his education by supporting our preschool scholarship program.  KKOOM is grateful for your generosity! Let’s continue improving the lives of South Korean orphans together.

 

Sincerely,

Grace Lee

Chief Administrator

"I enjoy spinning Beyblade Tops"
"I enjoy spinning Beyblade Tops"
"Found the lucky treasure!"
"Found the lucky treasure!"
"The Doctor is here. How can I help you?"
"The Doctor is here. How can I help you?"
"Yummy!"
"Yummy!"
"Reading is so much fun."
"Reading is so much fun."

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HyungJun enjoying his new toy car from Christmas
HyungJun enjoying his new toy car from Christmas

When KKOOM’s Chief Administrator traveled to South Korea in December 2017 to plan our annual Christmas parties at Samsungwon Orphanage and Emmanuel Children’s Home, she was most excited to meet the children. Leading up to this trip, the only thing she knew about them were information submitted in applications by their house mothers and photos of the children. Since her winter 2017 travels was her first business trip to Korea as Chief Administrator, she highly anticipated spending quality time at the orphanages.

The week of the Christmas party for 54 children at Samsungwon Orphanage, Grace spent time playing with the children in their individual homes, including our preschool scholar, HyungJun. HyungJun is 19 months old and arrived at Samsungwon in July 2018, weighing about 5 pounds below the average weight of a one year old. He is now thriving in a positive environment.

He loves to shake, shake, shake as he dances to music beats. There was pure joy on his face as he moved up and down to the music, while simultaneously clapping (the boy has rhythm!) Being shy is a part of his personality trait. Typically the only people he allows to hold him is his house mom and the boys who live in the same home. By the second day at the orphanage, Grace was able to hold HyungJun; the staff and his house mom said it was a breakthrough to see him opening up to an unfamiliar face in such a short time.

Although he had a cold during Grace’s visit (it was peak season for the flu), he was in good spirits. He rested peacefully as his house mom held him. While he did shed some crying tears when he received his Christmas gift from Santa, we absolutely love the photo of him on his new toy car that was purchased by our Chief Administrator sponsoring his wish list item through her personal expenses.

HyungJun is dearly loved at Samsungwon Orphanage. The older boys in his home take care of him with strong responsibility, greeting him immediately as they came home from school and wanting to hold him.

Without you, KKOOM could not send HyungJun to preschool. Thank you very much for helping to enrich his life. You play a direct role in supporting his education. As he continues to be supported at the orphanage by staff, house moms, and the other children at Samsungwon, we are grateful you are investing in the lives of toddlers like HyungJun.

With gratitude, 

Grace Lee, Chief Administrator

HyungJun is loved at Samsungwon (youngest child).
HyungJun is loved at Samsungwon (youngest child).
 

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Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission

Location: Portage, MI - USA
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Project Leader:
Aimee Jachym
President
Portage, MI United States

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