[KKOOM] Support for young adult Korean orphans

by Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission
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.


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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.

Thanks to your support, four (4) college students who grew up at Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi, South Korea, have been awarded college scholarships from KKOOM. Each scholarship is worth approximately $500 USD and will help the students pay for expenses like books and housing. The scholarships are renewable for each semester the students are enrolled in college as full-time students.

Here's a brief list of this semester's scholarship recipients and what they're studying:

  • Freshman, female, social welfare
  • Freshman, male, electronics
  • Junior, male, business mangement
  • 3rd-year grad student, male, master's of divinity

Our next report will include a more detailed update about these students and their progress. Thank you for your continued support.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me directly! 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

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Fall 2013 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients
Fall 2013 KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients

This fall KKOOM was able to award college scholarships of approximately $500 USD (500,000 Korean won) to 5 students who grew up in a Korean orphanage. The students use these funds to off-set their educational costs and pay for things like dormitory expenses, lab fees, and extra curriculars.

One of the students no longer has to commute 1.5 hours each way to school where he is studying for a Master's in Divinity. Instead, he can just live in the campus dormitory Monday through Friday. He still comes home on the weekends because he is an assistant pastor at his local church, which is attended by many of the same kids he grew up with in the orphanage.

Another student is using her KKOOM scholarship money to help pay her bills in her small off-campus apartment. She's in her last semester of nursing school and is enjoying the freedom of living on her own and having a little extra money to got out to eat and hang out with friends in her limited free time.

As always, if you have questions, you may contact me directly at ajachym [at] kkoom [dot] org.

Thank you for your support!

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Thank you for your support of KKOOM's Post-High School Support Initiative via GlobalGiving. The project helps support young adults after they leave the Korean orphanages in which they grew up.

I recently received the email, below, from JinDong, one of our five college scholarship recipients. JinDong is a sophomore in business management at Pusan National University. He grew up at Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi, South Korea. A year ago, JinDong barely spoke English, so as you can see, he's made a lot of progress. 



Editor's Note: JinDong's email is unedited, except for editorial remarks in brackets to aid with understanding.

Hello, How have you been?

I'm JinDong Kim.

I'm sorry to e-mail you so late.

Because My last email was sent one year ago.

This semester(2013-1) was not bad for me.

I participated international marketing strategy competition that was holded by Caffebene [a Korean company].

I devoted lots of time for it with my teammates, but we were eliminated in the competition.

However, I got some experiences from it.

I'm not satisfied of my grade of this semester.

I think I must try harder in next semester.

And I attend English academy(YBM) thesedays at no cost thanks to (I cannot translate this word to English). [a Korean organization that supports youth development]

I study TOEIC [a standardized test, like TOEFL] at there, but it isn't easy.

Particularly, at listening part, pronunciations of England and Australia are so difficult. Because I am habituated to American pronunciation.

And I teach poor elementary school students in the capacity of mentor.

My university runs lots of mentoring program. (that is, university student teach poor elementary, middle or high school student, the mentoring program I take part in is one of these programs)

The reason that I take part in this program is that I received a lot of helps from various people including you. Likewise, I think I should oblige something to poor others.

Although I don't give some money to others, I can help them as a teacher. I think That is a way to help them to achieve their goals. It is valuable.

Thanks to you, I am always able to study in university well.

I always thank you and Father God. It is natural I always thank my mother[JinDong refers to his house mother at Samsungwon as his real mother].

From now on, I will study and try more than before for my goal.

I attempted to write email in English. I think my English ability isn't good, but I tried. When you read this email, You will be able to catch some or many error in grammar. But I wish that you will understand this email without difficulty.

I'll email you next time, See you later.

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2013 College Scholarship Recipients
2013 College Scholarship Recipients

In March 2013, five young adults who grew up at Samsungwon, the orphanage/children's home in Gumi, South Korea went to college. We are pleased to inform you that your generosity allowed KKOOM to provide each of them with a 500,000 won (~$500 USD) scholarship to help pay for their living expenses while they go to school. Upon successful completion of their spring semester and continued enrollment in the fall semester, KKOOM will provide them each with an additional 500,000 won in August. These young adults are majoring in subjects ranging from music peformance to nursing to technology. All of them live in dormitories during the school year and return to visit Samsungwon on their school breaks and holidays.

Thank you for your continued support of this important KKOOM initiative. As always, we invite your direct contact and feedback at any time. I can be reached at ajachym@kkoom.org or 269-340-0430. You can also follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook.

Thank you!

Aimee

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Organization Information

Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission

Location: Portage, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.kkoom.org
Project Leader:
Aimee Jachym
President
Portage, MICHIGAN United States