Fall 2016 KKOOM Scholarship Recipients

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Oct 052016
KKOOM College Scholarship for Korean Orphans

(Top row, L to R) Eunbi, Mingyu, Yeonhwa, (bottom row) Jindong, Sukyeong

This semester KKOOM is proud to provide support to five college students in South Korea, all of whom grew up at Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi. We asked them all to give a brief update on how they’re doing and what they hope to accomplish this semester and in the near future. Read on to see what they had to say.

Eunbi, 2nd year at Gumi College, Major: Childcare.  Last semester, Eunbi served as a representative from her major to her college’s student council.  She said it was a good experience to learn about the school’s activities and be part of making small improvements to the college. During her summer vacation, she worked at a preschool, studied English and prepared for her licensing exam. This is Eunbi’s last semester before graduation, so she hopes to make the most of her remaining time and enjoy what is left of her college days. Finally, Eunbi says thank you to all of the KKOOM supporters who made her scholarship possible. She hopes to be able to give back to others in a similar fashion one day.

Mingyu, 1st year at Gumi College, Major: Hospitality and Cooking.  We’re proud to report that Mingyu had the best grades in his class during his first semester. He says he is still learning to master his knife skills, which are crucial to his dream of becoming a chef or baker. Mingyu hopes to be able to study and work abroad someday, perhaps in a bakery or dessert cafe.

Yeonhwa, 1st year at Yeungjin College, Major: Business Management.  After spending a year working at a travel agency, Yeonhwa decided to enter college this March, and she is a first time scholarship recipient this semester. She continues to work full-time while she goes to school, and her first semester, she maintained an “A” average. Yeonhwa would like to start her own business one day. She knows that it won’t be easy, but she is up for the challenge and believes her business classes will surely help her in the future. In her free time, Yeonhwa enjoys traveling and photography. She says that taking pictures helps her experience things in new and refreshing ways.

Sukyeong, 2nd year at Gumi College, Major: Dental HygieneLast semester, Sukyeong had an internship as a hygenist at a dentist’s office where she learned a lot and received praise for a job well done. Classes have not been easy for her, but Sukyeong has worked hard to improve her grades. While the KKOOM scholarship’s financial support is obviously helpful, Sukyeong says that just knowing that people support her is equally as important. She says that she will do her best to become a successful adult and be able to give back to others.

Jindong, 4th year at Pusan National University, Major: Business Administration.  As we reported previously, Jindong landed a coveted internship at Samsung Card over the summer. He says that it was hard to focus on classes while he was applying for internships, but he is happy that his hard work paid off.  This is Jindong’s last semester in college, so he is now busy preparing job applications. He will find out if he gets a job offer from Samsung Card later this fall, but in the meantime, he is also applying to similar companies. Over the years, Jindong has given KKOOM great advice about how to help others like him, and he hopes that KKOOM can continue to help inspire and support the dreams of other kids who grow up in Korean orphanages. Finally, Jindong says, “KKOOM has been a great help to my college experience, and I am truly grateful for all of the support!

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Summer Water Park and Camping Fun

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Sep 102016

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The Samsungwon family had a wonderful summer thanks to your support!

Well, the kids at Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi, South Korea, are all back in school now, but the summer was sure a memorable one. It was one of the hottest summers in recent history here in Korea, but thanks to your help, KKOOM was able to help keep the children cool by sending them on two different overnight trips.

In late July, the children went to to Caribbean Bay and Everland, a large water and amusement park famous here in Korea. The kids enjoyed the water park on the first day and the amusement park the next day. There were plenty of fun activities for all. KKOOM funds provided the round-trip bus transportation and also purchased swimming suits, life jackets, tubes and water shoes. A big thanks, especially, to those who helped by contributing to our special summer fundraising campaign to support these activities.

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The Samsungwon children had a wonderful time at this summer’s overnight trips. In addition to the kids have a good time, pictured here are life vests and swim suits that KKOOM provided for the trips.

About a week later, in early August, KKOOM took the children to a nearby valley area for camping, swimming, and team building activities. KKOOM was joined by local volunteers from a Gumi church and a Gumi company, including some young adults who grew up at Samsungwon themselves.

KKOOM funds paid for the food, supplies and some transportation with additional support provided by the local volunteers. On the first day, the kids played in the cool valley river waters and enjoyed a delicious Korean barbecue in the evening. It was heartwarming to see the older kids play with the younger ones and look after them to make sure everyone stayed safe and had a good time. At night, the youngest children returned to Samsungwon.

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The kids show off their new swimsuits and water shoes in anticipation of going on their summer field trips.



The older kids (6th grade and up) stayed overnight for 2 more days and participated in team building and leadership games that had an Olympics theme. The teams were named after countries the team captains chose: Republic of Korea, USA, Sweden, Greece and France. The “events” included sports games, both in and out of the water, a talent show, photo and nature scavenger hunt, a trivia puzzle, and more. The teams also had  mentoring sessions with some of the local adult volunteers to discuss their future goals and plans.

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The kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves at camp and can’t wait for next summer.

One of the highlights of the camping trip was the bonfire on the last night, where the kids got to roast marshmallows and try s’mores for the first time.  Another highlight of the trip, according to the kids, was the endless provision of delicious food, which included pizza, fried chicken, ramen noodles and ice cream for snacks along with hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner on the second night. The kids said they had a great time, and asked whether they would like to go again next year, they responded with a resounding “yes”.

Helping kids who live in Korean orphanages have normal, fun summer experiences is just one of the things KKOOM is doing to help improve the lives of Korean orphans. We wouldn’t be able to do this important work without your help, and for that, we’re immensely grateful for your continued support.

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The Quiet Routine of Helping

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Aug 252016

korean vacation!By Bill Downey, Board Member ~ I have just completed my second trip to Korea this year and plan to return in December for the holidays. It was very hot and humid, not unusual for the Korean peninsula this time of year, but you can always hope it will be cooler. That was not to be the case, as it remained stubbornly in the 90s for most of my 10-day visit.

KKOOM participated in and supported a three-day camping trip with the kids from Samsungwon in Gumi to a local area in the mountains. The main attraction was a stream that runs through the mountains with some modest cabin-type facilities overlooking the water. It was a nice break for the kids, and they really enjoyed the chance to cool off in the cold water and escape the oppressive heat of the city. The preschool and elementary school children made a day trip, and the older kids stayede for two nights.

My main duties were to take some images and video of the kids and help with logistic support. KKOOM hosted an American style BBQ the second evening. I volunteered to get most of the stuff for the BBQ which entailed which set off a flurry of trips to stores to get everything from paper plates to hotdo gs and hamburgers. After several days of shopping, we were in good shape to hold a successful American BBQ! The BBQ was topped off with a s’mores demonstration by Aimee and the kids then joined in to make their own. I am not sure if the cultural nuances of s’mores and camping got through but we can work on that!

Jerusalem Ministry holds an annual, three-day soccer camp for the boys in orphanages in the Seoul area. I stay at the U.S. Army garrison in Yongsan and the hotel is just across from one of the soccer fields they use for the camp. I stopped by last year and this year I was happy to provide a bit of support to them by moving volunteers and boys for lunch on two of the days of camp. It was also nice to reinforce and build on relationships with the dedicated staff from Jerusalem Ministry. We hope to have some boys participate next year and have some of our girls participate in their arts and crafts camp in January.

This was my sixth trip to Korea in three years and if someone were to ask me what my trips are like, I would say that I spend a great deal of time shopping and driving. I think that all endeavors find their natural path and that seems to be true for me and my visits. Helping to get things and bring them to the kids makes me feel useful and that in a small way, I am helping them out. I am a board member of KKOOM, but when I am in Korea, I am a volunteer. There is nothing glamorous or exciting about what I do, nor do the things I do require special skills. It just requires a desire to do the things that need to be done to support the activities we are involved in with the kids. Maybe more importantly, it demonstrates to the kids my commitment to them.

I will be back in Korea in December to participate in my second holiday event and I suspect I will be doing lots of driving and shopping!

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KKOOM College Student Lands Internship at Samsung Card

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Jul 282016
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JinDong recently landed a position as a summer intern at Samsung Card in Seoul.

Last summer JinDong had the summer of a lifetime studying English at Boston University and traveling around the U.S. [more] After growing up in an orphanage and studying hard to earn entry into Pusan National University’s competitive business administration major, JinDong took a year off of college to improve his English ability and gain a broader perspective. This year JinDong returned to finish his senior year in college, and he plans to graduate next March.

JinDong spent much of his spring applying for highly coveted summer internships at major companies like Hyundai, SK Telecom and Samsung. We’re thrilled to report that JinDong was hired as an intern at Samsung Card, Korea’s largest credit card company, which is majority owned by Samsung Electronics.

JinDong (top left) discusses his internship at Samsung Card with the KKOOM Board via Skype

JinDong (top left) discusses his internship at Samsung Card with the KKOOM Board via Skype

The volunteer KKOOM Board of Directors recently got to catch up with JinDong over Skype, shortly after his internship began earlier this month. He had just completed a week of orientation at the company headquarters in Seoul and was getting ready for his first day in the marketing department, where he’ll spend about 6 weeks working and learning with 8 other interns. JinDong told us that he was the only intern selected from outside of the Seoul area. The other interns were seniors at prestigious colleges and universities in Seoul, and he seemed a bit in awe of his selection as an intern.

In addition to a salary for his summer work, Samsung Card also provided JinDong with lodging at a nearby business hotel in Seoul, and he also gets to have meals in the company cafeteria (where he says the food is “very delicious”). Thanks to your support, KKOOM was able to provide JinDong with an additional stipend (approximately $500 USD) prior to the start of his internship to help him offset travel expenses and buy clothes (business casual is the dress code), a work backpack and other necessities.

JinDong told us that about half of the interns in his cohort will be given a job offer later in November, and his goal is to be able to get an offer. During the course of the summer, he says, “I want to ask many things about working in the company, working process and how they work.” We have no doubt that he will work very hard, as is his nature. Finally, JinDong said, “I want to thank all of KKOOM’s donors for their support of me. I hope to be able to give back to other children who grew up like I did once I get a job.”

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Help Korean Orphans This Summer

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Jul 272016

Chip in today to help Korean orphans and disadvantaged kids this summer vacation.

Any amount, big or small, will be greatly help the 60 kids at Samsungwon go to a water park and summer camp this summer! Funds will be used to purchase swimsuits, life jackets, water shoes and camp supplies. To give you an idea, here’s what various donation levels will help purchase:

  • $10 – Sunscreen and bug spray
  • $25 – A pair of water shoes and a life jacket
  • $50 – A swim suit and an inner tube
  • $100 – BBQ (hamburgers/hot dogs) and camp fire supplies (s’mores)
  • $500 – One-way transportation to camp

Additional funds over $2,000 raised will go to help pay for additional food and transportation for the trips first and then to the KKOOM General Fund.

Raised 1,690 $ towards the 2,000 $ target.



One of the Samsungwon children relaxes at California Beach

A child plays during a trip to a water park in 2014.

This summer has been extremely hot, seemingly everywhere, and Korea has been no exception. The kids at Samsungwon are looking forward to relieving the heat with an overnight visit to Caribbean Bay, a large water park, and also a three-day camping trip in one of Korea’s cool and majestic valleys. KKOOM will provide the transportation for the trip to the water park and is planning the activities for the camping trip, where the kids will be put in teams to complete activities and engage in friendly competitions. In addition to giving the kids something fun to do during the hot summer vacation, these trips give the kids a chance to develop positive, lasting memories, just like regular kids.

Samsungwon is the orphanage in Gumi, South Korea, where KKOOM and KKOOM’s founders have been volunteering since 2004.

Make a contribution now to help us send kids to summer camp!




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Clean Clothes for Korean Orphans

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Jul 212016
Clean clothes for Korean orphans

Images of an old washing machine at Samsungwon, which shows remnants of mold and wear.

In addition to providing Korean orphans with opportunities for education and fun experiences, KKOOM strives to improve the daily living conditions at the orphanage homes to help ensure the kids can have as normal of an upbringing as possible. In the past, we’ve purchased new furniture for the houses at Samsungwon [more], and last summer we repainted the “orphanage van” to look like a regular van [more].

We recently discovered that some of the washing machines at Samsungwon were covered in mold. No amount of scrubbing could remove it from the inside drums, which is where the children’s laundry was placed, sometimes up to four loads per day. One of the house moms told me that the kids’ clothes were not coming out clean, despite her use of specialty soaps and best attempts to clean the inside of the machine.

I originally discovered this problem when the Samsungwon staff asked if KKOOM might be able to sponsor an industrial-strength professional cleaning of the washing machines in each of the seven Samsungwon houses. After touring the houses and inspecting each machine, I determined that at least two of the washing machines were in poor condition, and professionally cleaning them was unlikely to solve the problem long term. The machines were nearly 10 years old and had been run every day, several times a day. We estimated that they had run nearly 10,000 cycles. It was time for a change!.

New Washing Machine at Samsungwon

Brand New Washing Machines at Samsungwon = Clean Clothes for All!

So this month, KKOOM purchased two brand new, top-of-the-line, large Samsung washing machines and had them delivered and installed at Samsungwon, replacing the two oldest washing machines in the poorest condition. Each machine cost about $650 USD (they were on sale). The house moms now report that the kids’ laundry in those houses is coming out clean. The whites are actually white again! We plan to have the remaining five washing machines that are still in workable condition professionally cleaned this month. Budget-permitting, we plan to examine the need again next year, and if necessary, we hope to be able to upgrade more washing machines at Samsungwon in the future.

Growing up in a “regular” household, I know I didn’t have to worry about whether my washed clothes would be clean and whether they would smell like mold. If our washing machine broke, and I’m sure it did occasionally, my parents were able to have it fixed, and eventually when it was time to be replaced, they bought a new one. I know I took this, and many other luxuries, for granted. But now, as I look back on KKOOM’s work and the things we do big and small, I see our ability to “make life normal” for the kids in Korean orphanages as one of our highest callings and biggest responsibilities.

Actually, before I officially founded KKOOM with a small group of friends, one of my last unofficial acts was using leftover donations from generous individuals to purchase a commercial-grade dishwasher for Samsungwon in the summer of 2007. We did that for the same reason we just bought new washing machines: we wanted life in this Korean orphanage to resemble, even if just in a few small ways, life in an everyday household. Whether it’s clean clothes, a holiday party, or access to early education, this is what KKOOM is all about!

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Update on KKOOM College Students

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Jun 152016

Since 2011, KKOOM has been helping young adults who grew up in Korean orphanages go to college by providing scholarships and mentoring support. This spring, we provided support for four young adults, whom we’ll introduce below. The students receive approximately $500 USD per semester to help offset their living expenses and buy textbooks, provided that they are making adequate progress toward their degrees.

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JD recently landed a position as a summer intern at Samsung Card in Seoul.

In addition to support from KKOOM, Korean orphans can receive college scholarships from a variety of Korean agencies, which is how a portion of tuition and living expenses are covered. Unfortunately, however, some of the scholarship applications require affidavits from legal parents regarding financial circumstances, making it almost impossible for kids who grew up in orphanages to obtain the scholarships since they often do not have contact with their legal parents. As KKOOM becomes more aware of these kinds of barriers to education, we work with the students and their orphanage caretakers to find other means of support, including increasing our scholarship amounts on a case-by-case basis.

For example, this semester, JD, a 4th year student at Pusan National University majoring in business administration, was very busy looking for a summer internship in his field, and he incurred significant expenses associated with traveling to interviews, getting business clothes and the like. KKOOM was happy to be able to provide him with an extra scholarship (approximately an additional $500) to help offset these expenses. We’re even more thrilled to share that JD landed a two-month paid internship position with Samsung Card in their Marketing Department at the company’s headquarters in downtown Seoul. About half of the interns will be offered full-time positions after graduation. JD says, “My goal is to enter the company after the internship, so I want to experience the company’s environment. Before getting a job, the internship can be a good chance for me to experience what the company is and how the people work.”

You may recall that JD studied at Boston University last summer with help from KKOOM [more]. After taking a year off from his studies to focus on improving his English, JD is on his way to graduating and obtaining his bachelor’s degree this year from Pusan National University.

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1st row: Mingyu, Eunbi; 2nd row: JD, Chambit

Here’s an update on our other KKOOM College Scholarship Recipients:

Eunbi, 2nd year at Gumi College, Major: Childcare. Last semester, Eunbi was appointed the student head of her major’s department, and through that opportunity, she gained a lot of new experiences, including helping put on a large exhibition at the college. At the same time, however, these duties put a lot of stress on her so she didn’t have much time for herself or for meeting up with friends. Over winter vacation, though, she was able to balance out her workload, and she also spent some time working as an assistant teacher at the college’s affiliated preschool. In five years, she hopes to be happily married and enjoying her career as a preschool teacher.

Mingyu, 1st year at Gumi College, Major: Hospitality and Cooking. Mingyu hopes to become a hotel chef, so he decided to go to college to improve his chances of landing his ideal job. In his free time, he likes to exercise, and he hopes to travel more in the future. Mingyu has always enjoyed cooking so he is looking forward to doing more of that in college, and he’s also looking forward to meeting new friends.

Chambit, 1st year at Gumi Polytechnic College, Major: Applied Computing. Chambit likes computer games, soccer, working out and listening to music. He is a rather quiet and reserved young man, but kind to all who get to know him. In his first year in college, he hopes to learn more about the various careers available to him based on his chosen major and better develop his future plans. He plans to study hard to get good grades.

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Children’s Day at an Orphanage in Korea

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May 182016
Kids at Samsungwon receive their presents on Children's Day, May 5, 2016

Nothing but smiling faces on Children’s Day at Samsungwon, when the children received their presents.

May 5 was Children’s Day in Korea, and this holiday is widely celebrated by families throughout the country. Government offices and schools are closed, as are most companies. Children look forward to receiving presents and spending time with their families on this day. Kids at orphanages, however, often don’t have the same experience. For many, it’s just another boring day on which they stay at the orphanage without any special acknowledgement of the holiday.

For the last few years, KKOOM has tried to make Children’s Day special for the 62 kids at Samsungwon Children’s Home in Gumi, South Korea such as by providing special treats like pizza and fried chicken and also small gifts.

This year, we enlisted the help of Ms. Kyung Jo Noh, who recently retired from Samsungwon after more than 30 years of service as a house mother. We asked the children what present they would like to receive and gave the wish lists and approx. $900 USD to Ms. Noh to purchase the presents. Over the course of several days, she went shopping for all of the presents, checking the wish lists twice, thrice and many times over. We are extremely grateful for her time, care and effort, as we couldn’t have done this without her. We asked Ms. Noh to share her experiences with our readers, and what follows is her own reflection. We hope you enjoy it!

Kids and Orphans at Samsungwon Orphanage receive their presents on Children's Day, May 5, 2016

Kids at Samsungwon receive their presents on Children’s Day, May 5, 2016

Guest Post by Ms. Kyung Jo NOH (translated and edited by KKOOM)

First, thank you to KKOOM for making it possible to provide Children’s Day presents for the children at Samsungwon. After receiving the children’s wish lists and funds to purchase the presents, I was extremely happy and also a little worried about how I would fulfill all the wish lists.

After sorting the children’s requests by item type and store, I went to a big box store with a few Samsungwon staff members, and we were able to buy many of the boys’ gifts such as toys, clothing and sports equipment. The next day, I bought most of the girls’ presents, which were mostly cosmetics and also phone cases and small purses. The girls wanted a variety of cosmetics from several different stores, so I was worried about how to handle this. I went downtown with a friend from church, and an employee at one one of the cosmetic stores helped us locate all of the other stores. It ended up being easier than I expected.

I also wrapped all of the kids’ gifts and finished fulfilling the wish lists with Aimee, KKOOM President, on the third day.

The day before Children’s Day which was on May 5, I went with Aimee to deliver the presents to Samsungwon. We gave the presents for the children to each house mother, and I could see that all of the mothers were really pleased. As I was shopping for all of the gifts over several days, I kept thinking about how happy the kids would be to get the present they had asked for, and this was really rewarding for me. I sincerely had a good time, as I wrapped the presents and wrote each child’s name on his or her present.

It was also wonderful to see the children’s happy expressions in the pictures after they received their presents. I would sincerely like to thank KKOOM for making it possible to give the Samsungwon children these joyful presents. May KKOOM continue to flourish. Thank you.

[Original Text] 먼저 삼성원 아이들의 어린이날 선물을 준비하게 도와주신 꿈 단체에 감사를 드립니다. 저는 62명의 선물금과 아이들의 선물리스트를 받고 한편으로는 아주 기쁘고 한편으로는 어떻게 해야 할지 약간의 걱정도 되었습니다.

전체리스트를 다시 선물의 종류별, 가게별로 만들고, 첫째 날에는 마트에서 주로 남학생들의 선물(장난감, 옷, 체육용품등)을 삼성원 엄마들의 도움을 받아 조금 쉽게 구입하였습니다. 둘째 날에는 거의 여학생들의 선물(화장품, 폰 케이스, 작은 가방 등)을 준비하여야 했습니다. 대부분의 선물이 화장품이었는데 종류도 많고 가게이름도 많아서 염려가 되었습니다. 내가 아는 사모님과 함께 시내로 갔고, 시내의 한 화장품가게에서 다른 화장품가게의 이름을 물었더니 잘 알려주셔서 의외로 쉽게 구입하게 되었습니다.

그리고 아이들의 선물을 개별로 포장을 하고 개별로 이름도 적어놓았습니다. 마지막 날 아이들에게 같은 금액으로의 선물을 주기위해 개인적으로 조금씩 남은 선물금으로 에이미선생님과 함께 과자를 구입하여 본인들의 선물포장에 넣었습니다.

준비를 다 하고 4일 삼성원으로 선물을 전달하러 에이미선생님과 삼성원에 갔을 때, 각 집의 엄마들이 아이들의 선물을 받고 너무나 기뻐하는 모습이 보기에 좋았습니다. 개인 개인이 원하는 선물의 리스트대로 모두 준비를 하면서 아이들이 선물을 받고 기뻐할 모습을 생각하니 힘든 것도 즐거움이 되었고, 아이들의 선물을 포장을 하고 이름을 쓰고 하는 것이 나에게는 진정한 기쁨의 시간이었다. 또한 아이들이 선물을 받고 좋아하는 모습의 사진을 보니 더욱더 나에게는 큰 기쁨이 되었다. 삼성원아이들에게 기쁨의 선물을 준비하게 하신 꿈 단체에 진심으로 감사를 드립니다. 꿈 단체가 진심으로 번창하기를 바랍니다. 감사합니다.

노경조 드림

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A Not-So-New Program

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Apr 132016

Children come into Korean orphanages for many reasons and at different times in their lives. Some are abandoned; some are abused. Others end up in orphanages because a permanent caretaker is unavailable, unable, or unwilling to take care of them for a variety of reasons, including incarceration, disability, or divorce.

Regardless the reason, a child’s arrival at an orphanage marks a new and very different chapter of that child’s life. It is important to make this transition as positive and smooth as possible for both the child and the caretakers. Part of that positive experience is making sure the new child has the clothing and basic necessities needed.WelcomeBoostProgram

At Samsungwon, an orphanage in Gumi, KKOOM has been helping aid this transition for many years from our discretionary funds. When word came that a new child was admitted to Samsungwon and there was an emergency need, KKOOM would help supply funds for clothing, a new stroller or a baby carrier – whatever was needed.

Samsungwon budgets to update the children’s clothing three times a year and to purchase new shoes at least once a year for each child. We do not want it misinterpreted that these children do not have the basic necessities of life.

But when a child shows up with virtually nothing in between these planned purchasing times, it can put a stress on Samsungwon’s resources and also stress on the new children. This is where KKOOM has been happy to help in previous years and provide those necessities.

We are excited to announce that we are formalizing this program this year as the “Welcome Boost Program”. We hope to provide a “boost” in the positive direction for each child coming into Samsungwon. Our goal is to help smooth the transition by providing:

  • Up to 150,000 krw (~$125 USD, $1 = 1,200 krw) for each newly admitted child to Samsungwon who needs clothing or other basic necessities, based on the senior caretaker’s reasonable discretion;
  • Additional funds if the child is an infant and needs additional basic necessities (e.g., stroller) or in KKOOM’s discretion, in consultation with the child’s senior caretaker.

As simple as this sounds, we are proud to have the capacity to formalize this program, thanks to our donors’ generous contributions. We are sure that the Welcome Boost Program will be a welcomed asset to the children and caregivers at Samsungwon.

Do you want to help? Please consider donating on a monthly basis to keep this program well-funded!

*At this time, the Welcome Boost Program is only available at Samsungwon orphanage due to resources and sustainability of the program.

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12 Days of KKOOM: #12 Christmas Recap from KKOOM!

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Dec 252015
A child at an orphanage celebrates Christmas with KKOOM.

A child at an orphanage celebrates Christmas with KKOOM in Korea.

Merry Christmas from all of us at KKOOM and thank you for your support all year long! We are still resting and recovering from a wonderful week of Christmas events at orphanages in Korea, but on this 12th and final installment of our 12 Days of KKOOM, we wanted to share with you a video from our Christmas parties in Gumi and Gimcheon. Check it out below!

We’ll be back with you in the New Year to share more exciting developments and our plans for 2016!

 In case you missed any of our previous posts, here’s a full list of our 12 Days’ topics.

  1. Post-high School Young Adult Travel: Our Trip to America, part 1
  2. Our Trip to America, part 2
  3. Reflection from Board Member, Bill Downey: An Exciting Year with KKOOM
  4. Update from JD
  5. Jerusalem Ministry Camps
  6. Who is an orphan?
  7. Christmas Parties
  8. Levi’s Donation
  9. Preschool Program
  10. Flashback to 2004
  11. Merry Christmas from all of us at KKOOM!
  12. Christmas Recap

If you haven’t already done so, we invite you to consider making a year-end contribution to support our work with Korean orphans in 2016. You can make a US tax-deductible contribution by clicking the “donate” button on the top right. Thank you so much for your generosity and interest in our work!

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