Post by Michael Baldwin, KKOOM Board Member & Volunteer. 안녕하세요? / Ahnyonghaseyo… Greetings from Korea. I’m the newest board member with KKOOM and recently moved to Korea (my mini bio). I’ve had 4 prior visits to Korea, but this is my first extended trip in Korea. I’ve settled into visiting an orphanage in Gumi and another in Daegu.
A few general observations from my visits include (from the Gumi orphanage): most of the kids are well adjusted to their lives in the orphanage. When the weather is nice, the kids will go outside and play soccer, run around in the open area playing tag or use the swing set in the yard. The kids are watched after by “house moms” who have made many personal sacrifices to raise the kids. The “house moms” in 6 out of the 7 houses stay with the kids 24-7. Also integrated into raising the kids is the administrative and support staff.
So, a few basic things if you are curious (as I was). No, the kids aren’t starving, have clothes and all go to public school. They have chores