Project: The Sun Duk Children’s Home
in Jeonju, South Korea
Comprising the lower half of a mountainous peninsula in East Asia, South Korea is truly a nation of contrasts. Although it emerged as an autonomous country in the aftermath of World War II, its rich culture and heritage reach back thousands of years.
Today, this populous nation (with a population density ten times higher than the global average) is renowned for its future-oriented advancements in technology. However, more than half a century after the Korean War armistice, South Korea is still haunted by the ghosts of its turbulent past. The Korean War (1950-1953) devastated South Korea, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives—both military and civilian—and leaving thousands of children orphaned.
While most South Korean orphanages trace their origin to this pressing postwar crisis, the Sun Duk Children’s Home was actually established in the 1930s by the Japanese, during the era when Korea was a Japanese province.
Today, the Sun Duk Children’s Home continues its mission of providing underprivileged children of this region of South Korea with a safe, nurturing environment, nutritious food and medical care—all while instilling the values of honesty, integrity, compassion for others and dependability. Here, each child receives respect, encouragement—and the opportunity to rise above the difficult socioeconomic circumstances from which s/he has come.