South Korea sits in the lower half of a mountainous peninsula in East Asia. 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 nation (with a population density ten times higher than the global average) is renowned for its technological advancements.
Many orphaned children needs support with basic needs to ensure they are able to get an education and receive the same opportunities as other children in South Korea.
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. Despite having a relatively low child poverty rate, especially compared to developing countries, many orphaned children need support with basic needs to ensure they are able to get an education and receive the same opportunities as other children in South Korea.
Facts about South Korea
- Population: 51,418,097 (July 2018 est.)
- Languages: Korean, with English widely taught in junior high and high school
- Poverty rate: 14.4% (2016 est.)
- Unemployment rate: 3.7% (2017 est.)
- Capital: Seoul
- Currency: South Korean Won
Where we work in South Korea
In South Korea, Children Incorporated supports the following projects in Seoul and Busan:
Dong San Children’s Home, Grace Children’s Home, Hee Rak Children’s Home, Hyungje Children’s Home, Iri Children’s Home, Jin Woo Children’s Home, Kang Nam Children’s Home, Kwangju Ae Yuk Children’s Home, Sae Dul Children’s Home, Shin Mang Ae Children’s Home, So Jun Children’s Home, Sun Duk Children’s Home, Sung Ae Children’s Home, Yong Jin Children’s Home, Yung Shil Ae Yuk Children’s Home, Zion Children’s Home
Read more about our affiliated projects in Korea
How you can help children in South Korea
You can help a child living in poverty in South Korea in a few different ways. One way is through our child sponsorship program. Sponsorship provides an underprivileged child with basic and education-related necessities such as food, clothing, healthcare, school supplies, and school tuition payments.
Sponsorship provides an underprivileged child with basic and education-related necessities such as food, clothing, healthcare, school supplies, and school tuition payments.
This vital support allows impoverished, vulnerable children to develop to their full potential — physically, emotionally and socially. Sponsors positively impact the lives of the children they sponsor by assuring them that someone cares about their well-being. This gives children in need hope, which is powerful.
Our policy has always been to consider the needs of each sponsored child on an individual basis. We work closely with our volunteer coordinators at our project sites in South Korea who are familiar with the circumstances and needs of every child in their care. Sponsorship donations are sent to our projects — orphanages, homes, community centers and schools — at the beginning of each month in the form of subsidy stipends. Our on-site volunteer coordinators use those funds to purchase items for children in our program to ensure that they have what they need to do their very best and succeed in school.