Our Affiliated
Project: The Yung Shil Ae Yuk Children’s Home in Okcheon, Chungbuk, South Korea

 

 Quick facts about the Yung Shil Ae Yuk Children’s Home:

  • Ages served: While children of all ages receive care at the home, those enrolled in our sponsorship program typically range in age from 5 to 19 years old.
  • Facility Description: A complex of well-maintained brick buildings comprised of dormitories, a kitchen, a dining room and a library. The grounds include a rice paddy and a potato field as well as a playground, a swimming pool and bathhouse.
  • Education: School-aged children attend local public schools where they receive instruction in core academic subjects as well as rudimentary English.
  • Academic schedule: In South Korea, the school year typically begins in early March and ends in mid-February, with a long summer break. Children are also excused from classes on national holidays, such as the Moon Festival, which is similar to America’s Thanksgiving.
  • Extracurricular activities: Children perform a variety of daily assigned chores. For recreation they participate in popular sports such as volleyball, soccer and baseball. Yung Shil also has a stellar music program. The talented children’s choir has traveled the world giving concerts.
  • Nutrition: Children receive three nutritious meals each day, with kimchi (the peppery cabbage-based staple of the Korean diet) occupying a prominent place on the table.

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 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.

Like many South Korean orphanages, Yung Shil Home traces its origin to efforts to address this postwar crisis. Located in Okcheon, Yung Shil Home continues its mission of providing orphaned and underprivileged children in this region of South Korea with a safe, nurturing home environment, nutritious food and medical care.

Many of the children who come to Yung Shil Home learn for the first time in their lives what it means to be loved and looked after. Here, each child receives respect, encouragement — and the opportunity to rise above the difficult socioeconomic circumstances from which s/he has come.