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Mdream Children's Home

Organized by: Courtney Snyder

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This fundraiser is to provide children at a children's home (orphanage) in South Korea with an academic advantage. Please read below for more detailed information! If you are interested in having someone speak at your organization, please let us know as well!

*If you are a group or a church that is interested in sponsoring a particular child for this program rather than a general donation please contact us at:


In South Korea, children are abandoned for many reasons. Some are placed in orphanages due to their parents dying or being severely ill. Other children are placed for a variety of reasons including divorce. In Korea, it is hard to get remarried with children. Blood is important and children are placed in an orphanage so that their parent can go remarry and start a new family. This is DEVASTATING to the children.

Living in an orphanage personally affects these kids. These kids suffer more from depression and suicide their peers who have families. On top of that, they have lower self-esteem, lower confidence, and a higher rate of stress related medical problems than their peers.

As if that wasn't enough, there are other problems that these kids face even before they become adults. Their problems start in school. They are often teased and ridiculed by their friends for living in an orphanage, so much so that they eventually start lying about their background just to avoid all the teasing. Also, these kids are far behind their peers when it comes to actual school performance. South Korea is a fierce, competitive academic landscape where only the strong can hope to survive. If you are not strong, you get left behind. Those kids who come from families have the support system they need to make it in this academic “lion’s den”. Their parents pay for special academies and tutors. It is standard in Korea.

However, studies show that kids who live in orphanages are far behind their peers when it comes to academic performance. Therefore, these kids get chewed up and spit out by the system. This means that they often do not go to college. In this country, that usually spells doom when it comes to their jobs. Because of this situation, these kids usually get low-paying, unsafe jobs. These jobs do not usually pay enough for them to support their families, if they even create their own families. In turn, these kids are at a higher rate of placing their own kids in orphanages thereby continuing the vicious cycle.
These kids are often left to suffer in silence because they go unnoticed by the general public.

We have recently decided to do something crazy ... hire a full time coordinator and start an in-house English academic program for these children. The program will include English and art therapy.

We believe that English will make a huge difference in their lives ... they may not have family, they may be teased and ridiculed, but they will have a valuable skill that is highly sought after in Korea. If you know English, you can get a good job. This will allow them to have an edge not only in school, but also when applying for jobs.

The total amount we are attempting to raise is: $30,000. This will go towards both a small living stipend for the coordinator as well as money for textbooks and educational supplies.

This organization IS a legal nonprofit in Korea, but not in the United States. For this reason, we can only give tax deductible receipts to people living in Korea. Anything given here, is truly just a gift.

If you have questions, you may call the children's home and ask to speak to the director. His name is Eunkang Chung and he speaks fluent English. The website ( includes all needed contact information. You may also email:


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Courtney Snyder

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