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Please donate generously to support Eric as he rides up to 200km to raise money for the kids at one of the welfare homes to receive a birthday present from Open Arms this year
Eric helped out as a volunteer at this welfare home back in 2019, before he left to go home to Canada. He was so popular with the kids, especially the boys in the program, and they really missed him when he left.
Eric was also changed by his experience volunteering with the children. His eyes were opened to the painful impact of broken families in South Korea and his heart was moved to continue to help them.
Not only is Eric making a huge effort to raise funding for birthday presents to touch these children's hearts, but his life is also focussed on helping others, as he studies for a Masters in Counselling and Therapy.
Update: 25 March 2023
Whilst Covid 19 is still with us, almost all restrictions in Korea have been lifted and all our programs are back on!
We are continuing our work with the children and helping them to overcome the challenges of their situation, including those that the pandemic brought with it, as far as we can.
There will be a lot to reflect on about the last 3 years as we move forward. We are grateful to have retained our good relationships with the welfare homes through all of it.
Wine at Sunset
October 1, 2022
A Fundraising event for Open Arms
Watch out for our newsletter to see pictures and how much we raised!
Since 2018, Dulwich College Seoul and their school community have provided Christmas gifts for all the children in the welfare homes Open Arms partners with. Every year we add more presents to the list and they have never let us down.
This year is no exception with the addition of two further homes with a total of 180 gifts (personally requested by each child with the help of their room caregivers, valued at 30,000 KW each), which will be collected and delivered to the 4 welfare centers on December 8. Each present will also include a handwritten Christmas card from the student sponsoring the gift.
Many families bought multiple presents and we even received a message that more parents were wanting to buy gifts even though all the presents were spoken for! Each year, the Dulwich Primary Office is transformed into a magical Santa’s workshop filled with Christmas presents waiting to be delivered to deserving children. This is no easy task. It takes a village of hardworking elves to pull it together!
Thank you to the Primary Charity Committee lead by teachers, both also OA Early Years volunteers. OA will host a Zoom meeting with the Charity Committee children to talk about OA, answer their questions and plan for future events. Thank you again Dulwich College Seoul for your kindness, hard work and for partnering with Open Arms!
Activity Packages Delivery
Early Years Program
Thank you Katy for your compassion, love and leadership!
Floppy Frogs for Open Arms Korea
Seoul Foreign British School teachers and KS3 students within the Global Social Leaders Program are dedicated to the service of others. During the closure of the campus, they sewed an ‘army’ of Floppy Froggies for the Early Years children.
They are sure to bring smiles and entertain the children during this difficult time of isolation. In this age of mass production, it is even more meaningful that each frog was hand made and unique. By educating and empowering children to help each other, the GSLP is creating a community of future global social leaders.
Thank you for all that you do!