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Korean Volunteers Help Out Nepal Updated: 2011-04-11 12:00:00 KST

Korean Volunteers Help Out Nepal
In a rural part of Nepal's capital Kathmandu lives a woman and ten Nepalese children.
Her name is Kim Tae-soon, and she moved to Nepal seven years ago and has been living with ten children that she calls her own.
The children… who are all from different regions of the country… are orphans, except for one whose parents are disabled.


[Interview : Kim Tae-soon, Hostel owner] "What I'm doing here in Katmandu is running a hostel for orphans. Before these children came here, they did not know the concept of wearing shoes or underwear, but now, they are adjusting to a new life."

The children, ranging from first graders to teenagers, mostly spend their time playing outdoors or studying for school.
And just like any other mom, Kim checks their homework and makes sure that the children are studying hard.
And Kim isn't the only Korean in Nepal raising Nepalese children,… as around 12 others are running these types of orphanages… with the largest home to some 200 orphans.


[Reporter : Hwang Sung-hee
ssung86@arirang.co.kr] "And here in Katmandu, there are also volunteers who work to introduce the Korean culture in the South Asian country."

The Korea International Cooperation Agency has been dispatching volunteer Korean language teachers for 11 years now… and at the Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, two volunteer teachers are sharing their knowledge of Korean culture with around 350 students.
Singing and learning how to play Korean traditional instruments, their lessons differ from ordinary language classes.


[Interview : Jeon Mi-young, Volunteer teacher
Korea International Cooperation Agency] "I am teaching the students Korean and Korean culture, so when they go to Korea, they will have a wider knowledge of Korea and its culture. I feel good knowing that my students will adjust well to Korea."

And the students say, their teacher's efforts have helped them to better understand Korean culture.


[Interview : Akash Limbu, Student] "I am so thankful to my teacher because she came all the way to Nepal to give us lessons on Korean culture."

And as more people seek the helping hands of volunteers in Nepal, these good-willed ambassadors will continue to spread their love.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News, Kathmandu.
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