한국미혼모가족협회는 이번주 일요일 (8일) 3시부터 6시까지 사무실 (5호선 화곡역 근처)에서 나눔학교 부모교육을 받을 예정입니다. 그때 아이를 봐줄 자원봉사자 2명을 모집하고자 합니다. 가능하신 분 제게 연락주세요~ KUMFA is looking for 2 volunteers to babysit this Sunday (8th) from 3-6pm at their office (near Hwagok station, line 5) while they receive “sharing school” parenting classes. please contact me if you are able to help out!
calling KUMFA supporters with hidden talents! we are looking for people to “donate” their talents for KUMFA’s holiday party. so far we’ve had a singer and a samulnori team offer their talents… are there any musicians, caricaturists, face painters, etc who are interested in donating their skills? the holiday party will be held on dec. 28th from 3-6 at the korea women’s development institute (bulgwan station, line 3 or 6).
AMAZING! Sponsors for a grand total of 100 KUMFA kids have been found!!
Some have been asking if additional families will be added again, but due to time constraints this is not possible at this point. If you know people who wanted to sponsor a family but missed out and still want to donate, please let them know that KUMFA is still trying to get together the funds for the holiday party where all the gifts will actually be passed out (by Santa himself!~). Although it may not be as exciting as donating toys, as many of you may know, KUMFA’s budget is quite humble so donations would greatly help us be able to provide an even merrier party for its members and kids when those toys are distributed (donations would go towards food costs, prizes, etc.) Please contact me if you would like to donate towards KUMFA’s holiday party costs!
Additionally, KUMFA is always happy to receive donations to go towards its daily operational costs. There are three moms who work in the office, overseeing all of KUMFA’s programs and activism efforts and they only get paid once their other operational costs are covered. Donations help ensure that these moms receive a salary for the amazing work they do for both themselves and their own children, as well as unwed moms and their children nationwide!! Becoming a monthly donor (you can donate as little as $5 a month and you can set it up to be automatic - convenient!) is a GREAT way to work in solidarity with KUMFA and the moms who are helping to change Korean society, one step at a time. If you are interested in being a monthly donor, please contact me!!
here’s another moving story from this year’s KUMFA holiday gift drive. a canadian woman living in korea (who has come to volunteer babysit for KUMFA) sponsored a family. then her mom emailed me to sponsor a family. then her mom emailed to tell me that HER mom wanted to sponsor a family. THREE generations of women supporting korean moms, who are just trying to raise their kids despite all the hardships they face as unwed mothers in korea.
i’m feeling super humbled and grateful today.
an adoptee friend emailed me earlier and said that he and his gf had talked it over and instead of spending the money on an expensive dinner for christmas they decided to sponsor 4 families! i’m sure that each donor has a story like this about how/why they decided to donate. even just seeing all the shares on FB/tumblr put a huge smile on my face.
actually, the kumfa holiday gift drive is always a HUGE headache. the logistics involved (each child gets an individualized gift, some moms receive the gift to their home, some will receive at the KUMFA holiday party, bilingual application and execution, cross-continental payments, keeping track of who’s sending donations, who’s ordering and shipping the gift themselves, etc. etc.) is craaaazy. not just for me, but i also drive the KUMFA moms who work in the office absolutely nuts bugging them for addresses, phone numbers, family info, the list goes on and on. and to be totally honest, in the preparation period i always think to myself. whhyyyyyyyyy???
but then the wishlist goes up.
and people absolutely ASTOUND me with their generosity and eagerness to donate. which reminds me over and over again how generous humanity is…for me, it is a huge recharge. it’s the best part of running the gift drive and i get to witness ALL of it… so i want to share some of that joy with others
we found donors for 46 families in the span of 12 hours (plus the 12 Big Brother/Big Sister KUMFA kids that already had sponsors before the list even went up)!!! we only have to find sponsors for 14 more families. actually, we set the limit for the wishlist at 72 families this year, which meant we sadly had to turn away 16 families. but at this rate, i think we can add the last 16 families and make it an even 30 families that need sponsors. watch this space, i’ll have the family bios up for the remaining 16 families SOON!
preparations are underway for this year’s holiday gift drive for the kids of KUMFA! however, i need help translating the family bios for 80 families~ if you are able to help, please let me know~! 한국미혼모가족협회 아이들을 위한 크리스마스 선물자선행사 준비중입니다! 하지만 80가정의 가족소개 번역을… 혼자하기;;; 도와줄 수 있는분, 연락주세요~!
한국미혼모가족협회는 이번주 토요일 (11월 30일) 2시부터 6시까지 여성프라자 (1호선 대방역 근처)에서 교육을 받을 예정입니다. 그때 아이를 봐줄 자원봉사자 3명을 모집하고자 합니다. 가능하신 분 제게 연락주세요~ KUMFA is looking for 3 volunteers to babysit this Saturday (Nov. 30th) from 2-6pm at the Women’s Plaza (near Daebang station, line 1) while they receive training. Please contact me if you are able to help out!
한국미혼모가족협회는 이번주 일요일 (12월 1일) 3시부터 6시까지 사무실 (5호선 화곡역 근처)에서 나눔학교 부모교육을 받을 예정입니다. 그때 아이를 봐줄 자원봉사자 2명을 모집하고자 합니다. 가능하신 분 제게 연락주세요~ KUMFA is looking for 2 volunteers to babysit this Sunday (Dec. 1st) from 3-6pm at their office (near Hwagok station, line 5) while they receive “sharing school” parenting classes. please contact me if you are able to help out!
finally have all the KUMFA (Korean Unwed Mothers’ Families Association) paypal account figured out and fixed! that means we can now accept monthly (or one-time) donations again!
to make monthly donations, please sign up through my blog (sorry, the KUMFA website is currently under construction so the Paypal donate button is being temporarily housed on my blog (under the ‘about me’ section) - if others want to add it to their blog/website, please let me know!). the monthly donation can be as little as $5 a month…who can’t spare $5 per month for a great cause? ^^