Habitat for Humanity 2012 Thailand with Korea International School: Carry on the Global Mission of Presenting With a Place to Call Home for All Humanity

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From February 25 to March 4, 2012, a group of fifteen students from Korea International School went to Thailand as youth volunteers for the Habitat for Humanity. For them, this trip had a great significance in their lives because they were able to build a house for a family living in an area destroyed by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds and provides new homes with “the help of the homeowner families, volunteer workers and skilled personnel.” Through this program more than millions of families were able to sleep in clean, decent houses of their own since it was founded in the year of 1976. Now, it became an international business where people around the world began to share their love for humanity through donation or actually helping out with the construction of the homes.

Its missions to bring together and provide homes for the poverty-stricken families and communities in need are the reasons why HFH is important to make a better living for people throughout the world. Many people who received help from HFH and many others in the world are without a voice: a voice that can be heard if others are able to take into consideration. Although they are in pain and hungry, these impoverished families cannot cry out for themselves without the help of others. They are in need of the attention of others in order to gain the voice and find that there is always a hope that guides them out of destitution. Therefore, it is important that organization like Habitat for Humanity prosper for the greater good of the society.

In an effort to continue to follow the global mission of Habitat, KIS students went to Krabi, Thailand and started to build a house from scratch. What was amazing was that the job that was suppose to be finished throughout the whole four days was nearly finished in just one day. Due to a great deal of enthusiasm from the students to work even more, they continued to build the walls using cement and hundreds of bricks. According to the Construction Coordinator of HFH Thailand, U-Thit Labrie, “[t]here’s no youth team [that] finished 80% of the house in four days! You all are amazing!”

Luckily, I was one of the privileged volunteers of this amazing HFH 2012. It was an unforgettable experience for me, as I was able to help building a house for those who were severely affected by the tsunami. Although the work was sometimes tiresome, the thoughts of joie de vivre to be of help, overpowered all of the fatigue and weariness. During the eight days of fabulous adventure, I attained an epiphany: the realization of finding joy in giving service to others.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity, please go to http://www.habitat.org.

Celebrating 2012 International Women’s Day!

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International Women's Day theme

Today, March 8th, is the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2012. This year’s theme is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” and the theme from United Nations is “Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty.” It is the day of “celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements” (Wikipedia).

 

United Nation International Women’s Day themes:

– 2012: Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty
– 2011: Equal access to education, training and science and technology
– 2010: Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all
– 2009: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls
– 2008: Investing in Women and Girls
– 2007: Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls
– 2006: Women in decision-making
– 2005: Gender Equality Beyond 2005: Building a More Secure Future
– 2004: Women and HIV/AIDS
– 2003: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals
– 2002: Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities
– 2001: Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts
– 2000: Women Uniting for Peace
– 1999: World Free of Violence against Women
– 1998: Women and Human Rights
– 1997: Women at the Peace Table
– 1996: Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future
– 1975: First IWD celebrated by the United Nations

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Dedicating to Those Who Fought Against Discrimination #1

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To Be A Woman

Having been born a woman
Means placing your body at the service of others
Giving your time to others
Thinking only in terms of others

Having been born a woman
Means that your body is not yours
Your time is not yours
Your thoughts do not belong to you.

You must swim against all currents,
Rebel, fight and scream
Until you can push the boulders apart
And slip out through the crack,
Destroying the draw bridge, tearing down the walls.
Until you have liberated yourself
From the nothingness you will only conquer
With your woman’s voice, your verb.

Daisy Zamora

Beautiful Dream Concert 2011 – Let’s Raise Awareness of North Korean Youths!

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ABOUT THE CONCERT

There are youth defectors all around you that traveled a long and perilous road to reach a place where their dreams could flourish. Yet, many experience difficulties in adjusting to life here due to differences in culture, disparities in education levels, lack of understanding by fellow professors and students, and other problems regarding their families and their lives. The need for our concern and our help is exigent to insure that their budding hopes and dreams are not rooted out by the cold indifference of society. As a result, we are holding the Beautiful Dream Concert 2011 to raise contributions to aid youth refugees. We would be deeply grateful if you would join us in our effort to protect the bright future of youth defectors.

This August, Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR) is co-organizing the 5th Annual Beautiful Dream Concert to raise awareness and funds for programs that help North Korean youth as they adjust to South Korean society. Programs include the L4 Soccer Team, Hangyoreh Seasonal School, and Defector College Student Leadership Camp.

August 27th, 2011 (Sat) 4:00 pm @ Goyang Aram Nuri Music Hall, Gyeonggi-do (Jeongbalsan Station, Line 3)

Featuring:

 -Go Mi-Hyun (고미현), soprano

-Kim Chul-Woong (김철웅), piano

 -Lee Sang-Jae (이상재), clarinet

-Park Hyo-Shin (박효신), voice

-National Military Symphony Orchestra

*Let’s give support to North Korean Youths out there in the world!