2017년 8월 16일 수요일

Save energy project in churches

Seoul YWCA is running "Saving Energy Project in Church". Last weekend, August 12th, Seoul YWCA visits Onsarang Church located in Dongjakgu. Children coming to the church participated in the saving energy class.

 An environment lecturer Ms. Kim Mi Kyung taught about global warming and why it is so important to save energy and how we can save energy.

As a way of save energy, they learned how to make solar panel light with Ms.Kim. It was surprising that the lights are on even without any battery. They made their mind to save energy by using these kind of solar energy and concern more about the resources they are using in their daily life. 

2017년 8월 8일 화요일

Youth Peace Camp in Vladivostok

Seoul YWCA Youth Program team hosted Youth Peace Camp in Vladivostok. 

Deportation of Koreans in the Soviet Union, originally conceived in 1926, initiated in 1930, and carried through in 1937, was the first mass transfer of an entire nationality in the Soviet Union.  Almost the entire Soviet population of ethnic Koreans (171,781 persons) were forcefully moved from the Russian Far East to unpopulated areas of the Kazakh SSR and the Uzbek SSR in October 1937. The official reason for the deportation was to stem "the penetration of the Japanese espionage into the Far Eastern Krai", as Koreans were at the time subjects of the Japan, which was hostile to the Soviet Union. Estimates based on population statistics suggest that 40,000 deported Koreans died in 1937 and 1938 from starvation, exposure and difficulties adapting to their new environment.

So this time YWCA youth members visited the historic site and met with Koreans rooted in the region after the deportation. The new generations, even though they were not good at Korean language any more, tried to interact with Korean students and learned a little bit about Korea. All the participants hoped a peaceful and soonest reunification to freely exchange cultures between Vladivostok and Korea. 

Y-VM Call for application

Seoul YWCA opens an application process to find suitable university students in Korea. Seoul YWCA and Volunteering Matters develop and deliver high impact volunteer-led solutions across the UK in response to some of the most difficult challenges facing individuals and their communities today. We engage more than 30,000 volunteers and 90,000 beneficiaries every year through 180 active programmes across the UK. If you want to be a volunteer and gain English skills, new experiences, as well as friendship in UK, please contact I-friend@seoulywca.or.kr asap. The due date is September 20th, 2017.


2017년 8월 4일 금요일

Feelings from Tanzania - Lee Kwang Ho

The feeling that dominated my mind until the first day was worry rather than expectation. Our preparation was not enough on every aspect. But, my colleagues looked so happy and relaxed even though we were not prepared and had to teach the class tomorrow. That made me worried so much. However, when the first class had started, my thought changed completely. Still, there were a lot of insufficiencies in our classes. Although Kits for the class were not enough and student’s academic achievement was different from what we had expected, student liked us as ourselves regardless of the poor teaching. Though we made a mistake, they accepted and loved it as part of ourselves. Only then, I realized that I am the one who can’t really adjust in Tanzania, not our team members.
There were a lot of problems while we had worked in Tanzania. There were conflicts among colleagues and sometimes miscommunication with local people caused some misunderstanding and conflicts. However, we tried to understand and love each other though we had conflicts, as a result, it gave us a chance to learn and understand more about Tanzania and made our friendship deeper than before.
I remembered a speech heard at the first group meeting. A lecturer said that ‘now, you are planning to teach the local people but, you will be the one who learned the most’. That was totally right. I’ve learned a lot in this volunteering program. What I saw in Tanzanian’s life was ‘Hakunamatata’. They have the heart to see the world positively whichever circumstance they faced. So, everything is relaxed and calm in Tanzania. There are smile and peace in their face and they seem to truly enjoy their life. In Korea, We used the word ‘ppalli ppalli(Quick quick)’ a lot. Every Korean tries to seek the faster and easier way. Our life is also focused on achieving employment, marriage, and promotion as soon as we are at the time. Korea is economically wealthier than Tanzania. However, I want to ask whether or not we are as happy as people of Tanzania. Maybe, we are the one who needs a real learning from them, it was not the Tanzanian.


Volunteering program in Tanzania

Seoul YWCA had successfully done World Friends Korea volunteering service in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania during 12th July ~ 25th July, 2017.
The volunteers are composed of divers university students throughout the domestic Korea and they were mainly majored in information technology.
The volunteer activities were to teach kids in St. Augustine primary school and to teach MS Excel, Word, Powerpoint at the computer classes in YWCA Dar es Salaam Branch.
Korean students learned global citizenship through this program, and they will take action to make a better world after this activity. 

2017년 6월 25일 일요일

Save Energy Save Earth

"We are SESE!"
SESE refers to Save Energy Save Earth which is a small club name Korea Energy Agency organized. They are composed of 36 middle and high school students.
June 17th, Saturday, Seoul YWCA and the SESE collaborated to campaign on the Myeongdong street for saving energy.
The citizens in Myeongdong participated in the campaign to learn about renewable energy, how to save energy in the peak season, and write a note their resolution to save energy in their home.

This campaign had run for three hours under the scorching sunshine. All the youths were enjoyed the campaign and make up their mind to save energy throughout a year!

Labeling GMO

Seoul YWCA staffs participated in a training session to learn more about GMO. “Genetically Engineered Foods”, “Genetically modified organisms,” or GMOs, are organisms that have been created through application of transgenic, gene-splicing techniques that are part of biotechnology. These transgenic methods for moving genes around are also called “genetic engineering,” or GE.
This relatively new science allows DNA (genetic material) from one species to be transferred into another species, creating transgenic organisms with combinations of genes from plants, animals, bacteria, and even viral gene pools. The mixing of genes from different species that have never shared genes in the past is what makes GMOs and GE crops so unique. It is impossible to create such transgenic organisms through traditional crossbreeding methods.
In South Korea, labeling GMO law is not enacted yet, so many citizens don't care about what GMO is, what kind of ingredients industrial product have, what the harm GMO food will bring about.
Korea is the first ranked country to import GMO food from all over the world and our food self-sufficiency rate is only 23%. This numbers are not the positive signals to keep our food security. 
Besides the food security in Korea, Seoul YWCA request related-governmental organization to label GMO food. Ever since GMOs entered the market 20 years ago, we’ve been kept in the dark about whether food we feed our families contain GMOs. While our reasons for wanting to know what’s in our food may vary, what unifies us is the belief that it’s our right. Without labeling of GMOs, we cannot make informed choices about our food. The Just Label It campaign was created to advocate for the labeling of GMO foods.


Save energy project in churches

      Seoul YWCA is running "Saving Energy Project in Church". Last weekend, August 12th, Seoul YWCA visits Onsarang Church...