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.


2017년 6월 15일 목요일

Global citizenship education

Gangnam Youth Center organized a global citizenship education to understand India and Turkey on 18th May. 51 Chengdam middle school students participated in this class and they cooked nann, curry, Menemen(Turkish home breakfast) with local instructors.

Equal Pay for Equal Work

Seoul YWCA campaigned Equal Pay for Equal Work on 25th May. They spoke out the large gap between women and men's wage for equal work and received signatures to designate "Equal Pay for Equal Work Day"

Label GMO products!

Seoul YWCA has been claiming Korean government should take legal measures to label GMO food.
There's a chance that GMO food harms human health, so customers should be able to choose GMO or Non-GMO food for what they eat. Now South Korea is No.1 GMO importing country in the world, however, current legislation doesn't force the industry to label GMO on soy bean sauce, frying oil, instant noodles.

2017년 5월 31일 수요일

Sexual discrimination in children's TV show


Seoul YWCA is monitoring a diversity of media tools whether or not it contains gender discrimination contents. Last April, the monitor members looked through 79 children TV shows to found out cases violate gender equality.

A lady character doll was worried and said "Oh I gained 0.33kg than yesterday!"
-> This pictures that women are too much concerned about how to be looked by other. This scene also encourages lookism.

Mon does house chores and Dad makes money from work.
-> This may make children to grow traditional gender roles stereotype.

2017년 5월 30일 화요일

Special fundraising event at Starbucks

On May 25th, a new Starbucks coffee shop has been opened in the Shinsegae Department Store located in Myeongdong. They thankfully launched an opening event with Seoul YWCA.
When a customer donates above 3,000won(around 3 dollars), Starbucks offers a mug for free and the donated money goes to Seoul YWCA. The fund raised by the customers will be used for youth delinquents to be stood up by themselves. It was great collaboration between Starbucks and Seoul YWCA. Looking forward to next one to make this world better!

2017년 5월 25일 목요일

Seoul YWCA Breakfast Meeting

May 23rd, Peace Bridge 95 people were invited to the Breakfast Meeting Seoul YWCA hosted in the Royal Hotel. The purpose of this meeting was to celebrate Seoul YWCA's 95th anniversary and share the vision towards 100th year. Also there was a networking time with community leaders in Korean society. The president Ms.Jongnam Cho explained the way Seoul YWCA walked along and YWCA's future for justice-, equity-,life-centered world.

Seoul YWCA hopes all the participants to become supporters of YWCA and have interests in what we are doing. Thank you all!

2017년 5월 22일 월요일

World Friend Korea volunteering program has been kicked off!

May 19th~21th, 2017 the 34th World Friend Korea Volunteering program has been kicked off and Seoul YWCA had the first meeting with students. Seoul YWCA plans to go to Tanzania in this summer and provides IT class for Tanzania YWCA members.
Also the Korean volunteers will prepare for art, music, physical education for St. Augustine primary school students and cultural exchange activity with Tanzanian children and youths. Please wish us good luck!

Seoul YWCA news in April

Garak Social Welfare Service Center launched the "Healthy homemade pizza" class on the April 15th. Parents and their children made unique pizza shows the family's specialty. This event provide cheerful weekend all the participants.

Boncheon Social Welfare Service Center ran a class that fosters multiculture activists during from April 13th to 27th. 17 participants learned the necessity of understanding multicultural environment and teaching methods.

2017년 5월 7일 일요일

Seoul YWCA went to CSW!

March, 10th-20th, 2017, Seoul YWCA HEEJIN LIM(EWHA Y, Peacetalktalk) participate UN CSW 61 (CSW is abbreviation for Commission on the status of women) with three other young women participants.
Before CSW, She also participated the youth forum which was held by UN women.
In youth forum, she debated and share opinion about gender equality with people from all over the world.

This year, the main theme of CSW is "Women's economic empowerment in the changing world of work". During the session, she can learn about each countries' policy for women and also share various viewpoints through interactions with participants from many countries.

Also, she prepared presentation about "women and war, conflict" with other young women participants. They inform seriousness of sex slaves during the war to international society. They also joined the campaign with World YWCA and invited Asian YWCA members for sharing.

2017년 4월 12일 수요일

2017 New staff training

April 6th, 2017, all the nine new staffs from the headquarter and branches got together for a staff training. They learned YWCA's history, purpose, mission, vision, organization, system etc. After lunch, the participants looked around the SeoulYWCA building and realized an important place to make a lot of change to people.

2017년 4월 11일 화요일

SeoulYWCA News in March

Bongcheon Social Welfare Service Center started a lecture called "Fun Art Class with Mommy" on March 16th.
This class will strengthen family bonds through art therapy, parenting education, children recreation activities.

Garak Social Welfare Service Center implements "Senior Dementia Prevention Class" on March 15th. The staffs consult with local seniors to check if there's any signs of dementia and teach useful working-out positions seniors can practice in their everyday life.

2017년 3월 15일 수요일

                               A charity bazaar will take place on the 30th of March 10:00-18:00 at the Seoul YWCA lobby.
Seoul YWCA does volunteering works for Myanmar refugee women every year named Peace in Asia, and this event is part of fundraising to share basic needs with refugee women and kids.
The selling brand is MCM which is famous for luxurious fashion items such as shoulder bag, tod bag, purse, belt, scarf.
 We hope many of you stop by Seoul YWCA building and buy some fabulous stuff suitable this warm & shiney  weather. The profit from this bazaar all goes into Peace in Asia activity.

2017년 3월 14일 화요일

The 150th anti-nuclear power plant campaign

Although we know we have uploaded a number of anti-nuclear power plant campaigns recently,  it means to close all the nuclear power plant throughout the Korean peninsula is the most urgent to happen.
The campaign has happened to be 150 times up to date, so Korea YWCA and Seoul YWCA and 40 local YWCAs all got together to raise awareness. As we described in the past post, Gori&Wolseong nuclear reactor already passed its longevity, it's definitely time for them to rest forever.
However, there are still many people believe the nuclear power plants are necessary to provide enough electricity, despite the fact that Korean citizens are offered sufficient energy from other resources. Now the world needs us to develop renewable energy.

2017년 3월 7일 화요일

Seoul YWCA News in Feb

Seongdong Youth Center opened Youth career path education center to support free-semester system on the 22th Feb. The center was built by Youth Center's members suggesting citizen participated budget plans in Seoul Metropolitan government. There are various job experiences you can learn such as cooking, baking, video making, coding, nail polishing, make-up skills.

Bongchen Social Welfare Center had a donation ceremony with Bongsam Love Sharing Supporterson the 14th Feb. 90 community members of BLSS has been donationg school uniform fee and scholarship every year since 2014.

2017년 2월 21일 화요일

Action to stop Wolseong-1 nuclear reactor

Last year, the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission applied for extending the life of the nuclear reactor up to 2022. The reactor has been working since 1983 which was designed to run for 30 years and its lifespan was already over 4 years ago. The Seoul Administrative Court  concluded that the Wolseong-1 nuclear reactor need to put to a stop. Now the commission is preparing for appeal.
Against the commission's decision, 2,167 civic activists filed a suit protesting it. Seoul YWCA joined the protest on 17th Feb, urging not to discuss further argument on court's verdict. Actually today(22th Feb, 2017) is the last day the commission can appeal. We, Seoul YWCA members believe the commission must not appeal so that the hazardous reactor can be removed as soon as possible.

2017년 2월 12일 일요일

Seou YWCA news in January

Gangnam Youth Center conducted a volunteering program that grows youth's sense of community and sharing for middle and high school students enjoying their winter vacation.
The center facilitated for the youth to visit nursing home, mentoring children in need. The participants had a great time by communicating the elderly and the kids learning about community development.

Nowon Women's Resources Development Center hosted a job fair with a company, Front-runner. The Front-runner is specialized in growing afterschool instructors, this time, it was mainly about hiring software coding programmer. The Front-runner introduced an outlook of SW coding sector and related training sessions. The participants had been offered job interviews and free training classes.

2017년 2월 9일 목요일

Book mentoring project


We would like to introduce a representative program Seoul YWCA is doing to empower youth women in detention home. It's called "Book Mentoring Project" that sending humanistic or literary books to female youngers trained in detention home every month with warm-hearted hand-written letter.

This month, Korea Starbucks staffs participated in packing the books and wrote kind letters for this program. We hope the books will be sent to our friends can be a life-changing mentor and contribute to thinking about their future after their time in the detention home.

If you want to support this program, please contact here: i-friend@seoulywca.or.kr

The 146th anti-nuclear powerplant campaign

On the Feb 7th, even the freezing cold weather couldn't block these women to voice out on anti-nuclear power plant in both Korea and the world.
 The continuous domestic earthquake news makes us more nervous and threatens people's safety near the nuclear power plants and throughout the country. This is why Seoul YWCA has never stopped the campaign.

Despite the cold weather, many people in Myeongdong supported the "Goodbye Nuclear Power Plants" campaign. We always tremendously feel thankful for them.

Save energy project in churches

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