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Charity Organizations Share Stories of Sharing with Health Care Workers in S. Korea's COVID-19 Epicenter Updated: 2020-03-30 17:05:10 KST

South Korea saw what's called a golden cross over the weekend.
For the first time since the country saw its first reported case of novel coronavirus on January 20th, the nation saw more recovered COVID-19 patients than those under treatment.

"Today, we have achieved the 50 percent recovery mark where there are more people who have recovered than who remain under quarantine treatment."

This would not have been possible, of course, without tens of thousands of health care professionals at the frontlines battling this invisible enemy.
People from all walks of life have been showing their gratitude in their own ways and today we have two charity organizations that managed to bring together some 160-thousand volunteers and donators to South Korea's hardest-hit Daegu, Gyeongsangbuk-do area in hopes that the nation will overcome this pandemic together.

We have Jung Eun-ji, Assitant Manager at Asia Development Foundation and Kim Se-hoon from Changemaker. Welcome both to the program.

First of all, why don't you two tell us what it is that your organizations helped do in channeling help and donations to the health care workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 in South Korea?

Having seen the situation there, what was it like? What did it seem like these health care providers needed the most?

We hear there are quite a sizeable restaurant and cafe owners who are willing to provide lunch boxes and meals to the medical professionals in Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do area.
Now, these are small businesses going out of business themselves. Tell us about their stories. How are you approached?

Sehoon, as part of Changemaker, you are down in Daegu yourself doing charity work. What is it exactly that you do?

Did you also have an opportunity to work with COVID-19 patients? What did you do for them? What did they need the most?

We know that Asian Development Foundation is also working with VANK to introduce South Korea's COVID-19 response to the rest of the world in the form of a global campaign.
What's the purpose of the campaign? What kind of a message are you trying to convey?

For those of our viewers who would like to take part in COVID-19 related donation or volunteer campaigns, are there any that you can introduce to us?

Thank you both for sharing your stories on our News In-Depth tonight. We appreciate it.

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