World Ch. Schedule : WED 09:05 KST
* Date : 2016-11-09
In the far barren land of Africa, Korean volunteers arrived.
With their 10 vehicles, Korea Aid traveled to remote villages in 3 African countries to provide heath care, food and cultural content. Their style of aid is unprecedented in that they educate people who lack information regarding hygiene, health care, and food and help them help themselves. Korea Aid's goal is to provide long-term support through sustainable planning. This is the beginning of Korea Aid.
Ongoing health care support is top priority! Ethiopia
The first place Korea Aid's core project, mobile health care, was launched was Ethiopia. In just one day, about 400 to 500 residents came for blood test, AIDS test, and general internal medicine examination. One pregnant woman even saw her baby for the first time through ultrasound. When a local nurse asked if she was happy that the baby was a boy, she replied that she was just happy to receive the health care. Other residents, likewise, expressed their gratitude toward Korean medical staff because they were unable to receive even the simplest medical service for years before.
Korea Aid volunteers knew about the local residents' situation. And they overcame their difficulties by collaborating with local medical staff members. This means that the residents will be able to receive continuous health care even after Korea Aid's departure. This collaboration also helped Jimma University Hospital doctors handle advanced technology and encouraged them to treat the residents with better skill.
In Ethiopia, there is a technical school for Korean War veterans' descendants. Korean experts stay in Ethiopia to teach the highly enthusiastic group of students.
Kalab is a sewing class student. And he is very grateful because his proud grandfather gave him the opportunity to receive this education.
Ethiopians once helped Koreans. And now, Koreans are giving back though an education system that helps people become professionals and plan their own future
We made baby food for the first time! Uganda
Korea Aid's second destination was town of Mpigi in Uganda. There, Korea Aid provided health care services as well as nutrition education classes to mothers. They collaborated with local activists to buy baby food ingredients and teach people how to make baby food using their staple food, fish. Until now, mothers just fed adult food to their babies, not knowing that babies require a special diet. Korea Aid's project made small yet meaningful changes by helping the children have a healthier life, protected from malnutrition and disease.
We change people's perspectives on AIDS. Kenya
Korea Aid medical staff arrived in Kiambu County in Kenya to teach children how to prevent AIDS. "I'm HIV positive. Can you please give me a hug?" A girl in blindfolds stood in the middle, and one by one, her friends went to her and gave her a hug. Through this project, people learned that AIDS cannot be transferred through simple contact. This kind of education may not have immediate visible effects. However, it is Korea AID's belief that helping people protect themselves is the fundamentals.