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Kim memorial fund picks first projects

Mongolian works included after donors specified the country

Doctors of Raphael Clinic are providing free medical service to Mongolian people (Photo courtesy of Raphael Clinic) Doctors of Raphael Clinic are providing free medical service to Mongolian people (Photo courtesy of Raphael Clinic)
  • Stephen Hong, Seoul
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  • February 24, 2011
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A fund-raising agency established in memory of Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan has decided on the first projects it will support since its establishment last year, including three projects in Mongolia.

Babo Nanum ("Fool's Sharing") announced on February 22 it has chosen 28 projects that it will financially support during this year from 162 project applications submitted.

Among the 28 projects, three in Mongolia are the only overseas ones and the others are to support AIDS patients or the marginalized and to educate social activists within the country.

Peter Eom Joung-sik, who has been managing one of the three projects in Mongolia, said Raphael Clinic, a free Catholic clinic for migrant workers in Seoul, has been providing the urban poor in Ulaan Bataar with free medical services and education for Mongolian doctors since 2007.

Their ultimate aim is to establish sustainable medical system in Mongolia by educating Mongolian doctors and providing medical devices, explained Eom who is also a medical doctor before departing for Mongolia.

Nicolas Kim Jong-min, managing director of the agency, said some supporters of the fund designated Mongolia specifically when they donated money, so that these three projects were chosen as their overseas ones for this year.

But he said that from next year they would expand their support to other countries in Asia and Africa.

The other two projects in Mongolia the agency will support are the free medical service that the Catholic Medical Center provides for the poorest of the poor in Mongolia, and the development project that Philippine sisters of the Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary run for the urban poor in Ulaan Bataar.

The agency will support some 700 million won (US$620,000) to the 28 projects.

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