A family in Seoul has turned to a simple but vital tool: donations.
As a small business owner, Ms Yeon-jung says it’s important to keep the lights on and the money flowing for her family.
“I do not think I will survive on that, it’s just too difficult to survive without my family,” she said.
“So, I am trying to do what I can.”
The South Korean family of seven is trying to scrape together $3.1 million through a series of fundraisers.
The money will help pay for rent and food, which is a necessity for their four children.
“We have two boys and two girls,” Ms Yeo-jong said.
“Our youngest son is about seven and he can’t do much with his life.”
The family of four also has two older sons, ages 14 and 18.
“They have a lot of money in their bank accounts, so it’s not easy,” Ms Yoon-jang said.
But the eldest son, Mr Jin-ho, said the support they have received has been “wonderful”.
“It’s really good to see the amount of support we’ve received from people around the world,” Mr Jinho said.”[We] are so grateful and thankful that they have come to our aid and helped us out.”‘
It’s not just for us’The family is hoping to raise enough money to put a roof over their heads, and for food.
“There are people around us that we are really grateful to and that are trying to help us out, so that we can go on with our lives,” Ms Jinho explained.
“This is just to help our family, so we can be with our kids.”‘
I feel like a new person’Ms Yeon’s story comes at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet.
The South Korea household of 7 has two children aged 14 and 14.
“For the next six months, we have to be in a constant state of financial hardship,” Ms Yin-jin said.
This is despite the fact the family is “fully supported by the community”, Ms Yeun-jih said.
The family have been able to make up for the shortfall through donations from friends and family.
The donations are not just a financial support, but also a way to help their community.
“It makes us feel like we’re living our own lives, and not just in the Korean culture,” Ms Yang said.
It’s a “socially acceptable” way of supporting others, Ms Yang added.
“If we can do something like that, we are thankful.”
A ‘good friend’For the most part, the family has been supported by friends and relatives.
“People who have donated have said that they are really happy to be able to help and that they want to continue supporting us,” Ms Choi-jeong said of the support.
“When we get our monthly allowance, we don’t have to worry about food.
So, they’re really nice people.”
The support is not just from friends, but from other Korean families as well.
“Some people are from different countries, but they support each other, so they are helping each other,” Ms Cheong-ki said.
Topics:human-interest,community-and-society,economics-and,education,community,family-and-$,economy,social-economics,government-and/or-politics,south-koreaFirst posted February 15, 2020 14:40:36Contact Sarah SmithMore stories from South Australia