[Report] HUMA project at SAWL
Suwon Academy of World Languages
Members of international volunteer group were in search of next project, one member suggested a campaign by HUMAN ASIA that connects supporters with those in need: through toys. The idea was great: supporters making toys themselves and putting them up for adoptions, thereby making other people involved. Initially, only a few students could afford to participate in the program because of the high cost. However, I was pleased to learn that HUMAN ASIA was willing to share the cost in order to facilitate more student participation, which enabled many students to participate in the meaningful campaign to make HUMA.
*Named after HUMAN ASIA, HUMA is the name of the doll organization promotes for one its campaign, HUMA project.
On July 14th, the program was attended by students of the Russian language department and the UNESCO volunteer group. At the beginning, I wasn’t too serious about what I was doing. But after learning from Ms. Jeonglim Kim, the Secretary-General of HUMAN ASIA about the dire situations Nepalese children face every day, I felt more responsibility towards the project. HUMAN ASIA is currently supporting the children in extreme poverty in Kathmandu, but there are still many abandoned children waiting for aid. I tried to do my best hoping that pretty toys that we make would help more children.
I did make up my mind to do my best, but it wasn’t that easy when I actually tried to do it myself. I was afraid that I would mess it up. However, kind instructors from Lusy & Friends taught me how to make a lovely doll, patiently answering all my questions. So I could make the toy more easily. Moreover, with the help of my science teacher, I could make pretty oufit for my HUMA. When I looked at my friends, I could see even male students immersed themselves in making their own HUMAs. Two hours were given but I skipped the study hall to make more accessories and shoes on my HUMA. After sewing black buttons for eyes, and the colored threads to the toys’ heads, and finally, drawing happy faces, all of us found ourselves calling their HUMAs ‘child’. This is why it is said that the toys are adopted, not sold. Everyone seemed so attached to them that they named and took photos with their ‘children’.
I was so impressed to see my fellow students taking their time off, making toys with great care. Also, I was excited at the thought of helping Nepalese children with precious toys. Adopters, for their part, would feel happy not only to aid children in Nepal and but to adopt them.
It is very meaningful that I could aid those in need with the HUMA I made myself. Every thread was meaningful. I really appreciate HUMAN ASIA for helping us through the campaign. I felt proud and impressed that around 65 students had gathered to make toys with love and care. We felt happy. HUMA adopters will feel happy. And the children in Nepal will be happier. I hope more and more people could enjoy happiness by taking part in the campaign.
Translated by, Sunbok Lee, Ewha Womans University GSTI