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Adopt HUMA Campaign for Nepalese Children
 Human Asia (humanasia@humanasia.org)     2011 11 07    8,142  
  

Adopt HUMA Campaign for Nepalese Children



The first story_ Lee Yoon-ju, Suwon Academy of World Languages


 

 

I participated in a meaningful event arranged by the UNESCO club at my school during the summer vacation—HUMA Campaign. Our club originally had attempted to participate in AWOO dollmaking campaign a few months before, but it felt through somehow. Then, HUMAN ASIA suggested HUMA Campaign, which we were happy to join. At first, we were worried about how we were going to make the doll out of scratch.



While making clothes for the dolls, we often got pricked by the needle because of our poor sewing skill. However, with the help of an instructor from Lucy & Friends, we managed to complete our project. Me and my friends initially thought, Who on earth will adopt a doll like this?. Yet, as we put our heart into each stitch, the thought quickly changed: If no one adopts my HUMA, then I will take her home. In the end, we all fell in love with the dolls we made.


We wanted to go further to do something special with our HUMAs. That is how we came up with Adopt HUMA Campaign for Nepalese Children at our school. We conducted online research about HUMA as well as Nepalese children. We didnt know anything other than the fact that the profits from the campaign will go to deprived children in Nepal. I was shocked to learn that situations in Nepal were worse than I thought. A picture of a nine-year-old girl particularly broke my heart. The girls hands were so wrinkled like grandmothers that I looked back on my own life and thought that my life in Korea is so comfortable. I felt grateful. Moreover, I felt guilty that I had been ignorant about the rest of the world. I promised myself that I would be more sensitive to affairs happening isolated countries, trying to find something I could do to help them.

 


Since we were eager to inform other students of our findings as soon as possible, we set the event day a week later in front of dining hall, the most crowded place at our school. We summed up the reading materials about Nepal and HUMA campaign, displaying them on the board in front of the dining hall. We made pamphlets ourselves and distributed them to every classroom. Since we didnt have much time to make and distribute the pamphlets, we got up extra early in the morning. We were glad to think that more people would pay attention to Nepal.



 

On the event day, we got dressed up in our school uniforms—even if it was during the summer vacation—and displayed the dolls. We greeted the visitors, giving information to them. Seeing many students, who have been indifferent to this type of event, focking to our event, I felt all the efforts we put in the event were paid back all at once. Many of the teachers also joined the event and some even adopted the dolls. Even though there were just few dolls who were adopted, I am satisfied just with the fact that many students came to know about HUMAdolls and learned about Nepals situation. I will not stop participating into more activities like this and keep my interest in Nepalese children.



Second story_ Lee Ye-in, Suwon Academy of World Languages

 

Someone suggested joining HUMA Campaign at our club meeting. At firstI asked: What is it? Doubts came to my mind, whether we could actually do this campaign. However, after learning about the doll, I couldnt wait to participate in the event. After several meetings and trial-and-error, we started making the HUMA dolls in June. When I saw the finished sample first, I was afraid that I couldnt finish a doll all by myself. However, with the help of experts and friends, I started sewing, with my fingers pricked by the needle. My eyes also got red for staring into the needle for so long. I put all my heart into the doll, as if it were my real sister. I actually called the doll my baby. It was hard to make pajamas for my HUMA. Attaching hair to the head was not easy either, but, when the doll was completed, I was speechless. When I named my doll Annie, my English name, she became my real sister.




My club decided that we would organize a HUMA adoption campaign at our school. Although the dolls cost 30,000 won, not cheap for students, many willingly opened their wallets to help troubled children in Nepal. Some students promised to help suffering children in Nepal and other countries instead of adopting a doll. This is the result of our efforts to link HUMA doll with Nepalese children, informing people of harsh lives of Nepalese children. We attached a Nepalese childs profile to each doll and made adopters consider the dolls as real children. The rest of the dolls will be put up on the HUMA doll Internet site. Unfortunately, my doll was not adopted at school, but I hope someone with warm heart will adopt my sister Annie soon.

 


HUMA doll used to be just a strange word to me, but now it became very familiar. Now I think I could give my real heart to the children I am supporting at the moment as well. And I will love them not as just the children I support, but as my real sister. Why dont you be a sister or brother to those who need a real love?

Translated by Eunyoug Yang (Ewha Womans University GSIT)