On July 13th, MCO opened up its operations in Korea with a fundraiser on the Changwon University Campus. Guests of the fundraiser could purchase drinks and snacks at a café, with a portion of the proceeds (about two-and-a-half dollars after the exchange rate) going directly towards MCO’s programs benefiting students in Ethiopia. Partnering with the Mannam Volunteer Organization, the event featured many special programs such as a classical singer, a magic show and a dance performance. There was even a speech by yours truly, given in Korean, which was widely regarded as an embarrassing failure, but I had fun anyway.
At MCO and especially in this newsletter, we believe that educating people about the situation in Ethiopia and the help that these students need to overcome the challenges they face to receiving an education is an important goal. With this fundraiser, we have started to introduce MCO and its work to the people of Korea and foreigners living within Korea. We hope this will open up a whole new world of opportunities for fundraisers, finding new sponsors, and meeting people who care about seeing Ethiopian children and communities strengthened further.
This particular fundraiser saw great success. Despite the particular hot and humid rainy season going on in Korea at the time, roughly 75 guests arrived and donated money to our cause. In all, we raised about $200 just from sales of coffee and snacks alone, and more importantly, further spread the message of MCO’s work and why it’s necessary to others. Helping people learn more about Ethiopia is the first step to causing real change, and we hope to see big change coming out of Korea in the near future.
You can see pictures and a video of the event here: http://mcogasha.blogspot.com/