Miss Korea helps deliver aid to Nepal

March 2, 2016
Miss Korea 2015, Lee Min-ji, poses with a local child during the opening ceremony of the Nepal Gunji Korea Franchise Association and Um Hong Gil Human School in Bardiya, Nepal on Feb. 23. (Courtesy of the Um Hong Gil Human Foundation)

Miss Korea 2015, Lee Min-ji, poses with a local child during the opening ceremony of the Nepal Gunji Korea Franchise Association and Um Hong Gil Human School in Bardiya, Nepal on Feb. 23.
(Courtesy of the Um Hong Gil Human Foundation)

From left -- 2nd runner-up So Mirim, the winner Lee Minji, and the 1st runner-ip Kim Ye-rim. (Newsis)

FILE — From left — 2nd runner-up So Mirim, the winner Lee Min-ji, and the 1st runner-ip Kim Ye-rim. (Newsis)

By Kim Hyo-jin

Miss Korea 2015, Lee Min-ji, participated in voluntary activities in Nepal last month, according to a philanthropic foundation.

Lee, 25, reportedly volunteered to help bring medical aid for locals and engaged in charity work for children in Bardiya, a western border district of Nepal, the Um Hong Gil Human Foundation said.

She accompanied a group of foundation officials and 40 other volunteers to the district Feb. 22-29 to commemorate the opening of a school there.

The school, named the Nepal Gunji Korea Franchise Association and Um Hong Gil Human School, was built as part of the Human School Project, aimed at building 16 schools in Nepal.

Um, a renowned South Korean mountaineer who has climbed 16 Himalayan peaks, started the project in 2008 to help children deprived of education opportunities because they live in remote mountainous areas of Nepal. The Nepal Gunji School is the 11th and three more are under construction, the foundation official said.

Lee, inspired by the foundation’s work, joined the opening ceremony of the school on Feb. 23 and volunteered to help villagers for three days following the event.

She helped distribute medical supplies and provided assistance to South Korean doctors and officials at the public health center where they treated over 300 locals who knocked on the door for medical aid.

“Lee’s participation was critical as we had only one nurse accompanying the group,” said the official of the foundation Hong Ok-sun.

“I will work continuously with the foundation to expand educational opportunities for children living in remote areas,” Lee said, mentioning the experience was inspiring.

The business sector also joined hands with the foundation on the philanthropic project. The Korea Franchise Association and provided financial aid to build the school that has 11 classrooms and various facilities and the outdoor apparel brand Millet donated school uniforms and bags for about 200 students.

Winning the title of Miss Korea in 2015, Lee majored in vocal arts at Sungshin Women’s University.

2 Comments

  1. ace writers

    July 31, 2017 at 7:14 AM

    Had the opportunity to work there several years ago and came away with the impression that they are man-for-man generally a wonderful people cast in a difficult situation even without the earthquake. They send their people all over the world to work in some terrible conditions (I’ve seen in this in the Middle East) just so that they can survive to this level. This is a terrible and, while no one deserves this kind of fate, undeserved tragedy and is especially painful to watch from afar.

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    September 7, 2017 at 3:10 AM

    Miss Korea must be very generous. She so amazing. I wish good luck to Nepal/

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