Oak Tree Project is a scholarship and mentoring program for Korean orphans who get into college. Thousands of children have been orphaned in Korea because of abuse, abandonment, poverty, and neglect. They are able to live in government-subsidized orphanages throughout childhood, but once they turn 18, they must move out and manage their lives on their own. The mission of Oak Tree Project is to provide true orphans with financial scholarships for living expenses and a dedicated mentor to help them through college.
Orphans have to pay for tuition as well as living expenses so they have no choice but to get part-time and sometimes full-time jobs, on top of their academic courses, in order to make ends meet. Oak Tree Project provides students with 500,000 KRW a month for living expenses and pairs them with a committed mentor who is there for emotional support until the student graduates. During the semester, Oak Tree scholarship recipients do not work so they can focus on studying, which enables them to achieve higher grades to receive additional scholarships for tuition.
Two of our Footstool staff members participated in the Oak Tree Run fundraiser!
On Saturday, October 15th, Oak Tree Project held its annual Oak Tree Run. There was a 5K, 10K and a half marathon making it accessible for runners and walkers of all ages to be able to participate. Oak Tree Project hosts this yearly event to raise funds (100% of the registration fees) for scholarships and to raise awareness about the struggles orphans. This year, over 550 people signed up for the run in Seoul, representing 35 different countries from around the world. Previous and current scholarship recipients and their mentors had a great time running the 5K together and seeing so many people come out to support their cause!
If you are interested in learning more about Oak Tree Project, please check out their website.