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KOICA Global Village marks 1st anniversary

2011/06/29 | Permalink | Source

Park Dae-won, sixth from left, chairman of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), poses with migrant women and workers from developing countries who were appointed volunteer KOICA public relations officers, at the KOICA headquarters in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, Wednesday. From left are Phon Vanh from Laos; G. Gina from the Philippines; Hean Senghour from Cambodia; Ho Thi Quyen from Vietnam; Tsedenish Jargal from Mongolia; Chairman Park; Rafael Molina from Peru; Edalkachew Hylegbile from Ethiopia; Hou Sotheavy from Cambodia; Nguyen Thi Hien from Vietnam; Alex from Ethiopia; and Elisa Manuel from the Philippines.

By Kang Hyun-kyung

Park Dae-won, chairman of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), awarded certificates to 11 migrant women and workers from developing countries that have received grants from the aid agency.

The 11 include Phon Vanh from Laos, G. Gina from the Philippines, Hean Senghour from Cambodia and Ho Thi Quyen from Vietnam.

As volunteer KOICA public relations officers, these people will share their expertise in their countries for the KOICA Global Village, an exhibition center located in southern Seoul, according to the aid organization.

The center was set up and opened last year to showcase food, culture and other programs from developing nations that receive aid from KOICA.

In a speech on the one-year anniversary of the Global Village, Park said since the opening of the center, it has played a key role in raising awareness of aid recipient countries among Koreans.

"The Global Village's diverse showcase of food, culture and hands-on programs has helped visitors and the general public have a better understanding of development assistance and realize why we need to help these nations", Park said. "I hope more people can learn more about these nations and aid programs through the village".

Over the past year, the Global Village held three exhibitions on Mongolia, Africa and Latin America.

These events and other programs have drawn an estimated 25,000 people, including pre-school and elementary school students.

The visitors learn how to make food from developing countries and tasted it.

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