KOROOT IS A NON-PROFIT.
We run a guesthouse for adoptees, a publishing company that publishes books about the adoption discourse, and a small research center, which is in its first steps. As an NGO, we are an organization that raises issues of the overseas adoption problems and contribute to the child care discourse in our society.
KoRoot opened in July 2003 to support overseas adoptees' visit to their home country. Kim Gil-ja, the chairperson of KoRoot, remodeled this house where her family had lived, and lets us use it free of rental charge. It is a beautiful house with a garden in the neighborhood of Cheongun-dong, near the Blue House. Pastor Kim Do Hyun and his wife Kong Jung-ae, who lived in Europe for a long time, have been responsible for managing KoRoot since February 2004.
Since 2004, about 3,500 overseas adoptees have stayed at KoRoot. With about 250 to 300 people a year, that’s an average of 7 to 8 people a day. Although overseas adoptees were born in Korea, they suffered separation from their parents and their families, and they have the common point of being people who have been stripped of Korean community life. But on the other hand, they are also people whose life paths, languages, and cultures are very different. KoRoot offers a place for the adoptees to get together and hopefully have an interesting and joyful time while sharing growing experiences.
At KoRoot, the adoptees who live in Korea and the people staying in the guesthouse share holidays such as New Year, Chuseok, and Solidarity Day (Thanksgiving Day). Sometimes a house concert, movie screening, art workshop, or discussion is held at KoRoot and guests are always welcome to participate. Many people who have visited KoRoot come back. They consider KoRoot as a "home away from home."
KoRoot is managed by House manager Mrs. Kong Jeong-ae and her husband Director Kim Do Hyun. We have receptionist Chris Kim and staff member Simone Huits who is an adoptee from The Netherlands. Mrs. Choi In-ja prepares a delicious lunch each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Her husband Kim Sang-su helps out on all kinds of levels, from cleaning to painting and decorating the house. KoRoot also employs Kim Minjeong who works on administration and accounting and is a single mom. From October 2016 we hired Mrs. Lee Jinseon to do administration for KoRoot.