South Korea: Women's Hope Center
Korea’s abortion rate is estimated at 75 percent, driven by the international sex trade and intense cultural pressure to abort pregnancies outside of wedlock.
Women's Hope Center (WHC) exists to see every life valued from conception and every exploited woman in Korea free, healed and empowered.
We currently offer crisis pregnancy and post-abortion counseling nationwide via our online chat and in-person in 5 major cities, as well as educational seminars, long-term housing, and education and job training opportunities.
We are building a social enterprise to provide safe employment to our clients, and also hope to establish a “safe house” for sexually abused women.
This boy’s teen mom saw her baby's heartbeat on an ultrasound at 6 weeks. From then she began to run to save his life. She survived severe beatings before she found WHC, arriving only with the clothes on her back. Once her son was born her parents forced her to give him up for adoption but recently, miraculously, she was allowed to get him back though at the expense of being severed from her parents.
She chose her son.
She is staying at a short-term shelter close enough to her high school so she can complete her last semester of high school.
Thereafter, in December, they will be returning to the House of Peace (an apartment owned by WHC) for long-term care and support (for job training and potential employment in our future social business).
All financial gifts received designated for our approved “alliance” affiliates will be forwarded to them in a reasonable timeframe (usually upon exceeding $250US). Heartbeat International deducts $30 plus 3% from the transfer, to help defray internal cost for money transfers, currency conversion, clerical costs, bank fees and any processing fees that might be charged. Should any funds be unable to be forwarded – primarily related to the recipient - they may be re-allocated for similar international work.