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December 2, 2019

The Action for Peace through Prayer and Aid (APPA) and Dosan Dream International School (DDS) held a 2019 Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Party last November 21 at the Dream Church, Guri City, South Korea. The Turkey used on that day was ordered directly from the US Army in Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea, by Professor Jay Park, DDS US History teacher.

To celebrate the event, Dr. Paul Leaman (Head of School, Eastern Mennonite School of Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA) and Mrs. Leaman were invited and gave a congratulatory message to participants. For this event DDS students and their parents and English worship members from the Dream Church (Senior Pastor, Rev. & Dr. Kunyoung Hwang) also were invited. 

Particularly for the event, DDS students explained to participants the historical background of Thanksgiving Day. Rev. Sangjin Choi, DDS Head of School and Senior Pastor of Dream Church English Ministry, said we want to hold this event every year and hope to invite locals and foreigners from Guri City...

October 24, 2019

On October 9, the students of Dosan Dream International School (DDS) and their parents held a workshop in Hongcheon, South Korea to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. There are still many people in the world living on $1.25 a day. In fact, the poor in India, Bangladesh and Madagascar have to live on 60-70 cents a day.

Three groups of DDS students and parents met up, and each group chose a poor country. The group who chose India or Madagascar had to make a daily diet of 60-70 cents. This cost had to include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They realized that eating three meals a day is a serious problem for the poor as well if they have to cover rent or other utility expenses. 

Making the meal plans for the poor made the students and parents very sad. The participants tried to make one meal at a time and they spent about $6 for each meal. The students and parents also teared up when they compared their own meals with those of the people in poor countries.

The st...

August 21, 2019

I participated in a global related program sponsored by Action for Peace Through Prayer and Aid(APPA, Economic and Social Council Consultative Status Member NGO) on July 11 and visited the UN. I am Sean Chae going to eighth grade and I am currently attending Jericho Middle School.

On July 11, 2019, me and several other youths in middle and high school visited the United Nations Office in New York. One thing I noticed was that they had the flags of each member country outside the building, the organization placed the flags in alphabetical order to avoid any complaints of discrimination. During this visit we were taken on a guided tour where our tour guide showed and explained the origins and history of the UN. We were even allowed to enter the General Assembly Hall which was very large.

The UN is an international organization with the intention to help those in need and protect the member states. Of the 195 countries on Earth, 193 countries are part of the UN. The two countries not in the...

Joe Navarro, a former FBI profiler, counter intelligence officer, and nonverbal behavior special agent said during a seminar, “It doesn’t matter what you own, it doesn’t matter what you make… the one thing that I’ve learned, the only thing that matters is how you treat those who can do absolutely nothing for you.” Never before have I come across an individual, yet a whole organization live in synchrony with these words as much as the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

The MCC was founded in July of 1920, and operates in more than 50 countries with the purpose to spread love and support to those in need. The MCC provides three phases of aid. During or after a crisis, the MCC responds to provide much needed help to those who are affected. Then, MCC volunteers begin to develop the region, educating children and adults in order to make themselves self sustaining. Once the country have fully developed, they are taught how to maintain peace in order to avoid any future conflicts that may lead...

May 21, 2019

<UN World Telecommunication and Information Society Day> 50th Anniversary Campaign

- Brainstorming UN sustainable development ideas through virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and broadband.

This campaign organized by APPA was held in Gangnam, Seoul City, South Korea on May 18.  More than 60 youths from across the country participated in the even, and shared their ideas how to foster UN sustainable development goals through virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and broadband. The youth also created various PPT presentations and sent them to their SNS members. 

 The youth grouped their ideas into groups and created a PPT and promotional campaign through SNS. For this event Dr. Lim Jong-Hun, Global Leadership Education Development Institute, and Mr. Seung-Taek Lee, a famous computer music program developer were invited.

APPA is preparing several UN-related campaigns in September and November in conjunction with the Dosan Dream International School located in Guri Cit...

Introduction:

Since the beginning of the development of wireless mobile cell phones in the early 1940’s to the first deployment of these cell phones by Motorola in 1973, the gradual advancement of an age full of technology was evident. Alongside the rise of cell phones was a surge of data usage to accompany the overall performance and function of these devices. Data is globally defined as binary digits read by a computer to translate it into a form for transmission and processing that comprises all technological devices. Specifically, data in cell phones can be labeled depending on the generation it was created: first, second, third, and fourth. Therefore, data was initially 1G in the 1980’s, or the first generation, but gradually shifted towards 2G in 1991 then to 3G in 2001, and currently, 4G/LTE, or the second, third, and fourth generation, respectively. Each generation refers to the mobile network technology that allows the compatibility of cellular devices onto the Internet. Moreov...

Introduction:

Since it was founded in 1945, the United Nations (UN) has acted as a crucial helping hand in resolving a diverse variety of problems across the world. With its ultimate purpose of preserving peace and security across the world and ensuring that every human being has access to free and equal rights, the UN seeks to improve relations between nations in order to resolve international issues. As of today, this international organization has helped end conflicts and install reconciliation efforts in a large number of countries, among those including Liberia, Afghanistan, and Bosnia. Through social, military, and political interference, the UN has provided vital aid to these nations during times of immense struggle. Thus, as stated by Ban Ki-moon, the eighth UN Secretary-General, “Together we can build a world we want, a world we’re proud to leave our children and grandchildren.”

Liberia:

On December 1989, a conflict in Liberia, a country located along the West African coast, that...

The painting titled Human Trafficking 1 illustrates the millions of human trafficking victims around the world. The wavy lines around the yellow center depict the victims who are chained up and sold into human trafficking. These lines of people were purposefully made with no hands to describe how powerless and hopeless the human trafficking victims feel. Artist Sang Jin Choi drew each of these people with his thumb to show his dedication to the end of human trafficking. He also drew them in many different colors to show that human trafficking victims can be from any background and race. In the background of this piece the blocks of different colors represent the many different races, languages, and cultures that exist in the world. This illustrates that many people around the world are concerned about this issue and that human trafficking is a worldwide issue. In the center of this painting is a yellow circle. Upon further inspection, you will see that it is a drawing of a globe. The m...

Starting from January 1, 2016, the United Nations (UN) created a list of goals that they were planning to fulfill by the end of 15 years. The list contained 17 different goals and encouraged all countries to mobilize their efforts to bring an end to poverty, tackle the pressing matter of climate change, and to fight against inequality all around the world. The UN hopes that through this global movement, they will be able to transform the world.

The UN stated that for sustainable development to be achieved, it is crucial to harmonize three elements: “economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection.” They have set up a system of global indicators to monitor the progress on the goals for sustainable development. The UN have also created individualized objectives for each of the 17 Goals for Sustainable Development. For instance, the 7th goal is for everyone to have access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy. There are a total of 5 objectives that the UN i...

June 2, 2018

Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime(UNODC), Yury Fedotove mentioned the importance of countering cybercrime, an uprising threat to our current society. He proudly announced many efforts that are currently being made such as training police force, prosecutors, and judges about the swiftly changing crime methods, and educating community to help vulnerable, especially children, be aware of cyber scams and crimes.

Technological development in the field of big data analysis, artificial intelligence, and automation is a significant progress in the modern society to the extant where such progress is referred to as the “fourth industrial revolution.” However, such technology is a double-edged sword; although it helps to prevent current cybercrimes, it also provides more advanced and complex forms of cyber-attacks for assailants. Yury explains how dramatically the cybercrime market is expanding, mentioning that it is “estimated to generate $1.5 trillion in revenue per year.” T...

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