Updates

June 9, 2020

Myeong Hoon receives his Masters degree

One of LBTO’s scholarship recipients, Myeong Hoon, this Spring was awarded his Masters Degree in Viola. As a result of the global pandemic, he was unable to attend a commencement, celebrate this extraordinary accomplishment, or experience the closure to this chapter of his life. We would like to celebrate his accomplishment with your help. We are asking you to honor him by sending graduation cards and gifts to him C/O LBTO 3327 Hampton Way Eugene, OR 97401. Please take the time to read his interview and listen to a short viola piece.

Here is a letter recently received from him:

“Dear Love Beyond the Orphanage Patrons,

Warm greetings to you all!  

First of all, I sincerely thank all the LBTO supporters.  Without your help, I would not have been able to graduate from Manhattan School of Music.  I was offered a full scholarship, but the additional living expenses would have been too overwhelming for me to pursue my study.  Because of your generosity, I am now one step closer to my dream.  I am truly grateful to LBTO also for reaching out to me weekly with phone calls, checking to see if I had any other needs.  Your caring heart truly made me feel that I belonged to a family, namely, LBTO.  Thus, I didn’t have to struggle with loneliness.  While studying at MSM, I never had to worry about food or transportation fees either because of your support.  I thank you all for making possible for me to focus just on music.  As you made possible for me to study music in America, I would like to help others in needs to achieve their dreams as well.  My next goal is to audition and become a member in an orchestra.  Right now, it is tough to find a job, but meanwhile, I will be taking any performing opportunities and also will be giving private lessons to financially support myself.  Once again, I truly appreciate all your support.  I am also greatly thankful to God for His guidance for me to be where I am now.  Thank You!

Sincerely,

Myeon Hoon”

June 9, 2020

Our animated logo explained:

We would like to share the meaning behind our new logo. Look carefully and you will see a heart transforming into a butterfly. It symbolizes that love and support surrounding aged-out orphans can help set them free.  After living a cloistered life in an orphanage until age 18, these young and vulnerable souls then face the reality of a mandatory discharge into society which imposes a negative stigma on orphans. The vast majority of these aged-out orphans are unprepared to transition into independent living.  They face the immediate, harsh realities of loneliness, isolation, and a feeling of shame of being labeled an “orphan.”  They are prey to the many predators seeking to abuse them physically, sexually and financially.  Love Beyond the Orphanage is committed to helping these vulnerable youths attain hope, and a viable existence by building relationships and providing emotional and financial support.  We provide college scholarships, host holiday events, and connect them with mentors.  Our aim is to empower them to feel confident and reach for their dreams.  At a fundamental level, these young people seek love and a sense of belonging.  If you would like to help these young souls blossom and emerge into society as represented by the butterfly, we ask for your financial support.  They need your help.  Thank you!

we are excited to share our new website!

May 30th, 2020

The Board of Directors is pleased to unveil our organization’s updated online presence. Our new website is streamlined to make it easy to find the pages you need. Our logo has also been upgraded for a more contemporary feel.  This new look has us excited for the future as we continue providing for aged out orphans in need. Please take a look and share with your friends.