You don’t have to be a Filipino to help our countrymen fulfill their dreams. It takes courage and commitment even if you are from the other side of the region. That’s how Korean businessman nurtured his love for the less-fortunate Pinoys.
President Jae In Moon of the Republic of Korea, has recently awarded Mr. Jae Jung Jang, a Korean businessman in the Philippines, of the Korea National Orders of Merits. The award was given to him for his two decades of service to homeless Filipinos and especially those affected with leprosy.
Mr. Jang started from humble beginnings who attained success through hard work. His family was not affluent and he had studied as a scholar in Korea Maritime University. Later on, he became a ship captain and was able to provide for his family. Then he came to the Philippines in 1984 during the Marcos regime and experienced People Power Revolution and even joined Edsa Revolution in 1986.
It was also in 1986 when he established his company in Manila, UNI-SHIP INC. Today he handles shipping, logistics and IT businesses. In 1992, Mr. Jang has founded Sorok Uni Foundation, a non-profit organization working for and with Filipinos affected by leprosy and homeless urban and rural poor. Oftentimes, people tease him that he seem more Filipino than the Filipinos themselves, for he had found it in his heart to envision a Philippines without forgotten neighbors.
According to him, the homeless and the abandoned, the rejected lepers has to be given another chance in life, they must be given hope and they need to feel the love from the Lord. As a Christian, he believes that Jesus came to this world to take care of those who are suffering like those forgotten neighbors, he didn’t come for those who are healthy and rich.
Mr. Jang hopes others would also give love to the weak and needy, he hopes that the Philippine society will give fair chance and opportunity in life, regardless of their situation or condition.