Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.
We found 27 multicultural centers who are specifically focusing on welfare and migrant women’s health. There are many multicultural centers emerging in Korea due to rapid increase in the number of migrant in the society not only by the government, but also by religious communities. They are also paying their attention to before and after childbirth care for both mother and baby. And in August, 2011, Korean government began to provide migrant women with helpers for their postpartum care.
Youngdeunpo, where our company is located, is one of the poorest regions in Seoul. There are many factory districts in this region and many people from South Asia are working there. Many of migrant women are working in the field of manufacturing and service, and we also have hired some of them for restaurant and catering service business after certain period of education. Migrant women in this area are our first target to start our business for.
Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
For many years, Organization Yori have built an excellent experience in the field of restaurant and catering business with migrant women and professional cooks. We have strong sense of community and fellowship among us, and know very well how to work with migrant women and what they really need. ‘Motherheart box’ is the result of such relationship and is what migrant women’s community in Korea urgently needs at this moment. According to our research, the outcome of government’s survey also shows that many migrant women in Korea demand postpartum care service, too. We think that this kind of business is hard to be done by regular for-profit organizations or be the government because they do not have sufficient experience and database on migrant women comparing to our organization. Thus, we strongly believe that Organization Yori is the most appropriate candidate to run a postpartum service for migrant women in Korea.