“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” This famous quote by the inspiring writer and politician Helen Keller has been truly personified in the deeply moving efforts made by KDI School community, who answered KDI School’s call for mask donation and did not hesitate to repay the wonderful journey they had on campus, whether on a professional or personal level.
In fact, since the outbreak of COVID-19, KDI School has made great efforts to protect the health of its international students. We have provided masks, performed regular disinfection of the school’s buildings, installed gel dispensers and thermal cameras, and conducted classes via videoconferencing. Both the KDIS staff and students are working together to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our community.
However, with the COVID-19 outbreak still about and the national demand for masks persisting, a new five-day rotation system has recently been implemented by the Korean government regarding mask distribution. Under this system, masks can be purchased in limited quantity by Korean nationals and foreigners with national health insurance.
Unfortunately, since international students are not eligible for national health insurance, approximately 200 of KDI School’s international students cannot buy new masks and are therefore obliged to continue reusing their current masks, despite presenting some risks if used for an extended period.
KDI School, in its continuous and resourceful ways to achieve the best for its students under any circumstance, has decided to launch a first-of-its-kind campaign, labeled “KDI School Mask Donation Campaign,” which is a call for mask donation aimed at its KDI School family members all over the globe. Any KDI School members with access to masks was urged to consider donating masks to KDI School’s international students by mailing them via post.
The principle of this campaign was simple, yet effective. KDIS alumni demonstrated a great response, and over a short period, the school began to receive new masks.
As a result of the deep generosity and voluntary contribution of the alumni, faculty, staff, and students a total of 515 face masks and filters have been received. In addition, one of the alumni has helped KDI School to secure a mask supplier, from which supplies for dormitory residents can be secured for a month.
After securing a considerable number of masks, enough to distribute eight masks per student, KDIS shared the happy news with its students and announced the distribution schedule and location for smooth operation.
The international students in KDI School were deeply moved by this kind gesture that informs much about the spirit of unity and helping one another, values rooted in every KDIS student and staff member.
This humanitarian endeavor is an example that should be followed by other educational institutions, and KDI School has always been a leader in terms of unity and urgent yet effective solutions, effectively putting into practice and embodying the concepts, values, and principles it teaches to its students in the classroom.