Jan 18, 2022

The first lady of South Korea, "Kim Jong-Suk", was very happy with the determination of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) students with disabilities. They train to master the skills of "Taekwondo". It has positive effects on the health of the body, and mental health.

She said, “I would like to thank Her Excellency Sheikha Jamila bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, Director General of SCHS, and all the workers in this leading institution who are keen on continuous cooperation with the Republic of South Korea in more than one field”.

She also was so proud of the achievements made because of the fruitful cooperation between SCHS and a number of Korean institutions and authorities. For example, the Korean Telecom Company cooperated with SCHS in Al ZAHIA SMART FARM. In addition to the cooperation with the University of Iowa in the Music Therapy Program. She hopes to continue and develop this cooperation in the future in several areas.

Following a Taekwondo show presented on Monday, January 17, 2022 by students of Al-Amal School for the Deaf, in front of the first lady of South Korea, SCHS’s general manager and a number of officials from both sides, Ms. Kim praised students’ keenness to learn the basics of sports. They strive to achieve their dreams starting with the white belt. Then, reaching the yellow belt and facing challenges to acquire the blue and red belts. Finally, reaching the final goal by acquiring the black belt.

To encourage SCHS students, the South Korean First Lady mentioned A Korean proverb to motivate them. It says, "You must make the way if you do not find it". She expressed her aspiration for more cooperation between SCHS and Korea to reach more achievements that serve people with disabilities and the entire society.

Moreover, she highly appreciated SCHS's pioneering role and its endeavors to include, advocate and empower persons with disabilities. SCHS plays a significant role in order to reflect a bright image of persons with disabilities, work to integrate them into society and continuously improve their quality of life.

The student of the Early Intervention Center, "Mohammed Ahmed Al-Sayed Mujahid" presented a bouquet of roses to Mrs. Kim Jong-Suk at the beginning of her visit. Then, she listened to a brief introduction about Foundation’s history as the first Emirati institution that has been serving people with disabilities since 1979.

For her part, Her Excellency Sheikha Jamila bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, Director General of SCHS, praised the visit of the First Lady of South Korea to the Foundation to see the services and programs provided to persons with disabilities.

She also expressed her hope that cooperation between the two sides would witness further progress and development, especially within programs and curricula.

At the end of the visit, the two sides exchanged souvenirs. The first lady of South Korea presented the "black belt" which has deep meanings in the sport of taekwondo to Her Excellency Sheikha Jamila bint Muhammad Al Qasimi. In turn, the Director General of SCHS presented a painting by Emirati artist Moza Abdullah to Mrs. “Kim Jong-Suk".