NEW PROJECT: Jacket for Life – providing protection for homeless in Seoul, Korea
On the 10th of December, Members and volunteers of the Order of Malta Korea distributed winter jackets for the homeless around Seoul Station.
Following ‘Bread for Weekend’ project consecrated the previous week, the ‘Jacket for Life‘ is the third project implemented by the Order of Malta Korea.
The winter jacket aims to help the homeless by providing protection from the cold. The ‘Jacket for Life’ is designed to have the function of a sleeping bag and has a buckle strap on the wrist for the homeless to carry the jacket easily.
The Order of Malta Korea started distributing the jackets at 9:00 pm to ensure they were delivered to those who have no place to return after the sunset. With the covering of Namdaemun Police Station and the support of Catholic Love and Peace House, the Order of Malta was able to deliver 100 jackets safely to those sleeping rough.
Anna Yura Choi, one of the Order’s new members to be invested next year, led the whole process of the ‘Jacket for Life’ project preparation, including the manufacturing of the jackets. President Silvano Yongmaan Park initiated the idea of the ‘Jacket for Life’ project and directed designing the jacket with sleeping bag function embedded, while Hospitaller Veronica Mihyun Kim managed the project.
A further 200 Jackets for Life will be distributed before Christmas. The project will be an ongoing annual activity, with plans to expand the distribution area in Seoul.