The Korean Young Dream Orchestra, KYDO , is an organization that gives hope through music to young students living in economically and culturally isolated areas in Korea. KYDO provides an opportunity for these young students to learn more about music from teachers and mentors and to play a wide variety of pieces alongside peers from all different places. Furthermore, these students get to perform in the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts or the Seoul Arts Center Through playing music with friends and performing in beautiful halls, young students can foster dreams and hope for the future. Every summer, KYDO US participates in a project where students visit small rural towns and share various cultural experiences with the young people there.
At the beginning of this year, 2017, the Chilgok KYDO of Korea visited the United States. They held a benefit concert with KYDO US in association with the United Nation Association East Bay to raise money and support Somali refugees in the Dadaab camp in Kenya. The raised money would go towards providing schooling and education to the refugee children. Because of the civil wars raging in the Middle East, many Somalis have fled to the
Dadaab camp in Kenya, which is one of the largest refugee camps in the world. The camp currently hosts about 250,000 refugees and is run by the United Nations Refugee Agency, or the UNHCR.
Through the benefit concert, KYDO musicians were able to find a way to help refugees
and to raise awareness about this crisis. As part of continuous effort after the benefit concert, KYDO US has also filmed and produced a video that further outlines the refugee crisis and the emotions the musicians felt. Although these small efforts will not stop the war or completely end the refugees’ situations, but it sends a message of hope and a dream of changing the world