David Hyung-bok Kim has devoted more than 45 years of his life to serving homeless, abandoned and orphaned children in more than 25 countries through Holt International Children’s Services. He began working as a Korean assistant to organizational founder Harry Holt in 1953 as a college sophomore. Since then, his many accomplishments include the creation of a foster home program in Korea, service as a U.S. representative to the Hague Conference on International Law and the establishment of ethical child welfare and international adoption practices benefiting tens of thousands of orphaned children each year.
Since Kim became an Honoree for the World of Children, Holt International Children’s Services has expanded child welfare services in Bulgaria, Uganda and Haiti. Kim has found his relationship with another World of Children Honoree, Marie Bellande, very helpful in moving forward to help children in Haiti. Kim feels the most important reward from being an Honoree is the opportunity to expose the needs of children Holt International serves to a wider public audience. He feels avenues for high profile advocacy, such as World of Children, are needed to bring about global changes for orphaned and disadvantaged children. For more information, please visit www.holtintl.org.
“I know I will spend the energy of my remaining life to ensure as many children as possible get a good start on life’s road, feeling loved and encouraged.” – David Hyung-bok Kim