|Students and local residents celebrate the opening of "Yunho Education Center," a school named after K-pop singer U-Know Yunho, in Bongo, northern Ghana, on Feb. 20. / Courtesy of Food for the Hungry|
By Jhoo Dong-chan
A school named after U-Know Yunho of the K-pop duo TVXQ has opened in a small town in Ghana.
The singer and his fans donated money to help build the school, the Yunho Education Center, which will accommodate about 200 students.
The international relief organization Food for the Hungry said Yunho decided to participate in the project after visiting Ghana last March for a charity TV show, "Road for Hope."
Through the show, Korean celebrities have volunteered in poverty-stricken areas and regions struck by civil war or natural disasters. State-run broadcaster KBS said it raised more than 10 billion won ($9.09 million) last year through the show.
Following Yunho's appearance on the show, Food for the Hungry appointed Yunho as its honorary ambassador to build the school. The singer's fan club members also donated money.
About 500 residents of Bongo, a small town in northern Ghana, attended the school's opening ceremony on Feb. 20.
The school will provide textbooks and meals to students, mostly from poor families. The charity group said it has donated books, pencils and paper for the students.
"Even food is not enough in this region, not to mention a lack of educational facilities," said Goo Seung-heoi, a volunteer with the group.
"With the help of our honorary ambassador Yunho, we were able to set up a school here. We are glad to be able to give the students a chance to chase their dreams."