|j-hope, a member of K-pop boy band BTS / Courtesy of HYBE|
By Dong Sun-hwa
Members of K-pop titan BTS are continuing their charitable streak.
Charity organization ChildFund Korea said Tuesday that j-hope, whose real name is Jung Ho-seok, donated 100 million won ($89,000) to support the victims of youth violence in Tanzania, East Africa, on the occasion of Children's Day (May 5).
The organization added that the cash will be used to build One Stop Center in Tanzania, which aims to prevent child abuse and help the survivors receive necessary help.
"Numerous people around the world are undergoing tough times due to the protracted COVID-19 pandemic," j-hope said through the organization. "After supporting children in Korea last year, I decided to give a helping hand to kids abroad this time, so that they would not be marginalized."
Lee Je-hoon, the president of ChildFund Korea, said, "Thanks to j-hope, a global superstar who has constantly been supporting children in need, a growing number of people are showing their concern for these kids. As our supporters wish, ChildFund Korea will strive to provide a wide range of assistance for children in different countries."
In 2018, j-hope joined the Green Noble Club, which consists of donors who have given more than 100 million won to ChildFund Korea. The total donation made by the K-pop star amounts to 700 million won so far: he handed over 100 million won to help underprivileged children last year, and another 150 million won to children with disabilities, on the occasion of his birthday (Feb. 18) this year.
j-hope is not the only BTS member who has made philanthropic efforts. In 2019, RM, leader of the seven-member group, helped students with hearing impairments by donating 100 million won to Seoul Samsung School. In March, rapper Suga contributed 100 million to Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center to support child cancer patients.
As a group in 2020, BTS and its management company HYBE donated 1.2 billion won to live concert crew members in the music industry who had been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.