A KOREAN businessman who is actively engaged in serving the poor and the leprosy afflicted in the Philippines for more than two decades was awarded the Korea National Orders of Merits by no less than the president of South Korea itself, Mr. Jae In Moon.
Jae Jung Jang, a former ship captain and businessman who rose from humble beginnings, came to the Philippines in 1984, one of the most turbulent years in the country. He experienced People’s Power Revolution in 1986. In the same year, Jang, founded Uni-Ship Inc., a shipping, logistics and IT company, in Manila.
Six years later, Jang, who is a Christian, founded Sorok Uni Foundation, a non-profit organization working for and with Filipinos affected by Leprosy and homeless urban and rural poor.
Often times fellow Korean tease Mr. Jang because he seems to be more Filipino than the Filipinos themselves. Moreover, he envisions the Philippines to become a country without forgotten neighbors.
According to Jung, the homeless, the abandoned and the rejected lepers need to be given another chance in life. They have to be inspired to hope, and they also need to feel the love of the Lord through the kindness of their fellow human beings.
Jung believes that Jesus came to this world to take care of those who are suffering like those forgotten neighbors. The Lord didn’t come for the healthy and rich.
According to him, he constantly prays that our well off brothers and sisters in particular will give love to the weak and needy, and that the Philippine society in general will give another chance and opportunity to everyone regardless of their situation or condition in life.