COPION, Inc., is an Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organization under the auspice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Korea, which aims at contributing to the establishment of global civil society by dispatching Korean youth and senior volunteers to the third world countries regularly and assisting the developmental works of their local NGOs financially.
Korean NGO; networking with local NGOs of the third world
COPION started its global programs in 1999 as a part of volunteer promotion campaign of Joongang Ilbo (Korea Central Daily), and has since dispatched more than 3,000 Korean youth and senior volunteers to about 140 overseas local NGOs in 43 countries of the third world in Asia, Africa, and/or Middle and South America. In addition, it has provided financial assistances to a variety of developmental works of the third world NGO networks: such as study room for children of poor families, well sinking, computer education, etc.
The second/new start: from KOPION to COPION
COPION announced the second start of the organization in February of 2008 with a new global vision of contributing more to the building of global civil society and with a new changed name of COPION (COperation and Participation In Overseas NGOs) from the long existing name of KOPION (KOrean Pioneers In Overseas NGOs). The new COPION will be expanding further its global work boundaries by specializing more its program of
dispatching Korean youth and senior volunteers and by cooperating more with the third world countries' local NGOs for their developmental works for poor families and children. COPION can be called the only international NGO in Korea which has a global NGO network connected with a variety of overseas local NGOs across the world.