It has been revealed that celebrities’ donations to the House of Sharing (Nanum House) are being used to build more nursing homes.
The latest episode of MBC’s PD Notebook, which aired on May 19, dealt with the controversy surrounding the House of Sharing.
When the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism first found the House of Sharing, the intention was to build nursing homes for grandmothers who suffered from Japanese military sexual slavery. However, now, the grandmothers were pushed out of the priority. What’s left are only “The Museum of Sexual Slavery by the Japanese Military” and some memorial projects. Suspicions are growing that donations made for the care of grandmothers are being used for the project to build a hotel-style nursing home worth 10 billion KRW (approx. 8,140,740 USD).
Last year, the House of Sharing had an extension of the dormitory facility. However, employees disclosed that the purpose of the construction is to “welcome other elderly people instead of former comfort women after receiving money from the government saying that it’s for grandmothers who are the victims of Japanese military sexual slavery.”
They also added that Yoo Jae Suk and Kim Dong Wan were added to the list who made donations for the construction. However, did they really agree to use their contributions in the extension of the living quarters?
Yoo Jae Suk has been continuously making donations to the House of Sharing after meeting them through MBC’s Infinite Challenge. “I’ve talked to Yoo Jae Suk, but he said that the (House of Sharing) never wrote him anything,” said an official from his agency. “We’ve rechecked. I feel sorry for the matter. I hope this doesn’t happen again. (Yoo Jae Suk) He said it breaks his heart.”
The lawyer said, “The sponsorship is money that is bound for purpose. As soon as the designated funding is used for a different purpose, it becomes a crime. It’s seriously illegal.”