TVXQ’s Yunho has opened up his personal photo album from a charity trip to West Africa earlier this year.
The 27-year-old shared pictures from his travels to Ghana in September for KBS’ annual Road For Hope charity fund-raising project.
In the snaps, the “Catch Me” singer poses with the precious Ghanaian children as he spends time in numerous villages learning about their lives. For his solo photos, he smiles in front of beautiful Ghanese scenery.
During his trip, the star interacted the local children by playing soccer with them and helping them with their work. “My English isn’t great,” he said before travelling to Ghana. “But some things don’t require native level. We can communicate in other ways.”
One of those most touching moments of the visit — which was captured on camera for an episode of Road For Hope 2013 — was when a young girl suffering from a crippling Buruli ulcer smiled for the first time in weeks when Yunho sat down beside her.
Young camp dweller, Luke, 14, explained to Yunho that he earns less than a dollar a day working on a cacao farm. “It was really eye-opening,” Yunho said of the trip.
The star took part in the show because, he says, “I wanted to bring the children’s lives and problems to light through TV.”
He adds: “I brought a Polaroid camera with me to take pictures, and school supplies, because I heard they have shortage of those things.
“I gave the Polaroid pictures to the children. Now that I have visited once, I have a better idea of what they need the most. I’m also thankful to my fans who want to help out as well.”
Road for Hope is a charity program broadcast by KBS aimed at increasing awareness of poverty in Asia and Africa. Its cameras follow celebrities — including singer BoA and actor Ahn Sung Ki — looking at and talking about poverty-related issues and raising money for charity.
In its first season in 2010 the program raised USD $3.8 million for good causes and a further $11 million in 2011.