About our founder
Hello there! I'm Kim Bauman, Founder of the One Love Movement. Here's why One Love was created..... thank you for reading my story.
In 2012 I went on a humanitarian trip to Haiti as the result of raising over $21,000 in 6 months for Off the Mat, Into the World's Global SEVA Challenge 2011. Upon raising the money I got sponsored to go to Haiti and witness first-hand the funds being used to rebuild Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. This was THE changing point in my life. We volunteered in tent camps home to thousands (meaning 40-60,000 people) and orphanages where many of the kids had either grown up or had been displaced from the earthquake.
I can still feel the moment. We were at one of the orphanages, playing with the kids, helping out, and I had learned that some of the older kids had been there since infancy. My mind began to swirl with their story, their lives, wondering what was it like for them, with incredible feelings of empathy and compassion. I was deeply, deeply touched and it dawned on me why.... for the first time in my life I had realized my own circumstances, and that was that I was them. I was an orphan as a baby in Korea, but unlike them, I was adopted into a loving family. This was the first time I had ever realized how blessed I was as up until now I had never been exposed to such rawness to appreciate all that I had. Spending time with these kids in Haiti is what drew me to my calling -- to help kids I see myself in.
There was no reason growing up in an orphanage couldn't have been me too. Nobody gets to choose what they are born into. I oftentimes ask myself "why me, why did I get picked for a better life?" The One Love Movement was created because I believe it is my duty, my purpose, to touch as many people possible that I see myself in, and make a difference in the dignity and humanity of their own life.