The Amazing Charity Work BTS Fans Have Done Around the World
Anyone who knows about BTS is probably also aware of their passionate fan base. Often credited with helping BTS achieve international superstardom, BTS’s fans—or ARMY—are a dedicated bunch like no other. They can be seen mobilizing to buy albums, stream music videos, and vote for BTS on award shows.
However, what many people might not realize is that BTS’s ARMY has also been using their power and influence as a force for positive change. The fandom also dedicates a lot of time to supporting charity organizations and, through their fan collective One In An ARMY, has been able to greatly impact lives all over the world. Read on below to learn more about some important charity projects ARMY has taken on.
BTS fans has been helping Syrian refugees
One of the first projects One In An ARMY took on involved helping Syrian refugees. In April 2018, BTS fans got together to raise money for Medical Teams International, which has been bringing medical help to Syrian refugees as well as others who are affected by disasters and conflicts.
The following month, ARMY made donations to Syria Care, a Malaysian-based organization, to provide food for Syrian families during Ramadan.
BTS fans provided clean drinking water for dozens of families
In July 2018, One In An ARMY worked with American-based organization Thirst Relief to provide clean drinking water to people in need.
Through donations from BTS fans, Thirst Relief was able to buy 34 filters, which would improve the lives of 300 people for the next 25 years. According to a letter sent to One In An ARMY from Thirst Relief, the filters went to dozens of families in Tanzania.
BTS fans gave scholarship money to Korean students
Aside from helping people all over the world, ARMY also lent a hand to uplift those living in BTS’s home country of South Korea.
In August 2018, ARMYs launched a campaign to help a few Korean children go to school. One In An ARMY worked with the organization Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission (KKOOM) and was able to raise over $3,000. The money provided three semesters of schooling to two college students as well as a whole year of preschool to a two-year-old child.
BTS fans helped LGBTQ refugees living in poverty
In May 2019, BTS fans turned their attention to the organization International Railroad for Queer Refugees, which was founded in Iran to help LGBTQ folks who fled their homes due to persecution.
ARMY managed to raise money to help those who are living in Turkey, providing them with basic necessities and monetary assistance. Some fans also wrote letters to send kind words to these refugees who have suffered human rights abuses because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
BTS fans gave cameras to kids in Kenya
In January 2020, One In An ARMY decided to raise money for 100cameras, an organization that teaches kids in needs how to tell their stories through photography. Not only does 100cameras provide these children with access to cameras, they also assist them in selling their work for profit.
Thanks to BTS’s fans’ donations, 10 kids in Nairobi, Kenya, were able to obtain cameras and learn how to change their lives through photography.