Originally summarized on Twitter here.
MindLeaps is an organization that uses dance to develop the cognitive skills and social-emotional learning of at-risk youth to ensure that they can succeed in school, enter the workplace and leap forward in life. Dance is the reason Jimin found his way to BTS and it remains a passion and fundamental element of his life. Jimin also has an incredible capacity for kindness. During the last two years it was open, Jimin made personal donations to cover uniform costs for the graduating students at Hoedong Elementary School (his old elementary school) as well as providing signed albums. He did this quietly, with no intention of it being publicly disclosed, simply wanting to give back to an institution that gave him a great start at life.
In fact, Jimin's kindness made it difficult for the One In An ARMY team to decide on a non-profit when so many fit his interests and loving heart. But MindLeaps stood out to us because of their mandate. Not only do they teach at-risk youth the joys of dance (and all the wonderful side-effects of dancing) but their model helps youth succeed in education or employment and sets them up for a stable future - the same way Jimin helped the students at Hoedong Elementary School.
$3563.67 from 243 separate donations from 40 countries in 31 days! These donations will fund the MindLeaps program in Rwanda for the rest of 2018 providing all kids at their center in Kigali with a total of:
244 hours of dance classes, 128 hours of academic acceleration courses and 6000 meals! This was such an exciting and fulfilling campaign. ARMY chose love and kindness once again and the results will have a lasting impact on the lives of these children.
Not only did ARMY support the campaign with donations and retweets, but they also shared and encouraged each other through 24 Days of Kindness! Each day, ARMY were given a new prompt to remind themselves to be kind and thoughtful like Jimin.
At the end of the campaign, our friends at MindLeaps prepared this certificate in honor of what you did for their program:
It will of course be sent to BTS and BigHit Entertainment at their new office as soon as we have their new mailing address, but we encourage everyone who participated in the campaign to print out a copy for yourselves too!
We thought that was all, but MindLeaps had one last surprise for ARMY. These beautiful children with beautiful hearts – who have been touched by your kindness – prepared something for ARMY that they sent to us from their school in Rwanda!
Thank you, ARMY! We purple you from MindLeaps, Jimin Global, and One In An ARMY.
UPDATE: Since BigHit posted their new address in the fan cafe, we had our friends at MindLeaps send this letter documenting ARMY's good work!