We build friendships in the DPRK

Yes it's possible – and yes it works!

The Korean Friendship Network of Rotarians is an informal network of Rotarians, Rotaracters and like-minded humanitarians who wish to help ordinary North Koreans in need. We help the Rotary family connect with the DPRK (North Korea) to conduct “world community service” projects.

We partner with DPRK public service organizations that serve the needy, including orphaned children, the disabled, the hungry and people afflicted by natural disasters. 

We help Rotarians conduct service projects in the DPRK in any sector, but our primary interest lies with addressing 3 key needs:

  • Energy Poverty
  • Malnutrition
  • Health & Hygiene

Currently we have 3 open projects and 2 in the pipeline - that require an estimated USD $91,345 in financing.

See more details in our Projects section. 


We work with local community leaders

 

We target 3 primary needs in the DPRK

Solar water heaters assembled in country are a low-tech solution to help orphanages and schools improve health and hygiene.

Solar water heaters assembled in country are a low-tech solution to help orphanages and schools improve health and hygiene.

Energy Poverty

DPRK is an industrialised country where basically the power was shut off a quarter century ago. Insufficient power generation, a decaying power grid and severe shortage of liquid fuels and biomass such as trees – means that most families, schools, hospitals are frequently living in the dark and the cold.

Off-grid solutions such as efficient cookstoves, solar water heaters, solar PV generation equipment can improve health and hygiene, enable children to study, and help a family take care of its children.

To help alleviate chronic malnutrition we provided fortified foodstuff to orphanages.

To help alleviate chronic malnutrition we provided fortified foodstuff to orphanages.

Malnutrition

Traditionally the southern half of the peninsula was the bread-basket of Korea while the north was the wealthy industrial heartland. For several reasons (shortage of arable land, natural disasters, energy poverty including other man-made factors) North Korea has suffered a chronic shortfall in crop yields over the past 2 decades.

Intensive mono-cropping and a shortage of seed variety have also contributed to chronic malnutrition. Introducing a broader range of food plants is one potential solution.

In response to severe summer flooding we provided antibiotics and other medicines to orphans and the disabled.

In response to severe summer flooding we provided antibiotics and other medicines to orphans and the disabled.

Health & Hygiene

Although the country has large numbers of well trained health care workers, the country lacks sufficient equipment and supplies and access to modern medical techniques to empower them to fully serve their people to the best of their ability.

We have provided medicine in response to disasters, refurbishment of hospital facilities, invited doctors and patients abroad to conduct life saving heart surgeries and have provided wheelchairs for the disabled. Giving access to regular supply of hot water and handsoap can also make a big difference.


We Build Greater International Understanding and Goodwill

Tom Wilkinson, Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty welcomes visiting DPRK Agronomists to the Canadian Maritimes.

Tom Wilkinson, Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty welcomes visiting DPRK Agronomists to the Canadian Maritimes.

ABOUT US

Find out about our network: who we are, what we do, why we do it, and the results of more than a decade of Rotary service project activities in North Korea.

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Shanghai Rotarians and friends went to the disaster site of a massive explosion to donate wheelchairs to newly disabled children.

Shanghai Rotarians and friends went to the disaster site of a massive explosion to donate wheelchairs to newly disabled children.

TAKE ACTION

We need your help. If you are curious whether you can improve the lives of ordinary North Koreans, the answer is YES. Support one of our projects, or initiate one of your own.

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