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
- 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
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.
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.
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.