Meet our Project Partners
The key to success for each of our projects, big and small, in the DPRK has been true collaboration between partners on both sides of the border – who care enough about the outcomes to overcome various obstacles and make the projects happen. We could not do it alone.
Our first longstanding partner for more than a decade has been KOMT, the Committee for the Promotion of International Trade, which is now under the Ministry of External Economic Cooperation. We have a unique working relationship with KOMT – which is not the standard government body dealing with foreign NGO’s, because as Rotarians we are not a charity, we are non-religious and non-political, and because our clubs are made up of businessmen and women and professionals who choose to serve in our spare time.
Business people strive for efficiency, for impact and expect accountability from their partners. KOMT consistently excels at providing this and has been our partner with several projects including:
- Shelterbox distributions of disaster relief aid
- The Sun Oven project
- The Ryongchon Wheelchair project
- Football Play it Forward
Korea Red Cross General Hospital
As one of the leading hospitals in the country, KRCGH was our project partner for the DPRK Gift of Life project where we brought two young Korean boys to Shanghai for life-saving heart surgery and subsequently for the donation of antibiotic medicine. KRCGH is now in discussion with the Shanghai Chest Hospital regarding a sharing of technology and expertise regarding modern surgical techniques, and we are pursuing opportunities to improve dental facilities and techniques.
Korea Federation for the Protection of the Disabled
KFPD has a mandate throughout the country to care for the needs of orphans and the disabled of all ages. KFPD has been a key partner for the distribution of critical medical supplies, distribution of wheelchairs in the country, and the renovation of a paediatric operating theatre that was led by Rotaracters.
KFPD works closely in-country with Handicap International:
Read Katharina Zellweger's paper: People with Disabilities in a Changing North Korea
Korea Education Fund
KEF has a countrywide mandate to work with foreign donors to support the primary education system in North Korea. We are pursuing now with KEF a project opportunity to establish school libraries and distribute books to needy rural schools.
As a loose and informal network of Rotarians and like-minded individuals we often rely on the support of established NGO’s that have systems in place and specialized expertise they can bring to bear to better implement our projects and to leverage our limited resources.
Based in Belgium, Handicap International is an NGO that provides a range of support for the handicapped around the world.
Based in Shanghai, China, Huaoqiao Foundation helps the needy in Western China and the surrounding region. Huaqiao has provided administrative and logistical support to several of our projects.
Based in Cornwall, UK, ShelterBox provides disaster relief aid to families around the world. Shelterbox has led several deployments to the DPRK since 2012.
Over the years we have enjoyed the generous support of many companies to help us realize our projects. Among them:
OTIM (Organizzazioni Trasporti Internazionali Marittimi), Italy
(logistics provider - overland and sea freight)
Korea Business Consultants, Beijing, China
(consultants for DPRK market entry)
Korea Foreign Transportation Corporation
(logistics provider for the DPRK - part of the Militzer and Münch network)
Koryo Tours Ltd.
(private tours to the DPRK, documentary and feature film production)
Phoenix Commercial Ventures Ltd., Hong Kong
(variety of JV investments in DPRK)
P&O Nedloyd Ltd. (since acquired by Maersk)
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