We make service projects happen - in North Korea

This is harder than it looks - but easier than it sounds, because we have together built up solid lines of communication since 2001 to connect Rotarians, Rotaracters and our partners with counterparts in the DPRK.

Projects may be small scale, like the Koryo Medicine project that donated USD 20,000 worth of medicines to Korean orphanages and hospitals after the country suffered flood damage. 

Or projects may be large scale and multi-step, like the 3 Shelterbox deployments into the DPRK that we facilitated for a total contribution of more than USD 1.5 million in disaster relief aid.

Regardless of the size, the cornerstone of these projects is our ability to connect the well-intentioned donor with an appropriate, reliable and effective project partner in North Korea.

Our success lies in our steadfast maintenance of communication with our key counterparts in the DPRK for more than a decade - irrespective of the ups and downs of geopolitical intentions in the region.

2003 Rotary International President Bhichai Rattakul's theme slogan was to "Sow the Seeds of Love", which we did in Pyongyang with a Rotary Foundation Helping Grant conducted by the Rotary Club of Shanghai - with support from the Rotary Club of Taipei (Taiwan) and the Rotary Club of Makati (Philippines). Here Past President Randal meets with Kim Jong Gi, Chairman, Committee for the Promotion of International Trade

2003 Rotary International President Bhichai Rattakul's theme slogan was to "Sow the Seeds of Love", which we did in Pyongyang with a Rotary Foundation Helping Grant conducted by the Rotary Club of Shanghai - with support from the Rotary Club of Taipei (Taiwan) and the Rotary Club of Makati (Philippines). Here Past President Randal meets with Kim Jong Gi, Chairman, Committee for the Promotion of International Trade

12 years later in August 2015 Past President Randal paid a farewell visit to Mr. O Tae Bong, Chairman of the Committee for the Promotion of International Trade, now within the Ministry of External Economic Relations.

12 years later in August 2015 Past President Randal paid a farewell visit to Mr. O Tae Bong, Chairman of the Committee for the Promotion of International Trade, now within the Ministry of External Economic Relations.

The result is - we have been able to facilitate multiple projects in the country and to connect dozens of Rotarians (and members of the Rotary family) from around the world with willing counterparts in the DPRK. And in so doing we have planted "seeds of love" in the DPRK, cementing in the minds of many Korean leaders, the Rotary brand as one associated with business men and women with big hearts – who just want to help. This ensures the door remains open for us to do even more.


We Align with Rotary’s Areas of Focus

Globally the Rotary Foundation encourages Rotarians to pursue projects that fit within what we call our“6 Areas of Focus:” 

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution 
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health 
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development 

We believe that by the very nature of engaging in dialogue with leaders and professionals in the DPRK we are working hard to build peace and reduce conflict between our peoples.

Practically speaking our past projects have pretty much aligned with the remainder of the Areas of Focus - and we continue to build out projects in these areas, as Rotarians do worldwide.

Download a guide to Rotary's 6 Areas of Focus.