PROJECT: Solar Water Heaters for Munchon Orphanage
At Koryo Tours, we have always been firm believers in responsible tourism. Alongside organising tours that help change the perceptions of our Western tourists and Korean hosts, we also facilitate humanitarian and cultural engagement projects which benefit the people of North Korea. In the past we have worked on various different humanitarian appeals from bakeries to braille dictionaries. Following on from our last successful project where we raised EUR 5600 to rebuild the school buildings attached to Wonsan Primary School Orphanage (see below for more details), we have now been asked to help raise money for another orphanage in the area which is in need of outside support. This new project will raise USD 11,500 to buy solar water heaters in order to provide hot water year-round for the children and caregivers as well as providing a year’s supply of soap and giving the children important lessons in health education and hygiene.
- 180 orphans (aged 7 - 18)
- 40 staff caregivers
TARGET AMOUNT: We need to raise USD 11,500 by the end of May 2014.
USD 450 will buy one solar heater while only 40 US cents will buy a bar of soap so as you can see, every little bit helps.
Please help us to help these children by donating to this worthy cause. We strongly encourage anyone who is participating in the Pyongyang Marathon on Sunday 13th April to use this as an opportunity to raise funds for this project. Please contact us for more details.
As before, we will not be offering regular tourist visits to this site as we do not want it to become simply a place on the tourist trail and lose sight of its core objectives. However, for anyone who makes a substantial donation we will do our best (if requested) to arrange a visit to this place.
“North Koreans need better water and sanitation protocols. They need simple yet effective things like soap factories, because one of the major problems they have is the spreading of
bacteria from hand-to-mouth diseases. Soap and books: simple things to make their life better.”
- Dr Massimo Urbani (former Italian Diplomat and aid coordinator in North Korea)
In January 2014 we launched an appeal to raise EUR 5600 to rehabilitate the school building attached to the Wonsan Primary School Orphanage. Work has just been completed and we will be posting photos of the finished buildings soon. We are so very grateful to all of you who sent a donation, in particular to the British Embassy in Pyongyang who enabled us to reach our target before the deadline by providing the remainder of the funding. Tasks undertaken included building new classrooms, improving the insulation and installing a new roof, windows and doors.
UPDATE: Project Completion
At the start of 2014 we launched an appeal to raise money to rebuild the school building attached to the Wonsan Primary School Orphanage on the east coast of the DPRK. Our partners Marama Global recently visited the orphanage where the project was completed in July 2014. They reported that the children were full of smiles and energy, and were thrilled to have the foreigners join in their after school football match. While we had initially expected the work to have been completed in early 2014, the renovation and extension work was actually far more extensive than planned which is good news as it means the building is even better than we had hoped and will provide excellent classroom facilities for the children. Thanks again to all of you who sent money for your valuable donations which have done so much to help the orphanage and all who live and work there.
Please take a look at the photos below to see the dramatic differences between the old and new buildings.
We raised EUR 2400 to to provide 300 visually impaired children with their own dictionary; a great tool for improving quality of life and communication for these kids. Come and visit our office to feel a copy of the new Korean Braille Dictionary.
We raised EUR 2000 for playground equipment for 600 children aged 7-18 years at Chogu Primary and Middle School on the east coast of the DPRK.