Clients often ask how they can make a donation to benefit people in the DPRK and we are pleased to announce that from this year we will be working with a very worthwhile UK charity called Love North Korean Children
To date, the charity has built 4 bakeries. The first 3 (located just outside Pyongyang, Hyangsan and Rason) are fully running and provide 5000-6000 children with one steamed bread bun per day. The newest bakery in Sariwon is fully set up and aims to feed 5000 children every day but is currently unable to start production due to a lack of funds. Money is needed to purchase the flour to make the bread (this is bought in China) and also to buy the coal to stoke the fires. Please note that no money is actually taken into the country.
We would like to raise funds to support this bakery in Sariwon. We know that every single donation goes in full directly towards the project. The running costs for the bakery are approximately EUR 7000 per month and this provides 5000 children in the area with one steamed bun per day - this might seem a little amount to you but to them it makes a huge difference. It therefore costs as little as EUR 1.50 to feed one child for one month - and under EUR 20 to feed one child for one whole year.
UPDATE: July 2012 Since launching this appeal back in April we are pleased to announce that the total amount donated by Koryo tourists has reached EUR 8000 - this is a fantastic amount and Koryo, the charity and all the children you are helping are incredibly grateful. Please keep spreading the word about this project - it needs constant funding in order to keep providing these children with food. Currently they feed 4,800 children per day and the bakery employs 25 Korean staff.
Thank you so much! Here are some pictures taken in June 2012 at the Sariwon bakery.
How you can help:
If you would like to help support this project there are 3 easy ways in which you can donate money (USD, EUR or GBP) - either via Everyclick (UK donation service), Paypal or Google checkout - please see below for links. Be sure to mention that it is for the KORYO SARIWON BAKERY APPEAL:
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We really do appreciate your support and will be sure to keep this page updated with progress of the project. In the future we are hoping to be able to arrange visits to the bakery to see the work in action.
Please scroll down for information about the other projects that we have helped raise money for.
Project 1: DPRK Bridge Project (2011)
Together with the Rotaract Club Shanghai, we raised EUR 4000 for the renovation of one operation theatre for the South Pyongan Province Pediatric Hospital in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea).
Please visit Rotaract Club Shanghai website at http://www.rotaractshanghai.org/dprk
Project 2: Braille dictionaries (2009)
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. The projects were facilitated by Koryo Tours with the assistance of Maranatha Trust, an Australian entity with foreign representatives in DPRK, in coordination with two local organisations.
Project 3: Playground Equipment (2009)
We raised EUR 2000 for playground equipment for 550 children aged 7-11 years who are residents and students at the Wonsan Primary School Residential Home (located on the east coast of Korea). These children have lost one or both parents and live all year round at this home. The projects were facilitated by Koryo Tours with the assistance of Maranatha Trust, an Australian entity with foreign representatives in DPRK, in coordination with two local organisations.
How were the projects implemented?
The projects were facilitated by Koryo Tours with the assistance of Maranatha Trust, an Australian entity with foreign representatives in DPRK, in coordination with two local organisations. The local organisations have a solid track record and are well known to international donors.