A special «Thank you» we could not bring back to Switzerland: Snake wine we could not tak home – but we felt very honored.
There are many ways you can support the work in North Korea.
Make a donation for the following:
- Training North Korean interns in Switzerland (approx. CHF 40/day per person)
- a fourth windmill with 1 Kilowatt output
- A solar-heated greenhouse, a biogas plant, or an energy efficient model house built on Duru Island
- Financing the consulting trip of our felt-making expert
- The next food aid shipment for North Korea
Our goal is to provide sustainable help that empowers local citizens and shows the citizens of North Korea God‘s love. The unreliable energy supply is a huge problem. We want to help the people of North Korea in this area. We promote projects that use alternative energy sources or focus on saving energy. Thank you for your donations, which help provide the rural population of North Korea with electricity and improve their lives. We greatly appreciate your partnership.
After returning from our recent project monitoring trip, one question in particular keeps bothering me, and I have not found a good answer to it yet: Just how severe are the current food shortages in North Korea? On the one hand, this is nothing new: March through June has always been the most difficult time, when everyone is forced to cut back because supplies have dwindled or run out completely. Corn, potatoes and rice are planted on every free parcel of land. These people are not strangers to hard work for sure! Now the government has requested food aid once again. It frustrates me to see that this country is still not capable of providing for its own people. In light of this request for help from the government, I am a bit puzzled to see that our contact people look remarkably healthy and the orphans we visited seemed quite fit and lively. We were served new potatoes at meals and saw various stands selling cookies, soft drinks and ice cream. The herds of goats at our former project locations are flourishing; yoghurt is being produced and distributed to local day care facilities. Other foreigners whom we know, who have many years of experience with North Korea, are also confused, because they do not see that the situation is significantly different this year.
At the same time, one reads credible reports describing people weakened by hunger, who can no longer leave their homes and eventually die of common infections or diseases, because their immune systems have been so severely compromised. Still, it is nearly impossible to get a clear picture of the true conditions in North Korea. So I decide to simply be thankful that we were able to bring help during the period before the new harvest.
The time traveling through the countryside encouraged me to remain involved with long-term, focused projects, which truly make a difference! Still today, we were served delicious yoghurt at many locations, the vegetable gardens and pastures in Byong Pung Dok are a lush green and wind mills produce enough energy to load many batteries per day for in-home use. If we are ever so lucky to be given another shipping container full of free supplies again, we know where to find grateful recipients.
In cooperation with the organization German Agro Action (GAA), we offered a four-month training course for six North Korean fruit growing experts.
These experts work on North Korean collectives with large orchards and berry plantations. Daniel Gerster, former Agape international staff agricultural expert, works today for GAA and wanted to send some of „his“ peoples for a training to Switzerland. Since he is unable to supervise projects in country and provide training in Switzerland, we decided to work together on this project. The North Koreans are currently in Switzerland and being hosted by three guest families and trained by experts on their individual farms. I am very happy to be able to continue to share Swiss knowhow to six additional North Korean men and women, who have had the opportunity to experience life in Switzerland in conjunction with professional training. Continue reading Fruit Growers in Switzerland
Wind measurement device, data recorder, batteries, adapters, technical literature – a small suitcase doubles as a treasure trove.
The facility manager explains how wind energy is saved in batteries.
Our wind energy expert, Kaspar Mertens, collected used wind-speed measuring devices, which were given to our partners at the Alternative Energy Center. Mr. Jang studied the items carefully, unpacking each part then carefully repacking it. His body language matched his verbal response:
» Thank you so much, these measuring devices are truly very helpful!“
Continue reading Thank you, this is a big help!”