Not one Broken Jar!

The shipping container with over 60,000 baby food jars arrived safely in North Korea and the contents have been distributed to various daycare facilities, orphanages and a children‘s hospital.

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Thanks  to expert packing, all the baby food jars survived the trip – even to the most remote villages.

The situation concerning the availability of sufficient nutrition is always critical just before the harvest. This year, the North Korean government asked us, and various other organizations, to send food aid once again. A call to GAiN Germany, a partner organization, was all it took for us to receive a shipping container filled with jars o f baby food – free of charge! The embassy was very excited, as were we. We even asked that the jars be distributed primarily at our previous cheese making facilities, allowing us to confirm that the distribution went smoothly and reached the intended recipients. Anita Burckhardt and Nathalie Burgherr traveled to North Korea at the beginning of June to be a part of the baby food distribution.  

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Joyful childrens faces at the Hamhung orphanage 

One part of the baby food was given to orphanages and a children‘s hospital. I was positively surprised how quickly everything was organized. All parties confirmed that they had begun serving the baby food to their children from the beginning of June. At first, the children did not like the taste of the new food, since it tasted much different from what they typically have to eat, but now they like the taste very much. We witnessed with our own eyes how one little boy cried out for his own jar, waiting to be served.  

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A morning snack is ready in the pantry

The visits to our former project locations, Byong Pung Dok and Zäan, were happy reunions for both sides. This aid shipment and our personalized delivery has strengthened the North Korean‘s trust in the long-term commitment of Agape international to remain involved in helping the citizens of North Korea. 

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Mothers help care for their sick children in the Hamhung Childrens Hospital

I had always dreamed of being able to travel through the countryside at a leisurely pace, perhaps even on a bicycle, riding through the many villages and having the chance to interact with local people – much like many North Koreans do. On this trip, my dream came true: because about 100km / 60miles of the main highway between two large cities was closed for repairs, we were „forced“ to take a detour and travel for hours on local gravel roads through rice paddies and corn fields. This way, we got a much clearer view of the local people and their lifestyle, saw workers planting rice, people eating ice cream or still others carrying bags of food from one place to another. Although I felt like my insides had settled (sort of like when you fill a jar and then shake it to allow the contents to settle and free up more space) during the hours of shaking over bumpy roads, I was so thankful for the time I had been given to bless people and pray for this country – what a wonderful gift!

» We felt the thankfulness of the people for the baby food we were able to distribute to them, but also for the former partnership in our agricultural projects. This was a great encouragement to us to continue our work into the future.

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