North Korean experts who have undergone an advanced training have left the teachers, host families, as well as the trainees with vivid memories. Since 1996, when the first delegation of experts visited Switzerland, more than 130 persons visited our country for stays from a few days to a maximum of six months.
Only recently I was looking up the places where people had come from. There were people from about one third of all the North Korean communities, i.e. out of the 150 communities of the country. Thus, I conclude that the knowledge, experience and expertise have spread across the whole country. Beside the twelve model cheese dairies Agape international opened directly during the last ten years of collaboration, there may be more than 300 small cheese dairies – according to a deputy of the North Korean Embassy.
For the Swiss host families the unknown North Korea has become a place where they know people they have shared everyday life with for several months and dealt with experiences, so that North Koreans would have more food again for a better life. The unknown was strange and might have led to anxiety – but the encounters became bridges, producing closeness and confidence.
Thank you very much for investing in people during the last 20 years and for having made it real.
Project Director North Korea