A visit to Pyongyang University of Science & Technology
A Science university founded by American evangelical scholars began its first day of classes in Pyongyang – October 25, 2010.
The financing of the University was largely came from evangelical Christian groups in the United States and South Korea. The driving force behind the school was Dr James Kim Chin-Kyung, an American born in Seoul who founded a university in China in 1992. The first group of 160 under- graduated and master’s students has been chosen by the North Korean Government. The tuition, rooms, board and books are all free, financed by donors. The School has sixteen professors from United States and Europe. Classes are taught in English – October 25th 2010 The New York Times
A group of 5 from US, Canada, Hong Kong were invited to visit PUST early March 2011. We were so impressed to find the University bearing the same mark, tradition and education direction as the sister University YUST (Yanbian University of Science and Technology) in China. Classes are taught in English, and internet access has been promised to all students. When we visited them, it was their school opening day for the new Spring Term, each senior student was given a computer to use. We also visited the University’s facilities.
Dr Kim sharing with the students
A leisure walk
Pust and Yust works hand in hand with Northeast Asia Foundation for Education & Culture, their rice feeding program helps 3,947 children, ages ranging from 4~7, and the 3,565 Pre- School toddlers in the Kang Dong Gun area near Pyongyang. NAFEC runs a children hom in An-Hwa Dong Rasun City, North Hamkyung Province.
Numbers of Children: approximately 580 (5-7 years old). Staff: about 80
If you are interested to support NAFEC’s rice programs or to join the Adopt the North Korean Children Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website http://www.nafec.org.hk
We also took time to visit this capital city of North Korea
VISIT TO TUMEN RIVER VOCATIONAL SCHOOL14-17 May 2010
Tumen River Vocational School (“TRVS”) is part of Feed the Hungry’s North East Asian caring concern. TRVS offers a three-year academic program that covers a core curriculum and specialized courses. It is registered with the Tumen City Board of Education and the Chinese government. The core curriculum emphasizes computer skills, Korean, Chinese, and basic English, and it also covers history, ethics, geography, music, and physical education.
Students, ages 16-24, make-up of ethnic Korean Chinese (Chosunjok) minority.
All courses are instructed in Korean, with the exception of Chinese language and English conversation courses.
Currently 86 students, or two-thirds, live in the school dormitory on site.
Teachers coming from China, S Korea, America and Canada
How we got involved?
FTH having a close relationship with Tumen River Area Development Initiatives, they are our partners who handle the feeding of North Korean Children with bread and soymilk in Sunbong, they also run this Vocational School on the China side. In the small capacity to share love and care, we visit the school regularly to give encouragement to the teachers and students, we bring greetings from Hong Kong, sharing of fellowship, meals, games and do outing with the youth, we co-ordinate special classes for our volunteers to teach, we bring gifts to enrich the environment, together we want to see the Chosun move up and get on.
We spent time with the youth and joined their regular hikes.
The Green Apple Café – part of TRVS
Built inside the school, to give youth a learning opportunity on bakery industry, serving customers, prepare simple drinks and sandwiches. On Saturday morning, it is opened to any one interested to learn English. A very happy meeting point. Own and run by an English couple from Scotland, they want to get involved in serving the Chosun people.
FTH supports gifts in kind to their computer room, hair dressing class, kindergarten, Green Apple Café, we continue wanting to love this group and to serve them better and serve them in love.
Join Us – in loving them – Be their friends – visit them as our volunteers.
WHY there are Chosun people in China?
Most of the Koreans in China are descendants of migrants who fled the Korean peninsula, which lies to the east of the country, at the end of the Chosun Dynasty in 1910 and during the Japanese colonial period of 1910-45. Now numbering some 1.88 million, these ethnic Koreans, popularly known as "Chosun" people, have settled mostly in northeastern China where they are spread out among some 4,000 villages. For generations, they lived in relative peace, even though they stood out because of their Korean culture and language. Often, many had problems blending in with the Chinese people.
Chosun Jok is a close-knit community in Northeast Chinese. You find them in Yanji, bordering Russia and North Korea, Jilin province, Changchun, Huachuan, Dalian, Heilung Zhou, Haerbin etc.
We also visited other sites during this trip to get to know Yanji
|Across Tumen River (圖們江)
||Bridge connecting China/NK
||Along the embankment - Tumen River
In the final hours of the war, the Japanese originally built this bridge to facilitate their own tanks and soldiers to pour into North East China from Korea, their intention was to take control of Xinjin (新京)-Tumen (圖們)-Changchun (長春) line and east of the Dalian (大連).
On August 15, 1945, Japan accepted the Potsdam Declaration, and the war ended. The army ordered the destroy of this bridge as they hastily retreated into the now North Korea. This area was near the border between Manchuria and Korea. In their haste, the bridge was only 1/4 destroyed, today we can still see this bridge as a reminder of what took place historically. At this point, North Korea is so near to China.
Photos and Sharing on the Feeding in N Korea
In 2005 Feed the Hungry began feeding 2,500 school children working with a local partner in Sunbong, North Korea
It is a joy to see children have a piece of bread to eat
We felt this is not enough, so we began to look for partners that could help us to expand the feeding program.
By 2009 we were able to partner with a government registered NGO inside North Korea to feed 6,000 children with a piece of bread and 4,000 children with a cup of soymilk in two areas of Sunbong.
The bread is sent to school, children homes and elderly people homes
May 2009, we decided to expand the feeding, we need a proper soymilk factory to produce 10,000 cups of soymilk per day, and we also need to expand the bread factory to have production efficiency to bring to 10,000 pieces of bread per day. We knew we must complete the projects by December before winter set in.
The building was finished just before deep winter settled in North Korea in December 2009.
The extended bread factory is next door to the new soymilk factory. Now we are ready for production for 10,000 pieces of bread and 10,000 cups of soymilk daily.
Visitors and workers in front of the new factory building December 2009
We need help with:
(1) ONGOING MONTH TO MONTH COST OF RUNNING THE BREAD FACTORY
(2) HARDWARE NEEDED TO SUPPORT THE BREAD FACTORY.
Why do we have to support?
Here is an extract from NK Daily’s September 15 2009
Reflecting on his school experience in North Korea, Chung Hyun Chul (pseudonym, 19), who entered South Korea in December 2008 after defecting from Buryeong in North Hamkyung Province, explained sadly, "I could not attend school even though I was of the proper age.”
He said, "Among my nine friends who lived in the same building and attended the same school as me, not one of them attended consistently. The circumstances of the children who could not attend school ranged from those who did not even have food to eat to those who just lacked clothing, shoes and notebooks."
All of Chung’s nine friends were born in households which struggled to have three meals a day. Among them, two had parents who were traders, but their incomes were insufficient. Parents tend to be increasingly absent from home when household economics grow dire. In such circumstances, children travel in packs and often resort to stealing.
Nine friends, unable to attend school, resort to steal potatoes and corn to support their families. Getting caught meant serious beatings or jail sentence.
POVERTY AND FAMINE PREVENTS CHILDREN FROM ATTENDING SCHOOL!
- A country of 23M population, at least 9M do not have enough to eat daily
- Land area of 120,410 sq km
- Annual growth rate 2%
Infant mortality rate: 27/1000
Literacy rate 90%
Life Expectancy 69.5 years
Government type: highly centralized
- A UN Report pointed to 80,000 children are on the brink of starvation
- The Chosun Ilbo reported that at last harvest, North Korea’s food supply will fall by 1.17 million tons shorts of its 5.48 million to demand.
For HK$50 or the price of a cup of coffee and a piece of pastry,
you can help one child receiving a cup of soymilk and a piece of bread in school.
ACT NOW !