Case by case and child by child our organization rescues defector children, and guides the development of the already rescued children with volunteer educators, mentorship, and donations.
In context to an entire nation of people famine and oppression, our work may easily seem futile. With every child we save, there are always countless others that we cannot reach.
But there is a much grander plan to our efforts, we work with these children:
Because they have the potential to become an entire generation of individuals like them:
Left to Right; top: Song Byeok, Shin Dong-Hyuk, Park Yeon-Mi
bottom: Lee Seung-chul with a choir of North Korean defectors, Kang Chol-Hwan
Amazing individuals who lead the international movement today for North Korean human rights as activists, political artists, and authors.
The prolonged suffering these children faced on their journeys to seek freedom, at such young ages, did leave these children’s spirits damaged, but made them stronger. From teaching and mentoring these children, we have seen their extraordinary tenacity in reaching their goals, and an uncommon resiliency to changes in their lives. With guidance, support, and proper education, we know that these children can grow up to become a generation of leaders for the human rights movement, and more.
The ultimate solution to ending North Korean oppression is reunification, and the North Korean defectors also have the binational experience to stand between the North and the South as a living bridge to reconcile the differences between the two sides, and bring the divided nation closer together to catalyze a peaceful process of unification.
We consider each of our efforts as an organization to be an investment in the international movement for both North Korean human rights, and Korean reunification.