TEFL INTERNATIONAL wrote -
We will be sending balloons carrying 1000 socks on Nov. 26th, 2011 along the border of North Korea, with the intention that it reaches those who need it most on North Korean soil.
We will send balloons of socks last Saturday of each month and welcome you to join us in various ways (below). Here are photos from our last launching, on our Facebook page: ===> North Korea Peace Facebook
1. Why North Korea?
Since 1990 up to 3.5 million of are claimed to have died from the North Korea famine. Approx. 100,000 children die each year. North Korea most inhumane practices
2. Why balloons?
Transport via balloons is the only reliable and certain access of reaching to common people of North Korea. North Korea Peace leader, Mr. Lee Ju Sung and other defectors had received flyers from such methods of delivery.
Thwarted intention: Traditional methods of food aid and money are used for empowering military and government regime. South Korea alone provided $6 BN of aid to North Korea, however, Ministry of Reunification surveyed 600 people of 20,000 North Korean defectors, 95% claimed they have never received any food never seen monetary or food aid.
3. Why socks?
-basic necessity and critical item especially in cold winters
-light-weight and small volume
-affordable (less than $1.00)
-could be converted to cash in North Korea to buy food for 1 month (1 pair of socks = 10,000 North Korean Won = 10 kg of corn = 30 days of food)
4. What will the flyer say?
Dear This Flyer Finder,
The world has not forgotten the current hardships of our fellow brothers and sisters in North Korea. We pray for your survival until the day of reunification. We, from all countries love you.
세계인민들은북한형제들이격고있는고통을잊지않고있습니다. 통일되는날까지살아주세요. 세계인민들은북한형제들을사랑합니다.
5. Our group?
Led by North Korean defector, and group of international volunteers who have commitment to take actions now to difference to lives of common people of North Koreans TODAY. Our group is non-political, non-religious and non-profit group.
6. Our goals?
By raising international awareness and involvement of committed members:
Short Term: To send 1000 socks each month
Medium Term: Act as a think tank and have re-directed billions of dollars worth of international food aid & monetary aid, to reach common people by implementing fool proof card-system, and have our group work to develop this in North Korea
Long Term: Prepare programs for the nation and the people of North Korea to become self sufficient after reunification. Via United Nations, have countries take on project where each country is responsible for one district of North Korea
7. How you can join our purpose?
WE WELCOME YOU TO JOIN US!
1. How can I join as a member/ volunteer?: Email us your Name, Email, Contact # or register on our Crowdrise account as a member
2. When do we have meetings?: Every Friday Itaewon from 8 pm- 9 pm.
3. How can we Donate money? Right here on Crowdrise or to our Korean bank account*
4. How can I join balloon sending event? Every last Saturday of month (Please confirm with us)
*Korean Bank Account info (coming soon)