George Rhee, from Everyday Wimbledon, is a remarkable man whose father left North Korea during the 1950-53 war and was unable to return to visit his homeland. When George went to North Korea in 2001 as a tourist, he saw children going hungry and elderly women selling goods in the market in the bitter cold. He decided he needed to do something to help, and founded a charity which has been running bakeries in North Korea since 2006.
There are now 6 bakeries in 6 cities supplying bread to children aged 4-13 in kindergartens and schools free of charge, and George’s goal is to build a bakery in each of the 26 geographic districts in North Korea.
In February this year, the UN released emergency funds for severely underfunded aid operations in North Korea. There are reports that chronic malnutrition (stunting) among under 5 children is at nearly 28%, while 4% of under 5 children are acutely malnourished (wasting). Around 70% of the population are considered food insecure. Many areas of the country do not have the facilities, equipment or medicines to meet basic health needs.
George has asked for prayers for greater openness in the country so the gospel can be preached, for change in the government’s approach, and for people not to starve as they did, in the millions, between 1995-1999, following further sanctions imposed by the international community earlier this year.
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The generous will themselves be blessed,
for they share their food with the poor.