The Han-Schneider International Children’s Foundation was initially conceived to help state-run schools in North Korea; a country in much need with 40% of the population facing chronic malnutrition. The malnutrition for children in North Korea is even more shocking with an estimated 24% being underweight, 37% being malnourished and 7% severely malnourished.
Due to the lack of proper nutrition during their developmental years, the children of North Korea are on average shorter and weigh less than their South Korean counterparts. For instance, 13 year old boys in North Korea, on average, are 5 inches shorter and weigh 22 pounds less than those in South Korea.
The North Korea program commenced almost immediately after the HSICF was officially recognized as a nonprofit organization in 2008, serving one school. This program consists of mostly food shipments due to the tremendous need by the children. As the organization has grown so did the number of schools under the foundation’s care as well as the scope of the program. Today the HSICF serves four schools: Hwang-Ju, P’yongsung, Oncheon and the Donglim. In total the HSICF serves nearly 3,000 children. In addition to the food program, the HSICF also now offers warm clothing for the cold, harsh winters and both over the counter medication and antibiotics for the ill children.
- Hwang-Ju, 39 kilometers north of P’yongyang cares for 1,000 children ages 8 to 16 years old.
- P’yongsung, 48 kilometers north of P’yongyang, cares for 1,000 children ages infancy to 16 years old.
- Oncheon, 46 kilometers south of P’yongyang cares for 350 children ages 8 to 12 years
- Donglim, 150 kilometers north-west of P’yongyang cares for 800 children ages 8 to 16 years(new orphanage in 2014!)
- The United Nations believes that two-thirds of North Korea’s 24 million people are coping with food shortages.
- In 2011, 32 percent of the population didn’t always know where their next meals were coming from.
- The malnutrition for children in North Korea is even more shocking with an estimated 24% being underweight, 37% being malnourished and 7% severely malnourished.
- 13 year old boys in North Korea, on average, are 5 inches shorter and weigh 22 pounds less than those in South Korea.