Brief history : In 2000, Dr. J. K.  Kim, President Yanbien University of Science and Technology (YUST), Jilin China visited Najin city, North Korea , gathered about 300 homeless children of 5 to 7 years of age begging in the street, housed them and feed them with his own fund. Now this home has grown to a large family of 535-children plus staffs. These children have to be fed otherwise no foods come to their empty stomach. This facility has been reputed as a heavenly place in Najin City to many hungry homeless children.

Management: This home is operated entirely with private donations and managed independently by YUST. One Canadian gentleman (Mr. C. H. Kim) , from Toronto has been in charge as an honorary director who is responsible for procuring foods at the China side and transporting foods by a truck to North Korea . No overhead cost is involved.

Current Financial Needs: the entire budget for the home is currently US$ 6900/month. This means mere 40 cents per child per day. There is an urgent issue though. I was told today that other children's home within the city limit was completely burnt down by an accidental fire about a month ago. About 300 children are temporally housed in a ware house facility. Dr. Kim asked for help to rebuild the home before hard winter season sets in.

Our Fund Raising Goal: The Strathcona Club (International Service Committee) began an active fund-raising drive to reach a projected goal $15,000 within this year (before Christmas) . This fund hopefully matched by other grants like the Wild Rose Foundation and/or CIDA. The committee is seeking helps from other clubs in the district for support and asking your active participation in this project.  Please pass this message along to your members , presidents and directors in the district. Checks in any amounts can be sent to ROTARY CLUB OF EDMONTON STRATHCONA , 8310 Roper Rd NW , Edmonton , AB T6E 6E3 .

Do you need a speaker: On behalf of Strathcona International Service Committee, Dr. Jeong Sim is volunteering to tell you all about it on the project. Just call (434-3053, 994-1343 Cell) or contact (

Wisdom to share:

  • He (God) defends the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing (Deuteronomy 10:18 ) .
  • Today is unique. It has never occurred before and it will never be repeated. At midnight it will end, quietly, suddenly, totally and forever. But the hours between now and then are opportunities with eternal possibilities ( Charles R. Swindoll)

Your Fellow Rotarian

Jeong Sim