In late August, Typhoon Lionrock inflicted flooding and landslides not seen since 1945, that washed away homes, schools, clinics and damaged crops, bridges, roads and rail lines in Hamgyong Province, the northeastern part of the country. The widespread devastation left more than 100,000 people homeless and deprived them of everything they own. Although tens of thousands of people have been mobilized to help rebuild homes before winter, children and families have been made extremely vulnerable by the onset of freezing temperatures that have already brought the first snowfall. A First Steps team was able to visit the region to confirm the seriousness of the devastation and the grave urgency to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable people living there. A physician we spoke with at a temporary clinic told us that he had quadruple the patient load compared to before the disaster.

First Steps responded immediately during our visit by delivering 25 metric tonnes of food, as well as 300,000 sachets of micronutrient Sprinkles and essential medicines for babies and pregnant women. We are also appealing to send more urgently needed relief items in the coming days and months. 

Please pray for and make a donation today to help the children and families of northeastern North Korea.

More than 500 people died or are presumed dead and the damage to already poor communities is massive with up to 600,000 people are in desperate need of urgent help in the wake of the flooding.

First Steps has worked in North Korea since 2001 and we have the experience to respond to deliver critical aid to the most needy.  

Please donate today to help First Steps provide:

- Micronutrient Sprinkles to help prevent acute malnutrition in children
- Nutritious foods such as soybeans and other traditional Korean foods


To donate, please visit

Together, let us show the love of Christ as we reach out. . . 
"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us. . . . "

With my deepest thanks,

Susan Ritchie
Executive Director, First Steps




flood damage and first steps' current relief efforts