In late August 2016, Typhoon Lionrock inflicted flooding and landslides not seen in North Korea since 1945. Nature's assault 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 all their belongings.

A First Steps team visited the region within weeks of the disaster and confirmed the seriousness of the devastation and the grave urgency to attend to the needs of the most vulnerable people living there. First Steps responded immediately by delivering 25 metric tonnes of food, as well as 300,000 sachets of micronutrient Sprinkles and essential medicines for babies and pregnant women. 


In June 2017 a First Steps team visited Yonsa county to confirm the delivery of 17,000 square metres of corrugated steel roofing and receive feedback on the nutritious food supplies and micronutrient Sprinkles delivered previously. The roofing was used to complete the building of daycares, kindergartens, schools, clinics and homes in Yonsa county. 

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

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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

 Yonsa county following the flood

BEFORE: Flood damage in Yonsa county


AFTER: Reconstruction in Yonsa county