Korea, Democratic People's Republic (DPRK)

DPR Korea - Orphans At The Head Of The Queue
Published on 25 October 2012

WFP/Bithika Biswas

Kaesong City baby home is one of 39 orphanages in DPR Korea receiving food assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP). There are three different types of homes for orphaned children in DPRK, based on age group. Baby homes cater for children between 0 and 4 years-old, children aged 5 and 6 are cared for in child centres, and boarding schools are home to 7-16 year-olds.

In Kaesong city baby home is clean, spacious, and equipped with a number of musical instruments and games for the 104 children being cared for there. 

The home has a kitchen garden which is used to grow vegetables to supplement the cereals rations they get from the government. At certain times of year, food can be scarce and lacking in vital proteins and other nutrients, so the children don’t always get the balanced, nutritious diet they need to grow healthily.

WFP supports institutions like the Kaesong baby home with cereals, beans, oil, fortified biscuits and Super Cereal. Through this home and others around the country, over 9,500 orphan children in DPR Korea receive nutritional assistance from WFP. The Super Cereal (blended food enriched with vitamins and minerals) is  particularly  important for the children to develop their full potential - both physically and intellectually.

According to the head of the institution, little Kim (pictured) and the rest of the children greatly enjoy the food made from the Super Cereal, which includes pancakes, porridge and bread.


Written by Bithika Biswas

WFP Offices
About the author

Marcus Prior

Deputy Head of Programme

Marcus, a former journalist, has worked in WFP Communications for 10 years in Africa and Asia. Deputy Head of Programme in Afghanistan, currently deployed in Iraq for a mission.