Samaritan’s Purse Matches U.S. Government Grant for Flood Relief to North Korea
Organization Commits to Providing an Additional $900,000 in Aid
Samaritan's Purse is responding to the recent flooding crisis in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) by sending tons of emergency supplies to help those in desperate need. The U.S. State Department has allocated $900,000 to American organizations to deliver flood relief to the country. Samaritan's Purse is matching the U.S. Government's grant, bringing the total amount of assistance to at least $1.8 million.
Dozens of people were killed and thousands left homeless by recent flooding in the Kangwon and North and South Hwanghae provinces. Forecasts call for continued heavy rains in the coming weeks. This severe weather has already caused severe damage to farmland and infrastructure.
The organization will be providing relief items including blankets, temporary shelter materials and hygiene supplies to meet the critical needs of flood victims in North Korea. Staff members will travel to DPRK to monitor the delivery of this assistance.
"When I was in North Korea in May, I saw the country's increasingly dire needs," said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. "The recent flooding has made this situation even more acute. I'm very pleased that the United States government is separating political differences from humanitarian need. People are people. God made and created each and every one of us. The Bible teaches us that those who have much should share with those who have little."
Samaritan's Purse has worked in the DPRK for more than a decade, including in 2008, when Samaritan's Purse was part of a collaborative effort that delivered 71,000 metric tons of food to more than 900,000 people in two northwest provinces of the country.
Samaritan's Purse is an evangelical Christian relief organization founded in 1970 that provides immediate assistance for the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. The organization is working in more than 100 countries to provide aid in the name of Jesus Christ to victims of war, disease, natural disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, please visit www.samaritanspurse.org.