Instead of specializing in a particular area of development we confront the issue of poverty in holistic way, including various components of development for mediation. As a fully volunteer agency, we pride ourselves in our ability to direct most of our sponsor’s donation to the community.
All village development works, whether it be road improvement, school building, well digging or village cleanup, are carried out by the traditional village shramdan, where all capable people participate.
Fully committed UN MDG’s goal of iradication of illiteracy, children’s education is one of our primary concern. A village development program typically starts with the community adults joining together to build a school for their children and the sense of accomplishment and pride in their work enables the community to tackle further development projects.
Without access to basic medicare service, many people are needlessly suffering from easily treatable diseases and are kept away from medications by prohibitive costs. We run tuberculosis treatment programs and programs for mothers and new borns.
Global climate change is bringing about more frequent and more catastropic disasters every year, more often in the countries without capability to cope. Our emergency relief dispatch team is highly efficient in sourcing out the required relief item in-country, rather than through often expensive ways of bringing the relief materials overseas.
Assistance to North Korea
North Korea program constitutes a special category in our work. In South Korea, humanitarian aids to the DPRK are often tied to political issues. With a firm belief that the suffering people of the North must be helped regardless of the political situation, JTS is often the first NGO to speak up and send relief items to the North. In the 2006 flood, JTS led the NGO community in the ROK by being the first civil society to send relief items (and also the most amount of relief items) and the only NGO to respond to the scarlet fever breakout by shipping 400,000 units of penicilin.
Where we work
In 2006, JTS programs ran in Afghanistan, India, Philippines, North Korea, Sri Lanka and in North and South Korea. In Korea, JTS participates in the Korean Chapter of GCAP and we are a founding member of the Korea NGO Council for Overseas Cooperation (KCOC).