The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK - North Korea) World Vision’s founder, Dr. Bob Pierce, visited China and Korea in 1947, just three years before the start of the Korean War, which split the country into South and North Korea.
Stunned by the poverty and physical suffering of the people there, particularly the children, he vowed to bring their needs to the attention of others. In 1950, he launched World Vision. While operations have existed in South Korea since the beginning of the organization, efforts in North Korea began in 1994 in response to the government’s request for humanitarian assistance.
Over the course of two years, World Vision provided $5.5 million worth of food, medicines, and clothing to children and families. Since then, World Vision has expanded its assistance to include recovery of agriculture and health systems.