Global Resource Services

GRS is a US NGO headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and a support office and training facility in Arizona. In  addition to our two primary US locations, GRS has representative offices, operational centers, logistical staging  centers, collaborative offices, and support units in the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Nepal, China, and  DPRK. Ninety percent (90%) of all our resources are channeled through and focused on our programs in the DPRK.   

Since 1997, our GRS program highlights: 
• Food Security programs that feed 150,000 people daily in South Hwanghae, North Hwanghae, and North Hamgyung Provinces in the DPRK through Goat Dairy, Soy, and Corn Farms. We also worked with a team of four other US NGOs to distribute 100,000 Metric Tons of Food in North Pyongan and Chagang Provinces as a part of the Food for Peace Program of USAID feeding nearly 1 million beneficiaries.  

• Global Health programs currently provide training and support services for seven hospitals in five different provinces in the DPRK. GRS has trained 40 doctors in laparoscopic surgery, equipped two surgical units, and developed one training center.  We have installed 5 emergency back-up generators for critical care units in four different hospitals as a part of the USAID/OFDA Emergency Generator Project. We currently have on-going work with these hospitals, installed critical care equipment, and providing essential supplies. We are providing a minimum of $500,000 worth of medical supplies every year which are currently used to treat over 500,000 patients.  

• In Education, we annually train 10 new English Professors and provide English text books to 5,000 students through the Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies.  We also participate in cultural exchanges with private citizens between our two countries in the arts. 

• In our Capacity Building programs we provide fresh water wells and distribution systems to 120,000 people every year in three different provinces. We currently are developing four new water systems in Koksan County which will provide water for over 100,000 beneficiaries. 
One of the key values GRS brings to this complex challenge is the ability to establish genuine relationships with key officials.  We have been able to work in nearly every province of the country and have the ability to work with the local communities. By focusing on long range plans and steering clear of political entanglements, we can negotiate more effectively with the DPRK and respond more directly to their humanitarian and social needs. This experience has resulted in relationships at both the central and local levels in North Korea.  We have found a niche in which we can operate effectively and relatively independent of the broader political environment.  

The GRS model embodies three main principals:  relationships, respect, and reconciliation.  With current on-going projects already in six provinces, we are excited to expand our long term commitments to new communities and to continue nurturing current relationships. The total number of people directly benefiting from our current efforts totals over 1,000,000.   

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