Good Seeds was first started by our Director, Im Hyang Ja in 1994. Early on, she created a movement to help those in North Korea and North Koreans who were trying to rebuild their lives safely in other countries. Collaborating with the South Korean government, she single handedly reformed national policies that thoroughly helped North Korean defectors. 7 years after creating her first team, she built the first school for North Korean defectors in Seoul, South Korea. Immediately following the launch of the school, Good Seeds was established. In 2003, Good Seeds graduated six students. Nine years later, over 200 defectors have graduated from the Heavenly Dream School program, and 80 defectors have become college students.
1994: First North Korean missions group team formed by Im Hyang Ja.
1995-2000: Built a Noodle Factory in Pyongyang, North Korea to support and employ North Koreans. During this time, she organized groups via China to send milk, bread, and flour to orphanages.
1996: Established Korea Institute Missions Strategy (KIMS), an overseas organization focused on assisting the needs of refugees in immediate danger. KIMS helped refugees from various Asian countries, including North Korea. Im Hyang Ja directed the North Korea sector, which later became Good Seeds.
1999: Im Hyang Ja collaborates with the South Korean government policy makers to create a federal assimilation process for defectors seeking asylum in South Korea. Im Hyang Ja developed a Homestay Housing Program, 3-month Assimilation, and a national volunteer program for South Korean citizens to work directly with defectors.
2001: The Ministry of Unification recognizes Im Hyang Ja’s humanitarian efforts. The Unification Minister awards her with a national honorable recognition.
2002: South Korean State Department awards Good Seeds an official integration effort toward unification.
2003: 하늘꿈학교 (Heavenly Dream School) opens as the first school specially designed for North Korean defectors.
2004: Good Seeds is established as an NGO. This year, six students graduate from the school.
2009: Seoul Royal Counsel of the Law awards Good Seeds as a Human Rights Recognition organization
2011: South Korea Department of Education awards an Honor of Excellence to Heavenly Dream School’s educational program.
2012: As part of the Employment Training Program, Good Seeds launches its first catering company, employing North Korean defectors.
Good Seeds responds to the immediate and long-term needs of North Korean refugees.
Good Seeds is a non-profit humanitarian organization working to help young North Korean adults who have sought asylum in Seoul, South Korea. Good Seeds provides full assistance to refugees in order to rebuild their lives in safety and care. We understand the assimilation process to be timely, and therefore serve with a long-term goal in mind. Our mission is for young refugees to become educated, self-sufficient citizens as they choose to resettle on a local level.