Join Together Society (JTS)
The Founding Philosophy of JTS
- The hungry must be fed.
- The sick must be treated.
- Children must be educated.
Introduction of JTS
JTS is an international NGO relief organization with the aim of fulfilling the three goals stated above. JTS operates all around world, especially in Asia, to eradicate famine, disease and illiteracy. It is an international relief organization that has been granted special consultative status by the UN ECOSOC. JTS International, with headquarters in Korea, has 4 branch offices. JTS Korea and JTS America are in charge of fund-raising, while JTS India and JTS Philippines conducts development projects in cooperation with local communities. Since 1999 JTS has carried out relief activities in close cooperation with its branch offices abroad, dispatching field officers to countries around the world that have been hit by a disaster.
The Meaning of JTS
Join Warm-hearted people who wish to help their neighbors in need meet
Together regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or ideology join their forces
Society to work together as a group
It is an organization open to warm-hearted people who wish to help those in need regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or ideology by working together and making donations.
The Goal of JTS
We wish to practice humanitarianism by helping those in need around the globe, who are not able to receive an education due to poverty and social discrimination and end up leading a life of poverty and disease.
We wish to carry out relief projects to eradicate starvation, disease, and illiteracy in third world countries such as India and the Philippines and to create a global community of people who help each other.
Mission Statement of JTS
JTS carries out relief work in places where there is not enough aid to meet the needs.
JTS encourages voluntary participation of the local people in its relief projects.
JTS relief projects help the local people to become independent.
JTS Overseas Projects
Food Aid (Relief Aid for the Destitute): JTS provides unconditional aid in areas suffering from absolute poverty and people live on less than 1 dollar a day.
Medical Aid: JTS builds hospitals in areas that don’t have medical facilities and provides free medical care to people who cannot get treated due to lack of money.
Educational Aid: Based on the principle of helping people to attain a minimum level of literacy, JTS builds schools and provides school supplies with an aim to eradicate illiteracy of people who have long been excluded from the benefits of civilization. It has built schools in countries such has India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, and the Philippines.
Community Development: JTS provides aid to repair damages caused by natural disasters and to improve the unsanitary living conditions. JTS encourages the voluntary participation of the villagers in the restoration process to promote their self-reliance and recovery of community spirit in the village. The aim of reconstructing the village does not simply lie in constructing buildings but also in helping the villagers become revitalized by cooperating with each other and regain their sense of confidence so that they themselves become capable of developing their own community. JTS also tries to provide people with the opportunity to engage in communal activities by constructing new buildings and houses.
Preservation of Traditional Culture: JTS supports the construction of schools aimed at preserving cultural traditions and construction of educational facilities designed to promote transfer of cultural heritage.
Emergency Relief Aid: JTS provides emergency relief aid in order to save the lives of people in areas hit by various natural disasters or endangered by armed conflicts and help the victims return to their normal lives as soon as possible. JTS carries out two kinds of relief activities. One is emergency relief aid that quickly delivers the necessary relief goods and workers, secured locally, based on an accurate understanding of the situation in the disaster area. The other is disaster recovery activity that deals with reconstruction of the houses that have been destroyed. In particular, JTS focuses on identifying marginalized disaster-stricken areas that receive relatively little help from other relief organizations and provides aid to those in dire need of help.
JTS assisted people in Mongolia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Philippines and Indonesia for earthquakes and floods. JTS also dispatched volunteers to Haiti in 2010 when the region was hit by a catastrophic earthquake. In addition, JTS has provided emergency relief aid to countries including North Korea, India, and Sri Lanka.
Plans for Aid to North Korea
JTS plans to resume humanitarian aid to North Korea.
Aid for the Vulnerable Population: JTS will continue to provide aid to orphanages and the vulnerable population.
Food, Necessities, Health Care Support: JTS will provide them.
Monitoring: JTS will actively monitor the aid distribution by making site visits and checking the nutritive condition of the aid beneficiaries in North Korea.
North Korea Development and Cooperation Project: JTS will continue the research and development for the project.
JTS Projects in South Korea
Support for the Elderly (Doobook Retreat Center): JTS provides various kinds of support for the marginalized elderly so that they can live a new life and be happy.
Welfare for the Disabled (Aeguangwon): JTS helps people with special needs at Aeguangwon go on outings such as picnics. By going on an outing together, JTS provides them with a chance to communicate with the world.
Support for Low-income Families (Ga-eun Eup, Moonkyung): JTS provides support to low-income families in South Korea in cooperation with local governments.
Support for the Vulnerable Population: JST plans to provide support to single-parent households in Seoul, identify the current situation of the vulnerable population and provide emergency support to those excluded from welfare benefits.
JTS Ansan Multicultural Center: The center supports foreign workers and multicultural families. It also provides opportunities for warm interaction among people of different cultures by holding yard sales, providing Korean language classes, and organizing picnics. In addition, it offers the people from various cultures a space to enjoy their own culture as well as make cultural exchanges. The center also has medical and legal consulting services.