Mungyong Cement Plant Agreement: On 4 February 1955 UNKRA and the Republic of Korea completed agreement with F.L. Smidth & Co. (Denmark) for the construction of a $5 million cement plant at Mungyong-gun, Kyongsang Pukto province, the largest single project undertaken by UNKRA. The plant, when completed, will have an annual production capacity of 100,000 metric tons, and more than double Korea's present output of this vital construction commodity.
Maryknoll Clinic - Pusan (continued).
Y.M.C.A. Training Centre for Girls at Tongnae: On a farm several miles outside Pusan a Canadian Welfare Worker, Miss Barbara Broadfoot, is in charge of a unique home for girls sponsored by the Y.M.C.A. Some thirty girls, all of them orphaned or separated by the war from their families, live and work here and are trained to become useful, self-supporting citizens. Their activities include sewing, knitting and running the farm and vegetable garden. UNKRA donated $3,300 to repair the farm house and to provide the initial equipment in the form of machines and tools.
Taejon Mineral Assay Laboratory.
Korean Ship: In October of 1953 UNKRA charted for the first time a ship of the Republic of Korea's three-vessel merchant fleet. The Motorship Korea loaded 6,000,000 board feet of lumber to be used in the Agency's program of classroom construction. It sailed from Vancouver, B.C. in mid-November.
Keumsung Spinning Company: War brought the Korean textile industry almost to a standstill. Plants were razed, equipment demolished and stocks destroyed. To meet the acute shortage of cloth, UNKRA allocated $2,600,000 to re-equip three textile plants. Two British engineers, Jack Wilson and John Edgar, accompanied the machinery from England and supervised installation and the training Korean technicians in its use. The mills will each be capable of producing 2,000.000 yards of cloth a month.