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S-0526-0344-0025-00002 · Item · 1956-12-31
Part of United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA) (1950-1958)

In February 1953, a group of UNKRA and voluntary agency officials formally opened a little community of 25 duplex houses on a hillside overlooking Pusan. To widows of Christian clergyman it was the beginning of a new life and a chance to support themselves and their children. The Misil Whoi (sewing guild) received sewing machines from Church World Service, and $10,000 toward construction of the Mother and Child House Settlement from UNKRA. This photograph shows a Korean widow working on a hand-operated spinning wheel. [Photograph 1474]

The Wons in their new home
S-0526-0345-0007-00001 · Item · 1956-12-31
Part of United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA) (1950-1958)

The war rendered homeless millions of Koreans who, still now, live in temporary shacks and shelters in overcrowded cities. Because housing materials are scarce in Korea, the UNKRA introduced new building techniques in the country to erect rapidly and with a minimum of materials the thousands of new houses needed. Special machines were imported from South Africa by the Agency to turn out pressed blocks of earth stabilized with a small amount of cement. These blocks are used in the construction of small dwellings suitable for Korean families. This picture, taken in one of the new UNKRA-built houses in Seoul, shows members of a Korean family, the Wons, who moved in recently. Mrs. Won is pressing the family wash by the traditional Korean method of beating the clothing with clubs. Seoul, 1955. [Photograph UN DPI 47694]