Our NGOs

Small actions you take can help change the world.
– Ven. Pomnyun Sunim

Peace of Mind and Compassion in Society

We believe that achieving individual happiness and taking action to make society better are interrelated and mutually reinforcing. Below are four suborganizations of Jungto Society founded with the aim of realizing social change.

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JTS

International NGO Relief Organization

Ecobuddha

Environmental Movement In Everyday Life

Good Friends

Center for Peace, Human Rights and Refugees

Peace Foundation

Contributing to South and North Koreas’ Unification

Join Together Society (JTS)

The hungry should have food.
The sick should be treated.
Children should be educated.

JTS is an international 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 fundraising, 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 disasters. We are a 100% volunteer-operated organization.
97% of your donations go directly to the needy.

  • [Buddhistdoor] JTS Korea Sends PPE to Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh amid COVID Fears
  • [Buddhistdoor] Pomnyun Sunim Pledges 10,000 Tons of Food Aid for Children in North Korea

Ecobuddha

Ecobuddha takes the front line in the environmental movement with the “Clean Plate” campaign.
Ecobuddha campaigns for ecological awareness and promotes living a simple life. Based on the Buddha’s teaching to respect all living beings, Ecobuddha established new environmental ethics, educates people from all walks of life about the importance of natural environment, and put ecological lifestyles into practice in our everyday life. Ecobuddha organizes Ecology Camps and promotes Zero-Waste Campaign, encouraging people to empty their plates at every meal and avoid using disposable products through Clean Plate Campaign.
  • [Ecociv.org] How Ven. Pomnyun Sunim's ecological worldview is grounded on the Buddha's teachings
  • Official Korean Website

Good Friends

We will be good friends with all beings.
Good Friends was established in 1996 to help the North Korean residents who were starving to death and became refugees amidst a devastating food crisis. Starting with humanitarian assistance to North Korean refugees and human rights improvement activities, it has carried out various initiatives including publishing reports on North Korean residents’ lives.
  • [The New York Times] Easing North Koreans’ Pain
  • [Huff Post] This Buddhist Monk Has Devoted His Life To Ending Suffering In North Korea
  • Official Korean Website

The Peace Foundation

The Peace Foundation for Contributing to World Peace Through South and North Koreas’ Reunification
The Peace Foundation is a private research institute established in 2004 to bring permanent peace, stability, and unification to the Korean Peninsula. The Peace Foundation maintains its impartial and neutral stance, free from association with any ideology, doctrine, or political party. It seeks to contribute to a peaceful world by garnering national consent and promoting open discussions on various social and political issues in society.
  • [Newsweek] North Korea Peace Treaty Called for by 'We the People' White House Petition
  • [Korea Joongang Daily] The Art of Good Enough
  • Official Korean Website

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