Mothers Work, Child Care Industry Booms

first_img News News NewsEconomy AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Elsewhere, North Korea’s Party-run daily Rodong Sinmunpublished an article late last week stating that children have moved into “Pyongyang BabyHome and Orphanage,” which lies along the Taedong River. “Ourchildren, who are enjoying all the great fortune they can in the arms of ourParty, will be able to further enjoy their civilized life,” it read.However, according to the source, the reality is different. “The reason why Kim Jong Eun has been actively promoting the facility is that it is not really for orphans. It’s to drum up loyalty from his Party cadres.”“Orphans need to be of good songbun[family political background and loyalty] in order to get into ‘Pyongyang Baby Home and Orphanage,’” she went on. “Children who were abandoned becausetheir parents got divorced, or who are offspring of single mothers, or who havelost their parents due to hardships; these children can’t even getnear the facilities.” Images from a Rodong Sinmun report on November 7th from ‘Pyongyang Baby Home and Orphange.’ Image: Rodong Sinmun SHARE Facebook Twitter “The children of cadres who worked in theCentral Party prior to their deaths, from Section 5 of the Cadres Department, or who died in the line of duty asmilitary pilots and suchlike; if their songbunchecks out, these children can get in.”“If you have good songbun you can get intothe Pyongyang Orphanage, and if you have money you can get care from personalnannies. That’s today’s reality,” she concluded. “We needorphanages that can take care of real orphans that have bad songbun and nomoney.” By Daily NK – 2014.11.10 5:55pm Mothers Work, Child Care Industry Booms North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders Following the trend in South Korea and elsewhere, where arising number of working parents has led to a boom in the childcare industry, day care services are putting down roots in North Korea, theDaily NK has learned.“Personal day care centers forchildren with parents, not for orphans, are becoming more popular,” a Pyongyang-based source told the Daily NK on Friday in a phoneconversation. “They’re popularwith younger women who don’t have enough time forchildcare because of work.”“Women who must travel far and wide to selltheir wares look for nannies or have their children stay at individually-runday care centers,” she elaborated. “Some parents even have children in their teens stay at these places.”The monthly cost of a nanny is roughly the equivalent of 25 kg of rice in the case of babies [up to 16 months old], and 10 kg of rice for toddlers from age3-5 and kindergartners or school children between 6 and 10, accordingto the source. As of November 6th, rice was roughly 4,800 KPW [0.58USD] per kilo in public markets.“Depending on how nice the parents are, orhow much they are willing to spend, nannies can get bonuses and holidaygifts, too. If the parents are happy, they can get taken on long term,” she explained.In line with this cultural turn,a few grandparents have begun to seek payment for the time they spend looking after theirgrandchildren, the source alleged. As such, “Even if they have grandparents available, if they’re not good at taking care of children the parents will choose day care instead.”last_img read more