As there are many health benefits in soymilk, First Steps makes supplying this nutritious drink a priority. Soybeans are considered a complete source of protein, contain no cholesterol, and contain powerful antioxidants that help fight disease. Soymilk is also known to increase bone density and strengthen the immune system.
Partners in North Korea say that children who receive soymilk get sick less often, have better attendance and perform better in school. School directors, doctors, and staff that receive soymilk rations for the children in their care are extremely positive about the benefits of soymilk. Officials are also enthusiastic about First Steps programs and have recently requested that more sites be established to help more children.