About This Fundraiser
제가 태어난 곳은 함경북도 어랑군입니다. 현재 제가 살아가는 곳은 서울 입니다. 저 같은 우리 탈북민들은 친인척과 고별한 이후 삶의 자유를 얻은 대신 그리움의 자유를 잃은 분단역사의 산 증인들입니다. 저희는 명절 날 좋은 음식 앞에 함께하지 못하는 마음에 가슴이 저며듭니다. 이 처럼 조국분단은 마음의 분단이어서 통일의 꿈이 누구보다 더 큰 우리 탈북민들이기에 우리 탈북민은 먼저온 미래, 먼저 온 통일입니다.
I was born in Orang County of North Korea’s North Hamgyong Province. Today, I live in Seoul, South Korea. North Korean refugees like myself have found physical freedom in South Korea, but at the cost of forever bidding farewell to our loved ones. In essence, we have lost our freedom to grieve. We are the living witnesses to the painful reality of inter-Korean separation. Each holiday is an agony, as it reminds us of our missing families. The separation cuts through our hearts, and we yearn for reunification more than anyone. We therefore represent the future, the reunification to come.
통일의 마중물 역할을 할 수 있도록 용기와 꿈을 주신 TNKR 대표님들께 감사의 인사를 드립니다. 아울러 저희를 위해 무료 봉사하시는 외국인 선생님께 깊은 감사의 인사를 드립니다.
고향이 함경북도 어랑인 대한민국 청년이 꿈을 포기하지않고 통일의 마중물 역할을 할 수 있도록 여러분들의 응원과 후원을 기다립니다.
I extend my deepest gratitude to the co-founders of TNKR for giving us the courage to dream and to prepare for reunification. My sincere thanks to all the volunteer tutors as well, who gladly give up their time without asking anything in return.
Your support to TNKR is invaluable. Please support my fundraiser, so that this young North Korean turned South Korean can continue to empower herself to stand at the forefront of reunification.
Thank you very much.
About Matching Donation Alert
This page will announce Matching Donation Opportunities for TNKR. To convert to US $, click the drop-down menu at the top to change from Korean Won to US dollars.
So far this fundraiser has generated two successful Matching Gift opportunities for TNKR. We now have two opportunities that will be wrapped into one!
When: Launching July 1 (but donations raised now can also be added to the total retroactively)!
What: The law firm of Shin and Kim has offered a 2 million won donation ($1,767) to TNKR to help us with the speech contest.
PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED MATCHING DONATION OPPORTUNITIES
When: Announced on May 26, completed on June 10.
Deadline: June 15
What: Two anonymous donors have offered donations that can be matched totaling almost 4 million won (about $3,500). That means that every donation really matters because it helps us chip away at that 4 million won total!
* Opportunity 1
When: Announced on May 2, completed on May 6.
What: TNKR co-founder Casey Lartigue matched the first 1 million won (about $900).
Half of these Matching donation opportunities will be used to help TNKR with its international expansion and the other half will be used for TNKR's operations. As of June 1, TNKR has no paid staff, that means that all donations will support operations.
You can also donate through the TNKR bank account:
email CJL@post.harvard.edu to confirm your donation is credited to this matching opportunity.
TNKR began as a humble gathering in March 2013 when we matched a handful of North Korean refugees with volunteer tutors in Seoul. Since then, more than 280 refugees have studied with more than 580 volunteer tutors and coaches.
English is important to helping refugees access opportunities in South Korea. According to one study, 32 percent of refugees drop out of school because of problems with English (that's even higher than 28 percent who dropped out to earn money). Of refugees who said they considered dropping out, another 33 percent cited English as a reason. English is needed for employment tests in South Korea, so many refugees get eliminated almost immediately.
After our recent trip to the UK, we learned that refugees there are also struggling with English. We hope that we can provide support for refugees there.