About This Fundraiser
For my birthday this year, I want to celebrate my life in Korea. This highly developed nation has advanced itself in numerous ways since the end of the battles in the Korean War. Unification is in talks, but may be still far from a reality. Until then, let us bring hope and determination to those who have left the North, in search for better opportunities and a better life. Please help fund this wonderful organisation. A little can go a long way. :)
About General Fund
In November 2016, the Ministry of Unification in South Korea reported that the number of North Korean refugees escaping to South Korea had surpassed 30,000. Various media report various challenges that refugees face in adjusting to South Korea. An estimated 35 percent of refugees are unemployed, 80 percent work in menial jobs, and refugees who are employed earn 50% of what South Koreans earn.
Escaping North Korea is the first battle many refugees face. Many report that English is a major barrier for many of them, as they struggle with "Konglish" words that have seeped into the South Korean language. TNKR helps refugees by connecting them with volunteer tutors. Since its founding in March 2013, TNKR has connected 315 refugees with more than 650 volunteer tutors and coaches.