About This Fundraiser
16 Original artworks created during the last two years. 100% of the proceeds of the sales will benefit TNKR.
There will also be one new painting added each month, starting in June 2017, so that this will be an ongoing effort.
TNKR's outreach into the refugee community is not just about teaching English, it is about restoring self-worth and confidence in people who have endured many hardships. Buying a painting that will bring you joy as it hangs on your wall and contributing to this outreach is a win-win situation!
In order to buy a painting, go to https://www.facebook.com/LeonieArtWrite/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel and look at the paintings posted there, leave a comment and I will get in touch with you to arrange shipping. You can donate directly here, the price of the painting plus 4000 won for postage costs, or I will send you details about payment options in a pm.
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.