Celebrate Tomorrow with North Korean Refugees

Fundraiser by Sarah Elizabeth
$390.67 remaining
$30 raised
8% of $421 goal
This fundraiser supports General Fund

About This Fundraiser

Language is powerful. For many, learning a foreign language in school was just another subject we slept through, but for others, like North Korean refugees, English proficiency is a doorway that opens to vast number opportunities that they were previously shut out from. According to the TNKR website, more than 30,000 North Koreans have escaped into South Korea since the 1990s. Among these refugees, many state that a lack of English understanding is a barrier to their acclimation to life in South Korea, a nation that focuses heavily on English education and sprinkles its language with "konglish" (English words borrowed into the Korean language).

Founded in 2013, TNKR (Teach North Korean Refugees) is an organization that seeks to help North Korean refugees have better opportunities through one on one English-only education. From July, I will volunteer to teach English to two refugees, but your donation today will help cover the study center fees, as well as any other cost that it takes to keep the TNKR organization alive and running.

You can be the key to help them make the first step towards a better life. Thank you! ^^

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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.

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