About This Fundraiser
In South Korea the crane is symbolic of peace and longevity. In the spirit of Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) I will be making 71 paper cranes. This number represents the period of time North and South Korea have been separated and the cranes represent the hope that TNKR promotes through its program. TNKR provides free English language training to North Korean refugees who have resettled in Seoul. My goal is to generate funds to offset the cost of study spaces to be used for tutoring.
I have three ways I will use the 71 cranes;
1. String them to be hung as a decoration in the TNKR Office
2.Give them to the current North Korean students with an explanation of purpose
3. Donors may send wishes or quotes that will be hung or distributed with the cranes
Thank you for participating in this fundraiser!
A special thanks to Maya Kashima for the inspiration behind this project and Kela Designs for creating the beautiful fundraiser header.
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.