About This Fundraiser
Teaching North Korean Refugees (TNKR) is a non-profit organization working to ease the transition of refugees from North Korea into modern society, by providing free English-learning opportunities for refugees. The goal of English education is to help improve their employment opportunities, social mobility, and ability to speak about their experiences to a greater audience.
TNKR helps match refugees with volunteer native and fluent English-speaking tutors for private, personalized study sessions. To date, TNKR has helped 250 refugees improve their English and public speaking skills, increasing their employment options and improving their ability to assimilate into modern society. Numerous alumnus have gone on to publish memoirs and attend universities around the globe.
In addition to one-on-one tutoring, TNKR also holds fundraisers, hosts refugee speaking contests, and participates in humanitarian conferences. Our mission, as always, is to empower North Korean refugees to find their own voice and path through education, advocacy, and support.
That said, TNKR is still a small organization and runs almost solely on donated support. To continue to expand and make a greater impact on the lives of refugees, everything counts. Thank you for your support!
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.