About This Fundraiser
TNKR helps match North Korean refugees with volunteer English-speaking tutors for private, personalized study sessions. To date, the program has taught over 250 North Korean refugees.
For those that manage to escape North Korea, incredible challenges remain. Leaving North Korea is punishable by death or torture. Escaping into neighboring China does not even guarantee immediate safety for refugees. Around two-thirds of refugees escaping are women, and over 70% of women refugees are estimated to be forced into human trafficking. These refugees are some most vulnerable people in the world, yet refugees are still being taken advantage of by human traffickers.
So much focus has been put on the regime and dictatorship of North Korea, but people often forget that the true victims of the situation are the people living in North Korea under unimaginable conditions. An entire comedy movie was made about Kim Jong Un, but not 1% of the profits went to actual, living refugees. News reports sensationalize military action by North Korea, but the refugees are given little media attention.
Giving to TNKR helps to fund future activities that raise awareness, tutor refugees, and gives a chance for a brighter future to those brave enough to leave North Korea.
Korean currency to US dollar
₩1,000 = $0.89
Thank you for your support,
This page will announce Matching Donation Opportunities for TNKR. To convert to US $, click the drop-down menu at the top to change from Korean Won to US dollars.
So far this fundraiser has generated two successful Matching Gift opportunities for TNKR. We now have two opportunities that will be wrapped into one!
When: Launching July 1 (but donations raised now can also be added to the total retroactively)!
What: The law firm of Shin and Kim has offered a 2 million won donation ($1,767) to TNKR to help us with the speech contest.
PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED MATCHING DONATION OPPORTUNITIES
When: Announced on May 26, completed on June 10.
Deadline: June 15
What: Two anonymous donors have offered donations that can be matched totaling almost 4 million won (about $3,500). That means that every donation really matters because it helps us chip away at that 4 million won total!
* Opportunity 1
When: Announced on May 2, completed on May 6.
What: TNKR co-founder Casey Lartigue matched the first 1 million won (about $900).
Half of these Matching donation opportunities will be used to help TNKR with its international expansion and the other half will be used for TNKR's operations. As of June 1, TNKR has no paid staff, that means that all donations will support operations.
You can also donate through the TNKR bank account:
email CJL@post.harvard.edu to confirm your donation is credited to this matching opportunity.
TNKR began as a humble gathering in March 2013 when we matched a handful of North Korean refugees with volunteer tutors in Seoul. Since then, more than 280 refugees have studied with more than 580 volunteer tutors and coaches.
English is important to helping refugees access opportunities in South Korea. According to one study, 32 percent of refugees drop out of school because of problems with English (that's even higher than 28 percent who dropped out to earn money). Of refugees who said they considered dropping out, another 33 percent cited English as a reason. English is needed for employment tests in South Korea, so many refugees get eliminated almost immediately.
After our recent trip to the UK, we learned that refugees there are also struggling with English. We hope that we can provide support for refugees there.