About This Fundraiser
Hello, I'm fundraising for a great organization called Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) who teach North Korean refugees English and help them adapt to life outside North Korea. While there is always debate about accepting refugees and the political consequences, we should also look at how refugees can contribute to society and what tools they need to do so. We all are obligated to empower refugees and help them find their voice in any language.
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.