About This Fundraiser
Hi everyone, I am Gladys. As an exchange student studying at Seoul National University and NTU TFI-LEaRN Outbound Scholar supported by Temasek Foundation International (TFI), I wanted to enrich my time in Korea by volunteering in one of its communities.
I first learned about Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) after researching online for volunteering opportunities in Korea. TNKR is a non-profit organisation that respects the agency of refugees while believing in their ability to improve their lives. Since I have always been interested in social and human rights issues, what TNKR stands for really resonates with me. As such, I am happy to announce that I have officially joined TNKR as an English tutor to the North Korean refugees beginning this March, with the hope that I would be able to impact their lives in a practical way.
The TNKR program empowers North Korean refugees via three major initiatives: individualised English tutoring, one-to-one speech coaching and fundraising. It has helped over 300 refugees since its establishment by not only helping refugees adjust to life in South Korea but also creating educational opportunities for them where they can become leaders and contributors to society. Since TNKR runs purely on fundraisers and donations, every dollar is significant in helping it reach out to more refugees.
Please help to support this cause by donating to my fundraiser! Your contribution will make a difference.
I will also be supporting this cause via monthly donations. :)
Thank you so much for your patience in reading all of the above and do contact me personally if you have anything that you are curious about! (FYI, ₩1,000 KRW is approximately $1.20 SGD)
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.