About This Fundraiser
Hi everyone! As some of you may know, I've been volunteering with TNKR since September 2015. So, what is TNKR? It's an initialism for "Teach North Korean Refugees" and is a small (but growing!) NGO based in Seoul.
In South Korea, knowledge of the English language is surprisingly necessary. The South Korean dialect has many English loanwords and many South Korean companies do business with English-speaking people and countries. In order to not only fully integrate into South Korean society but to also give them a better chance at getting a better job, traveling with ease, and even learning about western cultures, TNKR has provided FREE English language lessons to North Korean refugees via volunteer tutors (like myself). So far, 260 North Korean refugees have been helped and there's even been English speech contests. Several North Korean refugees have even gone on to write books!
So what I'm asking of you is, if you can, to please donate any amount (even a dollar) to TNKR so that they can continue to afford rent on their office in Seoul. Thank you!
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.