About This Fundraiser
Hey friends! I'm starting as a volunteer with a group called Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) and am raising funds to support the group's operations. TNKR is a donation-based volunteer organization that pairs North Korean refugees in South Korea with English-speaking tutors to help them learn the language and provide speech coaching. The group and its volunteers are dedicated to helping refugees develop the skills they need to share their story with a global audience and to start successful careers as they transition into their lives outside North Korea.
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.