About This Fundraiser
For my 30th birthday, I invite you to help expand Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) in helping North Korean Refugees. TNKR is a non-profit and non-governmental organization that I have been actively involved with as a tutor and Academic Coordinator. We help North Korean refugees living in Seoul by providing free 1:1 individualized English tutoring and speech coaching. It is one of the few organizations (maybe the only one!) in South Korea that is completely refugee-centered!
One of the greatest struggles North Korean refugees face when adapting to their new society is the language barrier. They need English to enter university, to get a job, and to communicate with the rest of the world. And we, at TNKR, want to give them the opportunity to learn English in an environment where they can develop their voice, grow their confidence, and finally take control of their own lives.
TNKR has been relying purely on donations to run its education center and events. However, reality continues to haunt us! We currently have a wait list of 70 refugees eagerly waiting to enter our program, and we need more money to accommodate their needs! Until we find a more sustainable solution, I would like to ask for your help in the form of a small monetary contribution to help us continue offering these wonderful opportunities to North Korean refugees.
So for my 30th birthday, instead of presents and parties, I invite you to join me in helping grow TNKR. A minimum contribution of $30 or 31,000 won (because Korean age ...) will make a huge difference to TNKR and will make this girl the happiest birthday girl ever.
USA article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/30/north-korean-defectors-english-language/992510001/
Learn more about TNKR: www.loveTNKR.com
TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFaXvG-rSmQ
TNKR crowdfunding: http://give.lovetnkr.com/en/projects
TNKR bank account:
TNKR Bank account in Korea
(Woori Bank) 1005-802-774890
Name on account: 티엔케이알(TNKR)
Swift code: HVBKKRSEXX
Bank phone number: 02-3463-9596
Bank address: Taebongro 70, Seochogu, Seoul, South 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.