About This Fundraiser
Believe it or not, but one of the greatest struggles North Korean refugees face while assimilating to South Korean society is English! In South Korea, one's English ability is a critical indicator of the type of school they enter, who will hire them for work, and whether or not they will receive a promotion. With your help, we can help them to acquire this one skill to help them leap forward in life.
So for my birthday, I invite you to help support Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) in helping North Korean Refugees. TNKR is a non-profit organization that provides North Korean refugees with one of the most important skills for survival in our globalized society - English! It is one of the few organizations (maybe the only one!) in South Korea that is 100% refugee-centered. And by keeping it refugee-centered, we can truly focus on their needs first. Therefore, with your support, we can provide free English tutoring, coaching, and mentoring opportunities for North Korean refugees.
In lieu of birthday cards and gifts, please consider contributing to my fundraiser for TNKR. Any amount is welcome!
To learn more about why I support TNKR, please check out the following resources:
* TNKR Homepage: http://www.lovetnkr.org
* Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbsA9pQxppKpv9W38S9pWrg
* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TNKR.org/
* Instagram: @teachnkrefugees
* TV - Channel A's "Eye Contact" ft. Casey and NK student: https://tv.naver.com/v/11594569?fbclid=IwAR1z1GBxyT6balo7KsPkMPn2MbZbya1k0XGIyy_w1mK7oelQU7kh2dAoamk
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.