About This Fundraiser
For my 31st 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 mainly on private donations to run its education center and events. However, reality continues to haunt us! We currently have a long waitlist of refugees urgently waiting to enter our program, and we need more funding to accommodate their needs! Until we reach 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 31st birthday, please help support TNKR to expand opportunities for North Korean refugees to move forward in their lives.
Here are some more resources to help you understand why I support TNKR:
Voice of America Interview (featuring yours truly!): http://teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org/2019/01/2019-01-06-voice-of-america-americans-helping-nk-refugees-find-their-voices/
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
Originally named "English Matching," Teach North Korean Refugees has helped almost 400 North Korean refugees with adjusting to living outside of South Korea. We have done this on a tight budget, relying on our volunteers and fans. Despite our limitations, we have had a number of success stories and are a non-profit that North Korean refugees seek out.
We now have a fan who has offered us the most ambitious matching donation challenge. He says that in 2019, he will raise more money than I have for TNKR. Please accept this challenge along with me! He is in the finance industry, and confident he can twist enough arms to help us become more financially stable.
To be clear: your donations to this fundraising page will be matched. Doubled. If you give $100, it will become $200. If you give $500, it will become $1,000. If you give $5 a month, it will become $10 a month.
These donations are tax-deductible in the USA and South Korea.
If you have trouble donating via this website then contact me directly for other options. TNKR@teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org or CJL@alumni.harvard.edu