About This Fundraiser
Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of North Korean refugees by offering them free English education. I started tutoring with TNKR in March 2016 as a track 1 tutor. I worked with several refugees and helped them improve their basic English skills. Now I am joining TNKR again with a different purpose. I will be volunteering as a track 2 speech coach preparing North Koreans to tell their stories.
Since I have started volunteering with TNKR I have seen them evolve greatly and hope that they will be able to continue their mission. As a non-profit, they need your help to keep up their good work. Please consider donating to TNKR. Any amount helps.
If you donate at least $10 USD (10,000 KRW), send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address. I will send you a “thank-you” postcard from Korea! After the first 10 people donate, I will choose one lucky winner to receive a copy of Yeonmi Park’s book, “In order to Live.” Make a donation to improve the lives of North Korean Refugees today!
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.