About This Fundraiser
Today I heard a North Korean author speaking about her experiences growing up in NK with very little to eat, and with nothing to hope for. Things were so desperate that one day when she was only 11 years old, she wrote out her will, as she was sure that she was about to die. Her mother found that note, and after she read it, her mother said to her daughter "Let's die together."
As a mother, I cannot imagine even thinking that thought, let alone being in such an utterly hopeless situation that I would suggest death as a solution to my own daughter. When I heard this, the tears just came, a Mother should never have to say these words to their child.
In honour of Mother's Day, I am asking for your support to help TNKR, an organization that I have volunteered for over 1 1/2 years. TNKR has helped over 250 refugees improve their English and public speaking skills through 1-on-1 lessons with volunteer tutors. I am one of their tutors. In addition, TNKR established the Teach North Korean Refugee Global Education Center in order to connect refugees with services geared towards aiding their transition to life outside of North Korea.
This is a quality organization and nobody takes a salary. TNKR volunteers keep education programs free for refugees by organizing fundraisers, hosting refugee-speaking contests and events, and participating in humanitarian conferences.
Please join me today in honouring Mothers everywhere by making a donation to this wonderful organization so that they can keep up their unique and important work!
About Matching Donation Alert
This page will announce Matching Donation Opportunities for TNKR. To convert to US $, click the drop-down menu at the top to change from Korean Won to US dollars.
So far this fundraiser has generated two successful Matching Gift opportunities for TNKR. We now have two opportunities that will be wrapped into one!
When: Launching July 1 (but donations raised now can also be added to the total retroactively)!
What: The law firm of Shin and Kim has offered a 2 million won donation ($1,767) to TNKR to help us with the speech contest.
PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED MATCHING DONATION OPPORTUNITIES
When: Announced on May 26, completed on June 10.
Deadline: June 15
What: Two anonymous donors have offered donations that can be matched totaling almost 4 million won (about $3,500). That means that every donation really matters because it helps us chip away at that 4 million won total!
* Opportunity 1
When: Announced on May 2, completed on May 6.
What: TNKR co-founder Casey Lartigue matched the first 1 million won (about $900).
Half of these Matching donation opportunities will be used to help TNKR with its international expansion and the other half will be used for TNKR's operations. As of June 1, TNKR has no paid staff, that means that all donations will support operations.
You can also donate through the TNKR bank account:
email CJL@post.harvard.edu to confirm your donation is credited to this matching opportunity.
TNKR began as a humble gathering in March 2013 when we matched a handful of North Korean refugees with volunteer tutors in Seoul. Since then, more than 280 refugees have studied with more than 580 volunteer tutors and coaches.
English is important to helping refugees access opportunities in South Korea. According to one study, 32 percent of refugees drop out of school because of problems with English (that's even higher than 28 percent who dropped out to earn money). Of refugees who said they considered dropping out, another 33 percent cited English as a reason. English is needed for employment tests in South Korea, so many refugees get eliminated almost immediately.
After our recent trip to the UK, we learned that refugees there are also struggling with English. We hope that we can provide support for refugees there.