About This Fundraiser
Many brave souls have fled and managed to escape the oppressive regime of North Korea to settle in South Korea. Once they get to the south, they face many challenges as they attempt to adapt to so many new foreign things, despite still being in Korea. One thing they struggle the most with is all of the English that they encounter in the day to day vernacular. TNKR helps those refugees adjust to their new life by teaching them invaluable English skills. Give back with your new year and help these North Koreans with their new life.
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.