About This Fundraiser
TNKR is a wonderful nonprofit that provides free English language education for North Korean refugees. I humbly ask that you consider donating. I have been a dedicated, passionate volunteer for TNKR, and know that all donations are used for real expenses such as paying rent for their education center and sending refugees to speak at events like TEDx. This is my birthday wish. As I have stated earlier, my track record is non-existent, so even a $5 donation would beat that record!
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.