About This Fundraiser
This will be my first time participating in a marathon. I will be running in the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Marathon 5K on April 7, 2018, representing TNKR (Teach North Korean Refugees). Recently, I have started tutoring with this nonprofit organization. It has helped over 300 refugees since its establishment by not only helping refugees adjust to life in South Korea but creating educational opportunities for them where they can become leaders and contributors to society. Please support me in an effort to raise 106,000 KRW ($100 USD). Every dollar will go towards TNKR to help refugees, and I will match every donation with my own!
Thank you in advance for your support! Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this fundraiser.
Photo credit: Korea Tourism Organization
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.