About This Fundraiser
Teach North Korean Refugees will be holding its 7th English speech contest on February 24, 2018 from 2 pm at the Kim and Shin law firm near Myeongdong station (line 4).
7 North Korean refugees have been selected to give speeches in English.
Each speaker will have up to 10 minutes, addressing the theme, "My 'Little Big' Heroes." Refugees applied for the contest by submitting short videos explaining their speeches. They are planning to discuss their 'little big heroes' they knew in North Korea, or met while they were escaping through or living in China, or special people they have met as they settled down in South Korea or other countries.
The speeches are moving and promise to open your eyes up to the struggles, experiences and challenges facing North Korean refugees. You will see even small support from people from around the world can encourage them as they make their way in the world outside of North Korea.
To join this uplifting event, see the payment details below:
Payment option 1: Eventbrite
Volunteers, donors and fundraisers: $10, bring one friend for free.
General admission: $15
Payment option 2: Bank transfer
Volunteers, donors and fundraisers: 10,000 won, bring one friend for free.
General admission: 15,000 won
-Bank account: (Woori Bank) 1005-802-774890
-Name on account: 티엔케이알(TNKR)
Email CJL@alumni.harvard.edu to have your RSVP confirmed
Payment option 3: PayPal
Volunteers, donors and fundraisers: $12, bring one friend for free
General admission: $17 at Paypal https://www.paypal.me/loveTNKR
Support this contest by making a donation to our "Matching donation opportunity" project.
Previous speech contest winners:
Contest 1, February 28, 2015: Sungju Lee, author of the memoir, "Every Falling Star."
Contest 2, August 22, 2015: Sehyek Oh, North Korean refugee activist
Contest 3, February 27, 2016: Eunsun Kim, author of "A Thousand Miles to Freedom."
Contest 4, August 20, 2016: Chulman Choi, entrepreneur
Contest 5, February 25, 2017: Cherie Yang, TV personality
Contest 6, August 26, 2017: Youngmi Park, college student
Contest 7, February 24, 2018: ?
Step by step directions:
(Myeongdong exit 4, walk straight about two minutes, State Tower (Namsan) will be on your left.
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.