About This Fundraiser
On the 5th of November i will be running the JoongAng Seoul marathon and would like to use it as a opportunity to raise money for Teach North Korean Refugees. This charity provides free English lessons to refugees from North Korea who current live in Seoul.
To date over 300 refugees have benefited from their work, some of who now live in the UK. These English lessons are very important for many of the refugees who have left North Korea as it allows them to develop their English skills, something that is vital nowadays when searching for jobs or applying for university here in Seoul due to the high level of education South Koreans have.
If you would like to read more about the charity then this is the website. http://teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org/
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.