About This Fundraiser
More than 1,000 North Korean refugees arrive in South Korea each year. Many have survived horrific experiences in North Korea and in China as they made their way to safety in South Korea. But after arriving in South Korea, the struggle is not over. North Korean refugees usually lack the basic education necessary to find good employment. Teach North Korean Refugees is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing North Korean refugees with training, especially in English. The ability to speak English opens up new career options and provides North Korean refugees with a voice of their own to share their stories. Please give to help TNKR continue to provide education for North Korean refugees!
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.