About This Fundraiser
Dear friends & allies,
Please consider donating to my fundraiser supporting Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) Global Education Center!
I joined TNKR in June 2016 to help out with a human rights campaign supporting Mr. Hwang In-cheol, whose father is among the 11 victims of aerial hijacking that was committed by North Korea in December 1969. I stayed on with TNKR because I wanted to continue helping Mr. Hwang, and because I have come to deeply respect TNKR's commitment to its North Korean refugee students (who are without a doubt some of the most beautiful souls I have ever met).
But TNKR needs help; it is a tiny start-up with a very small budget. To continue supporting our North Korean students and provide hope to people like Mr. Hwang, TNKR needs the generous help of people like you.
Any amount helps and will be deeply appreciated. Thanks in advance for your solidarity. :)
PS: Please also sign our Change.org petition urging the international community to help REPATRIATE Mr. Hwang's father:
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.