About This Fundraiser
My name is Ardit Marku. I am an English teacher currently living and teaching in South Korea. I was born in Albania and when I was younger my grandparents took in a Kosovan refugee family for two years. I bonded with them and their children but it wasn't until much later that I understood how much they had struggled and how much the help my grandparents offered them made a difference in their lives.
After college, I worked for the NYPL adult learning center which offers free ESL learning classes to all New Yorkers that want it. During my time there, I taught many students that were refugees and got to learn about their stories. I genuinely believe that if you put in some time and effort, you can in your own way make the world a better place.
For that reason, I have decided to volunteer with TNKR, an organization that offers free classes and tutoring to North Korean Refugees. Your donation will help TNKR reach as many students as possible. Thanks in advance for your contribution!
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.