About This Fundraiser
Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) is an organization I've been hoping to become involved with for a while, and in 2019 I'll finally have the opportunity to do so.
When North Korean refugees arrive in South Korea, they frequently find that their lack of English ability poses a barrier to receiving an education or entering the workforce. TNKR addresses this need by matching volunteer tutors with North Korean refugee English learners.
I've been personally impressed with TNKR's organization and professionalism as a small non-profit organization. Please consider making a donation in any amount, particularly as all donations this year will be doubled; read more about the matching donation drive below. Thanks.
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.