About This Fundraiser
1 GBP = 1,500 KRW (roughly) so 100,000 KRW is about £67.50.
A £5 donation is roughly 7,500 W (KRW).
I have recently become a tutor to help this organisation achieve its continuous goal of free English tutoring for North Korean refugees. Having been matched with my students, I was able to see how much this really means to them to have this opportunity. It is only able to happen from donations from generous people such as yourselves.
There is a gap between the North Korean and the South Korean dialect which is bridged by the English language (otherwise known as 'Konglish'). It is important for North Korean refugees to be able to speak English in order to go to university, share their story, become tour guides, travel outside of Korea and endless other reasons.
By supporting this cause you will be helping to maintain this wonderful organisation and allow them to continue to help those who need it. It is a very small non-profit group run by motivated and humble individuals who have devoted their lives to the cause. Your money will be used to help pay for study spaces in Seoul for the students to be able to meet with tutors, such as myself, in order for them to have a brighter future.
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
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.