About This Fundraiser
한국에는 지금 3만명이 넘는 북한이탈주민이 살고 있습니다. 남북한 모두 분명히 같은 민족이고 같은 언어를 사용해 왔음에도 불구하고 이들이 한국에서 가장 어려워 하는 문제가 영어라는 사실을 아시고 계시는지요? 사방 천지 영어 간판과 뜻을 알수 없는 영어식 표현으로 이들은 학교와 직장과 동네에서 어렵게 살고 있습니다. "컴퓨터 클리닝"이라고 쓴 세탁소에 컴퓨터를 들고 같다는 웃지 못한 일들도 잇다고 하네요
그래서 TNKR 이 나섰습니다. 미국인 케이시 라티크씨와 한국인 이은구씨가 공동설립자로 잇는 TNKR은 새터민들의 무료 영어 일대일 매칭을 제공하는 한편 영어 스피치 프로그램을 제공하여 그들의 자신감 향상과 북한인권 실상과 북한 이탈주민들의 삶을 널리 알리는데 큰 기여를 하고 있습니다.
미래 한반도의 통일의 디딤돌을 마련하고 있는 TNKR은 여러분의 소중한 지지와 성원을 기다리고 있습니다.
TNKR 홍보대사 KEN EOM
Hello everyone. This is Ken EOM TNKR Special ambassador.
There are 30,000 North Korean Refugees in South Korea. Even though South and North Korean use same language, Korea, there are many communication problems between South Koreans and North Korean defectors. Just because of English and Konglish. One defector brought a computer the laundromat to fix a computer because that laundromat signed "COMPUTER CLEANING". HAHAHA
It is really challenge to learn English for those Refugees because all universities, high schools, companies could use many English words.
So TNKR now, provides free teaching English program for them and also give a opportunity them to give a English public speech which is about North Korean human rights to help realized awareness of North Korea. Those program gives to grow self confident and help to adopt South Korean society. TNKR is a little big hero.
Tnkr is waiting your supports, your participation and your precious dedications.
Please make a donation. Thank you so much.
TNKR 홍보대사 KEN EOM
Hello everyone. This is a TNKR special ambassador, Ken Eom. I am also from North Korea.
TNKR is teaching English freely to North Korean Refugees who live in South Korea.
There are 260 North Korean refugees have improved their English and 590 tutors have being teaching for those people through TNKR.
However, we don’t have any financial sponsoring such as governmental or local governmental supports and the company sponsoring. Therefore, we even cover tighten office rental cost. Please get your involvement and make a donation.
“Involvement would make a better and lovely world”
If you are interested Teach North Korean Refugees, here are some links
Thank you. TNKR SPECIAL AMBASSADOR, KEN EOM
More than 30,000 North Korean refugees who successfully escaped from North Korea and China chose South Korea as their landing point. But much less attention has been focused on the more than 200 who have gone directly to the USA and the more than 600 who have gone to the UK.
Two non-profit organizations based in South Korea (TNKR) and the UK (Stepping Stones) are collaborating on several days of activities to raise awareness about the plight of refugees in the UK.
October 21, North Korean Refugee Freedom Forum (held at Resource for London)
October 23, Oxford University forum
October 24, University College London forum (pending final confirmation)
October 24, address at Parliament (pending final confirmation)
October 28, TEDx Talk by a refugee in TNKR
The two organizations (co-founded by 2 North Korean refugees, 1 South Korea, and 1 American( are both tiny non-profits. They have raised some money to cover costs for the trip and activites, but are short about $1,300. Your financial support will help cover costs for renting venues, travel to speak at events, accommodations.
The two organizations have already collaborated to connect several refugees in the UK with English tutors to help them with their struggles surviving in an English-speaking environment. As a result of this trip, we hope to raise awareness about North Korean refugees in the UK; find more tutors and coaches to assist refugees with adjustment, and find more ways to collaborate to help North Korean refugees.
Stepping Stones co-founders have both been students in TNKR.
Stepping Stones co-founder North Korean refugee Jihyun Park says: "One program that gave me hope was Teach North Korean Refugees in Seoul. I am proud to have been a student and now to be collaborating with it to bring more opportunities to refugees in the UK and around the world."
Stepping Stones co-founder Hyeongsoo Kim, currently a student in TNKR, says: "Thanks to TNKR, many North Korean refugees can speak out to tell their stories to the world and to raise awareness. I've seen so many friends who improved so much after studying in TNKR. Within the NK defector community, TNKR is the name that comes up when people talk about ways to learn English or tell your story."
Here's a Korea Times column by TNKR co-founder Casey Lartigue explaining how this project began.
Please help our effort to help NK refugees in the UK by making a donation. Other donation options including direct donations to the TNKR bank account, PayPal, 501(c)3 deductions, CMS and others are here.