About This Fundraiser
This is a repeating event in Ilsan meant to build the community together, specifically the foreigner community. My friend Sarah Taylor and I (Chaz McBride) are organizing this upcoming scavenger hunt on October 20, 2018, picking up where others have left off. We are using this opportunity to raise awareness in the community about and money for TNKR while trying to introduce new members and build relationships within our own community!
Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) is an amazing organization filled with people that really care and give a lot of their time and energy into helping. And who are they helping? They are helping North Korean refugees who have left families and lives back in North Korea to escape a dangerous dictatorship in hopes of a better life. TNKR hopes to help these refugees build better lives by offering 1:1 English lessons to them free of charge. The refugees can do a number of things with these English skills, from continuing their education to universities or post-graduate degrees, expanded job opportunities, study or work abroad opportunities, the ability to advocate against the North Korean regime to an international audience, and many more opportunities.
I have been involved with TNKR in the past, and I know that it is a serious and professional organization that puts every penny to good use. The organization does more than just teach English to refugees, they have speech contests with large awards for the top speeches (in English), they actively advocate against the North Korean regime, and they have plans to expand their operations to more programs for refugees, including scholarships and assistance studying abroad.
For those of you from Ilsan: The Ilsan scavenger hunt has a 10,000₩ (around 10$) entrance fee, and your fee is going directly to TNKR, so thank you for participating (and reading this)! I hope you can get involved with the organization and / or donate more to the cause! Feel free to talk to me or message me about it anytime, or check the website yourself. http://teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org/
For those of you that are not involved in the scavenger hunt and are reading, thank you also for reading! I hope you see this as the great cause it is, and can also see into your pocketbooks and help the cause out!
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.