About This Fundraiser
I grew up celebrating Thanksgiving, still enjoy parts of the holiday, and pause during this time to count the blessings in my life--family, friends, food, and freedom. As a volunteer for TNKR, I've come to realize that family, friends, food, and freedom are not staples for everyone. At TNKR, we help North Korean refugees who are preparing for their futures, transitioning to life in a new country, and discovering freedom. Some students are even speaking out about what freedom means; I am so thankful to be working with them. The best way I can show my thankfulness is though my words and deeds--please join me in celebrating Thanksgiving (and avoiding "Black Friday") this year with a contribution to TNKR (even small donations mean a lot)!
TNKR, a volunteer-based nonprofit NGO, supports North Korean refugees who are transitioning to life outside of North Korea and preparing for their future by providing them with free English language learning opportunities. Nearly one-third of North Korean refugees who drop out of college do so because of English difficulties. Similarly, more than 40% of North Korean refugees picked communication problems from the use of foreign languages as the biggest difficulty in assimilation. English has had a major impact on refugees’ lives and career prospects.
TNKR helps refugees during the assimilation process and enables refugees to achieve their educational and professional goals, while also spreading awareness and working toward solutions regarding the plight of North Korean refugees. Refugees’ voices are the heart and soul of TNKR. Please consider becoming a monthly donor to help TNKR continue to offer learning opportunities for refugees and ensure that refugees' voices are heard.
**TNKR in USA Today: North Korean defectors must overcome big challenge once free: Learn English https://usat.ly/2CxyrJQ
**Watch TNKR Special Ambassador Cherie Yang's TEDx Talk, "My Arduous Journey for Freedom, Family, and the Future." I was honored to serve as one of her coaches. https://youtu.be/grNEeGe6i5o
**Watch Casey Lartigue Jr. and Eunkoo Lee's TEDx Talk about how we can make a difference in the world. Their speech is inspiring for everyone AND it tells the story of TNKR. I helped coach them and produced the final video; they were the brave ones who created TNKR and gave the talk! https://youtu.be/yFaXvG-rSmQ