About This Fundraiser
Why do North Korean Refugees Join TNKR?
We have learned a lot in our 1:1 interviews and feedback sessions with refugees. We have identified five main categories of refugees who join us so they can study English.”
The categories of refugees and/or reasons why they joined included:
1) College students and those applying for college.
2) Refugees with established careers who want to improve business, professional and international opportunities.
3) Employers in South Korea expect English language proficiency.
4) Self-improvement and gaining independence, for example to travel.
5) Gaining public speaking skills in order to raise awareness about human rights abuses, discuss their escapes, and inform others about refugee issues.
Refugee Student Feedback about TNKR
TNKR students are regularly asked to assess TNKR’s program via interviews and surveys with TNKR staff. The following themes are evident in refugees’ feedback and are often shared with audiences at TNKR informational events:
1) One-to-one class ratio is more productive than group classes in private institutions.
a. The learning goals of each individual refugee is the focus of each session.
b. Refugees feel comfortable asking questions in one-on-one situations.
2) Refugees want volunteers to use English only (no Korean language use by volunteers).
3) Refugees experience a process of struggle that leads to real achievement.
4) Refugees report that volunteers are dedicated, responsible, patient, and prepared.
5) Refugees indicate gaining confidence in their English language abilities.
6) Refugees report gaining new experiences because of improved language abilities:
a. Opportunities to study abroad.
b. Ability to travel abroad.
c. Increased capacity to talk with native English speakers.
d. Increased opportunities to speak publically about life experiences.
Additional TNKR refugee testimonials are available online: www.teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org/tnkr-refugee-testimonials/
- Soong-Koo Han
- Inae 이인애
September 5th!!! It is the birthday of TNKR Co-founder Casey Lartigue Jr!!
9월 5일은 TNKR의 공동대표, 케이시 대표님의 생일 입니다!!
Mr. Casey is an American now living and working in South Korea. Instead of working as a researcher or commentator in the USA, he has been working directly with North Korean refugees for 7 years. Even though he isn't Korean, he established TNKR in 2013 along with Eunkoo Lee. Behind-the-scenes, he counsels, mentors and sponsors North Korean refugees.
TNKR 케이시 대표님은 한국에서 거주하며 일하고 계시는 미국인 대표 입니다. 미국에서 충분한 월급을 받을 수 있는
연구자 혹은 애널리스트의 삶보다는 한국에서 탈북민들의 영어공부를 돕는 삶을 살고 있습니다. 그리고
2013년 이은구 대표님과 함께 TNKR을 세우는 등 7여년간 탈북민을 위해서 일하고 있습니다.
외국인임에도 불구하고, 탈북민들의 교육, 자유를 위해 끊임없는 열정을 가지고 있으며, 때로는 탈북민들의 상담자로, 멘토로 혹은 후원자로 함께하고 있습니다.
We asked Mr. Casey how we could celebrate his birthday this year.
We aren't surprised when he said: "A fundraiser for TNKR. All
gifts for me, except expensive cars, can be donated to
올해 케이시 대표님께 어떻게 생일을 축하하면 좋을지 여쭤봤습니다. 너무나 당연하다는듯이, 생일축하는 TNKR을 위한 후원모금으로 하자고 이야기하였습니다.
Together, let's make a great fundraiser for TNKR, to honor Mr.
Casey's great work. No contribution to this goal is too small,
and we appreciate any help in supporting TNKR to continue working
with North Korean Refugees.
케이시 대표님의 생일을 함께 축하하고자 하는 모든 분들은 TNKR의 모금활동에 참여해주세요! 모금된 후원금은 앞으로 TNKR 발전을 위해 쓰일 것 입니다.
Please watch these testimonials from TNKR volunteers, staffers,
fans, donors and, of course, North Korean refugee students
wishing Mr. Casey a Happy Birthday!
후원을 통해서 케이시 대표님의 생일을 축하해주세요!
이 영상에서는 TNKR스텝, 봉사자, 후원자, 그리고 학생들의 생일 축하 메세지를 볼 수 있습니다.
Happy Birthday to Casey Lartigue, co-founder of the Teach North
Korean Refugees Global Education Center!
Testimonials from: Yeonmi Park, Jang Jin-Sung, Ken Eom, Cherie Yang, Kang Nara, Eunhee Park, Sharon, Yuna Jung, Jade Kim, Chanyang, Hwang In-Cheol, John Schuldt, Youngmin Kwon, Georgene Zaydell, Injae Lee, Eben Appleton, Janice Kim, Park Eunjung and Lee Jungbin, Daniel, Han Minyoung, Joo Yeon, and TNKR staff.