French for Friends

Fundraiser by Sarah Elizabeth

This fundraiser supports English tutoring for NK refugee mothers

$395.33 remaining
$30 raised
8% of $426 goal

About This Fundraiser

Hey, there! Thanks for looking at my fundraiser. The goal here is simple: raise ₩500,000 (about $416 USD) as quickly as possible. Better yet, let’s put a deadline on it: November 1st, 2019.

What do you get out of it?
Well, besides donating to an amazing organization that helps North Korean refugees, particularly North Korean mothers, learn English and better their lives, I have a special treat.

If I reach my goal, I will upload a funny vlog style video of me speaking entirely in French to my non-French speaking Korean partner on a date here in Seoul, South Korea. Ordering at cafes or restaurants...all interactions most be done in French on my part. For the record, I am an American. Prepare to see some faux pas and like you’ve never seen before. Fear not! —There will be English subtitles, my anglophone friends. On y va!!

❤️Merci d’avance~~ ^^

Founded in 2013, TNKR (Teach North Korean Refugees) is an organization that seeks to help North Korean refugees have better opportunities through one on one English-only education. From July, I will volunteer to teach English to two refugees, but your donation today will help cover the study center fees, as well as any other cost that it takes to keep the TNKR organization alive and running.

You can be the key to help them make the first step towards a better life. Thank you! ^^

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About English tutoring for NK refugee mothers

According to South Korea's Ministry of Unification, more than 31,000 North Korean refugees have escaped to South Korea since the late 1990s. Overall, 71 percent of them are females, and the trend is even higher. In 2017, about 83 percent of them who arrived in South Korea are females. As has been reported by various reporters and organizations, many of them were victims of sex trafficking or sold as wives in China as they were escaping to freedom.

In addition to the challenges they have as immigrants to a new country and as women settling in a new male-dominated society, those who are mothers have children they brought from North Korea or China, or had after arriving in South Korea. Like mothers everywhere, they focus on their children, making them the priority rather than developing themselves.

For a few years now, TNKR has been considering ways to help North Korean refugee mothers who would sometimes drop out of our program because of childcare issues.

We recently received a grant for our proposal to set up a project offering Skype tutoring for North Korean refugee mothers who cannot easily commute for face-to-face tutoring in English. The grant is good for three months, we would like to raise more funding for this project to keep it going in the future and to also provide some support for TNKR to administer this project (all of the grant money is going directly to the program, meaning the program cannot continue beyond the current three-month allocation).

If we can keep this project going, we would like to expand it so that the project can also support occasional face-to-face tutoring sessions by tutors who can visit refugees near their homes. We have other additions in mind that could continue providing support for North Korean refugee mothers adjusting to living in South Korea while also raising their children.

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