About This Fundraiser
Teach North Korean Refugees (탈북민 영어교육 프로그램) 은 영어에 어려움을 겪고있는 북한분들에게 많은 도움을주고 있으며, 꿈과 희망을 실어주고 있습니다. 탈북민들은 한국에서 영어라는 큰 장벽으로 인해 대학교, 직장등에서 어려움을 겪고 그로인해 학업까지도 종종 포기하는 경우가 있습니다. 그러나 그들은 탈북민 일대일 영어교육 프로그램을 통하여 영어에 대한 공포증을 해소하고 자신감도 많이 되찾고 있습니다.
탈북민들이 마음껏 배우고 새로운 환경에 잘 적응 할 수 있도록 여러분들의 도움이 필요합니다.
여러분의 작은 섬김이 통일로 가는 지름길이라고 생각합니다! 통일은 멀리에 있지않으며 바로 당신 곁에 있습니다^^
Teach North Korean Refugees (English education program for North Korean refugees) provides help to those who have trouble with English, and also supports them with dream and hope. North Korean refugees often find English as a large barrier that makes their college studies and job environment difficult, and in some cases they even stop their pursuit of education. Fortunately, TNKR is helping them learn English in 1 on 1 education programs that reduce their fear for English and in turn boost their confidence.
We need your support to enable North Korean refugees to learn as much as they can and adapt better to the new environment.
We believe that each one of your support will lead to reunification of our lands. Reunification is not too far away; it is right around the corner.^^
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.