About This Fundraiser
It’s Abigail’s birthday on June 13th - and what better way to celebrate than with a fundraiser for TNKR?!
“I volunteered with TNKR in South Korea, 2016. At that time, TNKR didn’t have an office - so it’s fantastic to see that all of directors Casey & EunKoo’s hard work has paid off!
I want to fundraise for TNKR because I’ve seen them build their services from the ground up and most importantly, I’ve seen their services work. I know how much love and effort they put into this, and I know TNKR survives off small fundraisers like this. I really have a lot to thank TNKR for. They provided me with so much insight into non-profit work, and my first experience working with refugees, which has undoubtedly widened my prospective on international affairs and allowed me to better understand the unpredictable positions refugees can find themselves in.
When the refugees enter the TNKR space, there’s one thing you can see on all their faces: determination to learn and improve their lives.
There are so many fantastic projects they have running at the moment that are open to funding, but this a general fund because they’re all such great causes I can’t decide, and I would like the directors of the charity to be able to prioritise where they need to.
Here’s what your money can do:
1. Help them pay rent on their office they worked for years to get. (When I was with TNKR, they would cram their guests into small meeting rooms to make do. This is a huge achievement for them and makes a big difference in the stability of their services).
2. Help fund my friend Hwang In-Cheol’s project to find out the truth about his father.
3. Support mothers. They have a new project specifically aimed to help busy refugee mothers, which you can read about on their site.
4. Help provide educational materials for their students, such as notebooks, pencils, pens, etc.
5. Buy the two directors, who are always rushed off their feet and barely pay themselves, a well-deserved coffee!
You can read more in detail about the different projects they have running on their website.
If you’re here to donate - thank you - and in return, here’s a book list of some fantastic reads to learn more about the lives of North Korean refugees:
- Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
- Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
- In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
- The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeon Seo Lee
- Dear Leader by Jang Jin-sung
No donation is too small. I’ve aimed to raise ₩300,000(South Korean Won) which is approx. £200/$250. So we’d just need 20 donations of £10 from the UK, or 25 donations of $10 in the US - even £1 or $5 would help!
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.