About This Fundraiser
As many of you would know, I am studying abroad this semester (March to end June) at Yonsei University, South Korea. I truly feel that it is a great privilege to have this opportunity to freely pursue my interests and learn more about the world outside of my home country, Singapore. As a result, one of the things that I was determined to do during my time abroad was to contribute in some way or another to the local community.
I heard about this organization, Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR), from a friend back in January and was very keen on exploring this avenue for local service! So starting end of March, I will be teaching North Korean refugees to read and write in English. It has been incredibly amazing to read refugees' testimonials and see how much TNKR has impacted their lives. However, this organization runs purely on fundraisers and donations, so every cent counts in helping it reach out to more refugees.
Please help to support this cause by donating to my fundraiser!
Do not hesitate to message and ask me about my experience - or anything at all - if you want to know more. Thank you so much for reading up to here, and have a lovely day ahead. :)
P.S. ₩1,000 Korean won is SGD$1.20!
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.