About This Fundraiser
Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) is a nonprofit organization in Seoul that provides high-quality English education to North Korean Refugees. I'm involved in TNKR's Track 1 tutoring program. Our goal is to help North Korean refugees achieve their goals to learn English to be successful in South Korean society. This program empowers refugees, providing everyone with an opportunity to achieve a bright future. This fundraiser is dedicated to helping TNKR continue to provide FREE services for North Korean refugees. For every 20,000 won (or about $19) raised, I will mail you a Korean snack box with some of my favorite snacks, along with a handwritten postcard thanking you for your donation. Please help us help them!
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.