About This Fundraiser
This fundraiser is to benefit matching funds for my favorite organization, TNKR. For nearly three years I have been watching the organization grow.
I am a proud representative of this passionate, caring, group of dedicated all-volunteers that teach North Korean refugees English in Seoul, Korea.
Casey Lartigue Jr. and Eunkoo Lee are the co-founders of TNKR that came into existance in 2013.
The funds being donated are tax-deductible. The NK refugees who have escaped from NK at great risk to themselves, are anxious to learn English. It is absolutely necessary for the refugees to learn English in order to succeed in South Korean society.
Please consider your donation to be one for a great humanitarian cause.
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.