About This Fundraiser
Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) is a non-profit organization that provides free English language lessons to North Korean refugees through volunteer tutors in Seoul, South Korea. Many of the people who escape North Korea have never had the chance to learn English. When they resettle into their new home, they quickly realize they need English to live and work in this ever globalizing society.
English academies in Seoul are insanely expensive (I would know) and most refugees cannot afford the education expenses for English on top of other new expenses. This fundraiser is to help North Korean refugees in their journey to communicate in English, so they can not only survive in Seoul, but share who they are with the world.
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.