About This Fundraiser
TNKR helps match North Korean refugees with volunteer English-speaking tutors for private, personalized study sessions. To date, the program has taught over 250 North Korean refugees.
For those that manage to escape North Korea, incredible challenges remain. Leaving North Korea is punishable by death or torture. Escaping into neighboring China does not even guarantee immediate safety for refugees. Around two-thirds of refugees escaping are women, and over 70% of women refugees are estimated to be forced into human trafficking. These refugees are some most vulnerable people in the world, yet refugees are still being taken advantage of by human traffickers.
So much focus has been put on the regime and dictatorship of North Korea, but people often forget that the true victims of the situation are the people living in North Korea under unimaginable conditions. An entire comedy movie was made about Kim Jong Un, but not 1% of the profits went to actual, living refugees. News reports sensationalize military action by North Korea, but the refugees are given little media attention.
Giving to TNKR helps to fund future activities that raise awareness, tutor refugees, and gives a chance for a brighter future to those brave enough to leave North Korea.
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₩1,000 = $0.89
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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.