About This Fundraiser
TNKR is a non-profit organization co-founded by Harvard Graduate School of Education alumnus Casey Lartigue in Seoul, South Korea, that provides free classes for North Korean refugees to come and learn to read, write, and speak in English, so that they too can succeed in life and share their voices and stories. In addition to free tutoring, they also receive free mentorship and guidance as they seek employment and higher education. As a fellow member of the Harvard community and strong supporter of accessible education and human rights for all, this organization means a lot to me, as they are doing great work to help these individuals who have already endured so much to get to where they are now. So please help TNKR's volunteer staff and teachers like me help North Korean refugees help themselves. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated! Please help us make a difference.
Welcome to the University of Alabama Executive MBA fundraiser for Teaching North Korean Refugees (TNKR)! We’d like to thank you for visiting and tell you a little bit about why we are here.
During our international immersion we were introduced to two young ladies that escaped from North Korea. Listening to their stories was a very powerful and moving experience for all of us. On the lighthearted side we were told tales of them watching American movies in secret (Home Alone and Charlie’s Angels). They also told us, as you might expect, about the hardships they faced in North Korea and what it was like growing up in a country where their education system lied to them daily.
However, what really surprised us was when they told us about the difficulties and the traumas they have encountered after they escaped. While getting out of North Korea was good, we were unable to imagine the difficulties they experienced after… We don’t want to go into their personal details, but it involved indentured servitude, physical and emotional trauma. No eyes were left dry.
Thankfully, these ladies and many others have since connected with TNKR. In a very short amount of time, TNKR taught them English as well as many other life skills needed to survive in the free world. TNKR works and gives tirelessly so the refugees can make new lives with their freedom; a freedom that many of us were blessed with at birth.
Please open your hearts and your wallets to support TNKR as they continue helping North Korean refugees!
We also have an exciting announcement! All funds that are donated will be matched by a private donor!