Give North Korean refugees a voice (Caoimhe)

Fundraiser by Caoimhe

This fundraiser supports General Fund

$155.79 remaining
$677 raised
81% of $833 goal

About This Fundraiser

TNKR (Teach North Korean Refugees) is a nonprofit organisation that helps North Korean refugees transition to life outside of North Korea by giving them free English lessons. Through TNKR, I have been given the opportunity to tutor some of these students in Seoul, South Korea.

Being able to speak English not only gives the students the opportunity to go to college and get a job; it also gives them the ability to speak out on a global platform. TNKR matches students with tutors for regular one-on-one English lessons and the best part is students are given the freedom to choose their teachers based on their preferences. This is almost unheard of and is just one of the things that really stood out to me about this organisation!

Unfortunately, TNKR can't carry out this great work without donations- everyone involved, from the teachers to the directors, work on a completely voluntary basis. I would be hugely grateful if you could spare any small amount so that we can continue to give these students the basic opportunities they deserve and the chance to make their voice heard.

If you would like any more information about TNKR or about my role in teaching the students, please feel free to email me at
Thank you so much in advance for your kindness :)

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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.

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