About This Fundraiser
They have outstanding stories to tell the world and TNKR (teaching North Korean refugees) gives them the tools to do so.
North Koreans that miraculously escaped the clutches of the Hermit Kingdom often times have to traverse through China to begin their new lives in South Korea. When they begin integrating into society they want to thrive not merely survive. This is where the volunteers step in. We not only provide English lessons, but coaching, mentoring, and encouragement that allows them to share their experiences or simply begin again.
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.