Giving North Korean Refugees a Voice

Fundraiser by Sarah

This fundraiser supports General Fund

$615.37 remaining
$280 raised
32% of $896 goal

About This Fundraiser

Since moving to Korea, it has been hard to ignore the atrocities that are occurring in the North. Giving refuge and and services to those who risked their lives becoming North Korean defectors is the least we can do. When I found TNKR (Teach North Korean Refugees) I knew this was how I could help. TNKR allows refugees to have a voice and opportunity by giving them the space and resources to learn English. Many of their refugees have gone on to become successful speakers, authors, and find successful employment. Help me reach my goal of 1,000,000 won (1,000 dollars) in support of this organization by donating today! #lovetnkr

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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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