About This Fundraiser
Hi, I'm Yooji Oh! I’m currently raising funds for TNKR’s English education program for North Korean refugees in South Korea. TNKR(Teach North Korean Refugees) is a nonprofit organization that aims to assist North Korean refugees in preparing for their future and transitioning to life outside of North Korea by providing them with free English learning opportunities.
[Why is English education important to resettled North Koreans?]
The North Korean people escape their country in search of freedom and a better life. After long, dangerous journey through China and South East Asia, most of those who successfully make their way out of North Korea resettle in South Korea. Even though North and South Koreans share the same ethnic background, history, and language, North Korean refugees face many challenges as they adjust to South Korean society.
English is one of the challenging aspects of resettlement process for North Korean refugees. Not many North Koreans have studied English back home, whereas English language skills are crucial for academic and professional success in South Korea. Not to mention that it is very common in South Korea to use English loan-words in daily life. It can be difficult and frustrating for many North Koreans who are not familiar with English language. But, with your support, more North Koreans will have access to English education and overcome the challenges they face in the resettlement process.
Please help me support passionate English learners from North Korea and TNKR’s education program! Any amount of donation would help a lot:)
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!