About This Fundraiser
It is a long path for the defectors to fully assimilate into the modern society and it is often disheartening to see how the defectors' vulnerability gets exploited. I believe that with organisations focused on such matter and with the spread of its practices, the society will become more informed about the issue and hopefully apply harder pressure on the countries that fail to protect the refugees' basic human rights. By donating to this fundraiser, you fund TNKR directly, allowing it to continue to support and teach English to North Korean defectors, who usually have a very few options of settling down, finding a job and living a normal life.
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.