About This Fundraiser
North Korean refugees have braved incredible dangers to find their way to freedom.
Once in South Korea, many struggle with integrating, especially learning the large amount of English necessary to succeed in modern life. Starting from the bottom, many shy away from the financial burden of English lessons they need build a new career and support families.
Help provide a free, safe study space for refugees to meet with me and other volunteer English tutors. Help innocent people who have been through unimaginable pain to build new lives.
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.