About This Fundraiser
"Our mission, as always, is to empower North Korean refugees to find their own voice and path through education, advocacy, and support."
I started volunteering with TNKR this year and feel privileged to be part of such an invaluable and professional organization. I am empowered by the stories of the refugees I teach. They have overcome seemingly insurmountable hardships to find freedom and to make their voices heard. The world needs to hear their unique experiences and profound perspectives. TNKR is not only providing them an opportunity to build a meaningful life outside of North Korea, but to reach an audience that is largely in the dark about what is happening in this part of the world. It is an incredibly worthy cause and one that deserves your financial support.
"The government was keeping me from my family because I knew their secrets. I could not stay in a country that would not let me be with my family. I could not follow a leader who lied to his people. The country brought my family together but the government tore us apart." --Cherie Yang, winner of 5th Speech Contest 2017 (my student!) :)
Please take the 5 minutes to donate even just $5.00 to assist these incredible people in their transition to life outside of North Korea. You can trust that TNKR will put it to good use and that you will be helping to make the world a better place. Thank you!
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!