About This Fundraiser
Hi there, I'm Lauren. I am en English teacher here in South Korea. I will be making and selling hummus in my local area to raise money for TKNR (Teach North Korean Refugees). This a fantastic organisation that helps North Korean Refugees integrate in to South Korean society by helping them reach their Engish goals and improving their career prospects. TNKR provides free one-to- one tutoring with enthusiastic and passionate English tutors. The great thing is that the refugees can choose as many tutors as they want.
The Humanitarian crisis in North Korea is a real problem and growing bigger every day. Approximately 70% of North Korean defectors are women. They endure a harrowing journey across the North Korean-Chinese border not knowing if they will be caught and sent back to Korea or in many cases become victims of human trafficking.
Once in South Korea, North Korean refugees face a whole new set of challenges. Their main goal is to integrate back in to society but nothing is familiar here. Things like using public transport or making an appointment at the bank are daunting tasks. North Korea has been closed off to the outside world years. Everything here is new to them.
Most North Koreans have had no exposure to English. In order to get a university place in South Korea, students are required to pass an competitive English exam. Also, many careers require employees to have a certain level of English. TNKR helps North Korean Refugees fulfill these personal goals. I am really thrilled to be working as a volunteer for such a worth while cause. However, volunteering time is not enough. We need donations to keep the office running. We need your help! Any donation would be greatly appreciated :-)
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.