About This Fundraiser
TNKR is a great organization that works to empower North Korean refugees by teaching them English so they can survive in the fast-paced, global society of South Korea and also be able to share their stories with the world. Through TNKR, North Koreans can be taught English at no expenses to them, making it possible for even the student in the most financially difficult situation to learn English, too! I had the chance to meet TNKR in-person and can attest to their drive and passion to serve North Korean refugees! Overall, a great organization that I want to do my best to support through this fundraiser.
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.