About This Fundraiser
This is as close as I ever got to North Korea...a picture across the divide, but during my time in South Korea I was able to work with an amazing organization, where I could help people from North Korea in some small way. Some of you may remember my Seoul marathon run for TNKR a while back! And now, there is another awesome opportunity to support their work with North Korean refugees - through a matching donation challenge! Anything that you give now will be matched by a very generous donor.
Just an overview of why you should consider donating: TNKR is an organization based in Seoul that pairs North Korean refugees with English tutors - one to one. English is SO important to learn in South Korea, hence the reason I had a job there. But it's very expensive to enroll in English programs. TNKR provides this opportunity for refugees for free!! Being involved as a volunteer English tutor with TNKR is one of my favorite experiences from my year in Korea. This organization also pairs refugees up with speech coaches if they would like to have the opportunity to tell their stories. AND they are starting a new mentorship program!
What's not to love? And this is a great time to support them, since your donation will be matched!
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!