About This Fundraiser
TNKR Special Ambassador Ken Eom has faced many challenges in his life.
* He was born in North Korea.
* He endured 10 years of hell in the North Korean military.
* When his family's songbun (class ranking) in North Korea was downgraded, he struggled to get employed at even menial jobs.
* He escaped to South Korea.
* Against the odds, he got accepted into graduate school at the prestigious Korea University.
Now he is facing another tough battle: Being a dad!
His wife just gave birth to a baby boy. As they start on this new journey, let's hold an online baby shower for them. They are North Korean refugees who have both studied in TNKR and Ken is a Special Ambassador who has donated to and raised money for TNKR.
And now they have given birth to a South Korean baby!
In additional to financial gifts at this critical time, they said they would also be delighted with baby clothes and toys to be delivered to the TNKR office. 서울시 마포구 독막로길180-8(신수동) 04087
You can read about Ken here:
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.