Running for North Korean Refugees

Fundraiser by Caitlin

This fundraiser supports General Fund

$302.42 remaining
$182 raised
38% of $485 goal

About This Fundraiser

Please take a moment to read this and consider helping an important cause and a wonderful organization.

For the past 4 months, I have been fortunate enough to take part in one of the most humbling experiences of my life; volunteering with TNKR (Teach North Korean Refugees).

Every year, thousands of North Koreans risk their lives to escape severe oppression and poverty. If they are lucky enough to reach to South Korea, refugees are faced with a new set of challenges in a country where English skills have become a necessity for employment or if they wish to tell their story on the international stage.

To meet this need, TNKR, as a nonprofit organization, aims to assist North Korean refugees in preparing for their future and transitioning to life outside of North Korea by providing them with free English learning opportunities. TNKR's mission is to empower North Korean refugees to find their own voice and path through education, advocacy, and support. Since its founding in March 2013, TNKR has connected more than 250 refugees with 492 volunteer tutors and coaches.

TNKR keeps programs FREE for refugees by organizing fundraisers, hosting refugee-speaking contests and events, and participating in humanitarian conferences. Nearly all the funding for TNKR comes from donations. This is why your donation is so important!!

I plan on continuing volunteering with this organization for as long as I stay in South Korea.

I will also be running a 10k (6.2 mile) race on September 24th, 2017 as part of the DMZ International Peace Marathon event ( in South Korea.
My goal is to raise $500 (~570,000 KRW), with all funds going directly to TNKR. Please consider donating whatever amount is comfortable, or pledging an amount for the distance of the race (i.e. $10 per mile).

Please help me spread awareness of this amazing program! Please share with family and friends.

To learn more about Teach North Korean Refugees, go to their website:

OR watch Al Jazeera's report on TNKR:

70% of North Korean defectors are female. To learn more about life in North Korea as a woman click here: (

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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.

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