About This Fundraiser
TNKR will be having a book sale this Saturday! We have had so many books donated that it is like a real book sale! Thanks to Anne Marie for getting this started, Dondi Lyons for also donating many books, Anna Tsoi and Youngmin Kwon for the labor, and TNKR co-founder Eunkoo Lee for not stopping me when it was clear that I was going to fill up TNKR's office with books despite our limited space!
And more books are on the way!
Something came to my attention the other day, after Eunkoo informed refugees about this book sale. Not every refugee has spending money to participate.
We have been thinking about providing scholarships for a couple of refugees who we know have no spending money and might not join the book sale. Instead of using TNKR resources, we decided to ask our fans and volunteers for book scholarships. :-)
So if you'd like to provide scholarships for the book sale, donate to this fundraiser. TNKR co-founder Eunkoo Lee is in contact with refugees and has a better idea about which refugees have no extra spending money.
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.