About This Fundraiser
TNKR co-founder Casey Lartigue will be traveling from South Korea to the USA! Some of our fans have expressed interest in supporting this trip during much of April 2019. We need many things for this trip:
* PowerPoint: We need to show all of the great stuff TNKR has been doing.
* Speaking opportunities--such as to speak to business, organizations, foundations, churches, anyone who would be interested in supporting TNKR's message. We can ask people to fly us to them, but in other cases, we will need to pay our own way. So far, we have speaking opportunity requests in Tennessee, DC, Virginia, Minnesota and Massachusetts..
* Get the word out! If you are in the USA and would like to host an event or connect us with others who could support TNKR's growth, let us know!
* If you would like to support this trip, let us know!
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.