About This Fundraiser
For those lucky enough to escape North Korea, incredible challenges remain and a bright future is not promised. Escaping from North Korea, into neighboring China, does not guarantee immediate safety for refugees. Around two-thirds of refugees escaping are women, and 70 to 80% of women refugees are estimated to be forced into human trafficking as sex slaves and forced brides. Some of the most vulnerable people in the world, who have been forced for their entire lives to think and believe exactly what a dictator whims, are being taken advantage of even after leaving North Korea.
So much focus has been put on the regime and dictatorship of North Korea, but people often forget that the true victims of the situation are the people living in North Korea under unimaginable conditions. An entire comedy movie was made about Kim Jong Un, but not 1% of the profits went to the living refugees who escaped a real hell. News reports sensationalize military action in the region, but it took a viral video in order for most people to learn about North Korean refugees who risked their very lives to escape the country.
Giving to TNKR helps fund future activities to raise awareness, tutor refugees, and give a chance for a brighter future to those brave enough to leave North Korea.
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 more than 250 refugees with 492 volunteer tutors and coaches.