About This Fundraiser
I absolutely love living in Seoul, South Korea. The people are really nice, the country is beautiful, the food is absolutely fantastic, and I LOVE KIMCHI!!! However, there is one thing that I absolutely hate about living in South Korea, and that is being so close to North Korea. The abject poverty, the lack of daily essentials that we all take for granted, the constant fear of being taken to a prison camp, and many other things that are caused by living under the brutal regime of Kim Jong Un.
I cannot help the reunification of the Korean Pennisula, but I can help those that have escaped and made their way to a much better place, a place where their lives matter, a place where they have a shot at being someone great. I am excited to start tutoring the refugees, and doing my part to help them be successful. PLEASE help me by donating money to Teach North Korean Refugees. The work that they do is inspiring, but more than that, the refugees are inspiring.
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.