About This Fundraiser
Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) is a nonprofit organization in Seoul that supports North Korean refugees by providing high-quality English education. I started volunteering for TNKR after attending TNKR's 5th English Speech Contest where 7 refugees spoke about their harrowing, death defying experiences as they escaped to safety in South Korea. Currently, I'm fundraising for TNKR, helping develop TNKR's Track 2 (speech coaching), and working one-on-one with speech contestants. My goal is to help refugee learners achieve their goals and become effective and empowering communicators.
I'll mail you a pack of awesome Korean stickers for every 5,000 won (about $4.50) you donate. Simply make your donation and then email me your sticker preferences (and mailing address) at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have (or can find) all sorts of Korean stickers--traditional Korean weddings, food stickers, flag stickers, flower stickers, Seoul landmark stickers, Paw Patrol cartoon stickers, almost anything Disney, animals, Kakao emojis, hilarious stickers about romantic relationships, stickers of kids playing, food stickers, flag stickers, flower stickers, Seoul landmark stickers. I can also send a variety pack. Thanks for considering it! -Tony
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.