About This Fundraiser
In September, I will be running 13.1 miles (21.1 kilometers) at the Cheorwon DMZ International Peace half-marathon. Over the next five months as I am training, I will be volunteering and raising money for Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR), a non-profit located in Seoul, South Korea.
Every year, thousands of North Koreans risk their lives to get away from oppression and poverty. If they are lucky enough to escape to South Korea, refugees are faced with a new set of challenges in a country where English skills have become a necessity for employment or if they wish to tell their story on the international stage.
"Put simply, TNKR is a nonprofit organization that aims to assist North Korean refugees in preparing for their future and transitioning to life outside of North Korea by providing them with free English learning opportunities. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, TNKR also holds fundraisers, hosts refugee speaking contests, and participates in humanitarian conferences. Our mission, as always, is to empower North Korean refugees to find their own voice and path through education, advocacy, and support."- TNKR website
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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.