About This Fundraiser
North Korea blocks its citizens from leaving the country or interacting with the outside world. Despite the threat of torture or even public execution, more than 30,000 North Korean refugees have escaped to South Korea, where English is a vital skill. Despite some government programs, many refugees find themselves at a loss when they make it into the country. In March 2013, Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) was founded to help North Korean refugees adjust.The organization is run by volunteers preparing and connecting refugees with opportunities to adjust to living outside of 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.