About This Fundraiser
Hello, I'm Laura and Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) is a non-profit organization I am volunteering with. We assist North Korean refugees with learning English, ultimately aiming to help with assimilating into a free society and remaining economically competitive in South Korea. Currently, one of my students is a mother learning English to help her find a better job. Additionally, I am coaching another student to prepare her for the 5th Annual TNKR Speech Contest. While TNKR has worked with over 250 North Korean refugees since their inception in 2013, there are over 70 refugees on a waiting list. This is a worthy cause and any amount would go a long way.
Please consider donating if you would like to make a difference in the refugee community.
Thank you very much in advance!
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.