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About This Project

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.

Location South Korea

Donations to this project are tax-deductible.

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Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping refugees find their own voice. Volunteer today and help us make a difference in the refugee community.

Address 서울시 마포구 독막로길 180-8 (신수동)
Seoul 04087
South Korea
Phone 070-4006-0942

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