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2017-06-04 Refugees join TNKR Matching Grant Challenge!

I’m proud to announce that 5 North Korean refugees in TNKR have joined our effort to secure a 4 million won matching grant gift! Our challenge? Raise 4 million (about $3,500) won by June 15, then we get the 4 million won gift. So every donation really counts.

They grew up in a country with virtually no such thing as civil society or NGOs engaged in fundraising. Now they are raising money for TNKR, learning the value of civil society.

Donate to the following fundraisers set up by TNKR students, the donations will be doubled!

Click the names below to view each refugee’s fundraiser (in Korean and English):

1) Cherie탈북민 영어교육프로그램 모금

2) Eunhee당신이 바로 탈북민들의 운명을 바꿀수도 있는 멋진 사람이란걸!


4) 설향먼저 온 통일에게 꿈을 키워주세요

5) Jun, I Love TNKR

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2017-03-24 Be Nice to Your Favorite NGO

Meeting #1: South Korean professional visiting from Hong Kong. He wanted to find ways he could help from Hong Kong.

Meeting #2: Feedback session with a North Korean refugee who arrived in South Korea in December 2015 and joined our program December 2016 after waiting for a few months.

I imagine that some of my peers who are involved in advocacy, abstract or analytical work about North Korea rarely or never have NK refugees seeking them out to thank them. Some of their work may be valuable, but it isn’t the type of work that leads to the people who benefit from what they are doing to praise them.

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2017-02-14 Dave Fry is TNKR’s Valentine today

New TNKR volunteer Dave Fry donated his loose change from the last 6 months to TNKR! Instead of transferring money from bank account to bank account, he transferred from his Piggy Bank to TNKR’s Donation Jar.

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2017-02-09 Good luck, Joseph!

Before I co-founded TNKR, I already had several North Korean refugees and had already been volunteering for the Mulmangcho School. One of the first NK refugees I met was Joseph.

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2017-02-07 “TNKR gave me my name” Eunhee Park

I used to say, “Today was a special day,” but these days, it seems that every day is special. Super special North Korean refugee Eunhee Park had class with one of her tutors. Then we talked about TNKR’s upcoming activities and ways that she can be more involved.

When we told her about our new fundraising site, she immediately set one up. She is a thoughtful lady. We can be talking about something really simple, then she will suddenly say something profound.

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2017-01-30 tutor donations: Daniel Cashmar

When I say that TNKR could not survive without volunteers, I mean it! In addition to tutoring, volunteers are doing even more!

  • Donating items to us
  • Raising money
  • Helping out at the office

Daniel James joined TNKR as a tutor in September 2015. Back then, he was coming in on KTX, paying a lot for the opportunity to be a volunteer tutor with us. He is now closer to Seoul, that also made it easier for him to donate a toaster to us. 🙂

He is also raising money for TNKR.


2017-01-30 tutor donations: Josh Glenn

Josh Glenn joined TNKR as a tutor this past summer. He stopped by TNKR’s office for an orientation in a different part of our program. He brought along a few books to donate. He was also in our recent CSR video.


2017-01-15 Book Sale has begun!

Books (in English) are from 1,000 to 5,000 won.

1-2 pm, refugees only

2-5 pm, open to the public

5 pm, all books are 1,000 won each.

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Hope for North Korean Refugees

As a non-religious, non-political, and nonprofit organization, TNKR relies on private donations to fund our programs and keep them available to the refugees free of charge. By making a small donation to TNKR, you can ensure that North Korean refugees living in South Korea will continue to receive the educational and professional opportunities they need in order to attend university, acquire a job, and advocate on behalf of their fellow North Koreans.

If you have the means and desire to support our cause, please consider making a donation to TNKR. We appreciate each and every donation we receive.

Ways to donate:

  • TNKR Bank account in Korea
    • (Woori Bank) 1005-802-774890
    • Name on account: 티엔케이알(TNKR)
    • Swift code: HVBKKRSEXXX
    • Bank address: Taebongro 70, Seochogu, Seoul, South Korea
    • Bank phone number: 02-3463-9596
  • TNKR office: (Make the donation at the TNKR office in Seoul)
    • 서울시 마포구 독막로길 1808(신수동) (Gwangheungchang subway, exit 4)
    • office number: 070-4006-0942