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2017-09-17 TNKR Matching 63

On Sunday, TNKR held a large Matching session with 10 refugeees, 17 volunteers tutors, and 7 volunteer staff members. 

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Volunteer: http://teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org/volunteer/

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2017-09-13 Accepting book donations!

A fan dropped by to donate some books to TNKR. He refused to take photos, but he can see here that one of the refugees joining TNKR is very happy to have gotten a book in English! Yes, you can also donate books to TNKR, although we have limited space.

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TNKR at TEDx

TNKR co-founders Casey Lartigue Je and Eunkoo Lee will be speaking at TEDxDongdaemun on September 9.

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2017-08-26 TNKR’s 6th English Speech Contest, “A Woman is a Flower: The Lives of North Korean Women.”

So many great stories, wonderful people, fantastic feelings at yesterday’s 6th TNKR English speech contest.

The theme of the contest: “A Woman is a Flower: The Lives of North Korean Women.”

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Random moments and observations from the contest:

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2017-08-18 ABC Interview with Eunhee Park

ABC News based in another country stopped by TNKR to do some interviews. They started off by focusing on North Korea, but after they learned more about Eunhee and TNKR, they shifted their questioning away from Kim Jong-Un, and instead about Eunhee and the wonderful things happening at TNKR.

PART 1: Interview with Eunhee

 

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2017-08-17 Media, tutoring, coaching, visitors

Interview with an international reporter

Tutoring and Coaching

 

Mark Bendul: TNKR tutor, coach, donor, fundraiser and cheerleader!

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Youngmin Kwon: TNKR tutor, donor, fundraiser, Office Manager, Project Manager (Bring My Father Home)

Individual Study Plan

When refugees first join TNKR, we have an interview with them. TNKR National Director Eunkoo Lee starts with an individual that includes a scaled-down orientation. TNKR International Director Casey Lartigue then interviews them with the Individual Study Plan developed by Columbia University professor Bae YoungSeh.

Check my recent Korea Times column for more about this.

TNKR Visitors

We haven’t figured out how to work together yet, but Saerom is really an impressive young lady. She uses her brain, analyzes situations, then gives concrete suggestions.

These singers from the USA stopped by TNKR to learn a bit about what we are doing.

 

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2017-08-13 TNKR Matching 62, Track 2 special

Teach North Korean Refugees began in March 2013 by matching several North Korean refugees who had been teachers in North Korea with volunteer tutors to help them improve their English. Yesterday TNKR held its 62nd Language Matching session. More than 300 refugees have chosen more than 620 tutors and coaches to study with. Some of the refugees have gone on to win scholarships, fellowships, to get jobs, accepted into college, give speeches and media interviews around the world, and to write books.

TNKR began as a chance for refugees to study English, but in late 2014, we divided the program in half to help refugees who were looking to tell their stories. Yesterday we held a session with five NK refugees joining Track 2 for the first time. Three of them are already in Track 1, and now feel they are ready to start speaking out. We had 10 coaches (including two who are already in Track 1) join the session (two had to cancel because of health and family issues)

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2017-08-14 Best Rose visits TNKR

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

The Best Rose came to visit TNKR on Monday. It was a delightful couple of hours, getting an update about Eunhee’s latest adventures. She is enthusiastic and inspiring.

She is a North Korean refugee who talks about freedom without being prompted. She reminds everyone around her how wonderful it is to be free to make their own choices. North Koreans kidnapped at birth often have no idea what freedom is, people born in freedom often don’t appreciate how difficult it has been to get to this point in history where people are free to control their own destinies.

At one point she didn’t use her name or show her face because she was embarrassed about being from North Korea. Now she is a rose blossoming, learning more about the world. Wherever she goes, she stands out, people remember that she was there. She likes to give credit to TNKR for her metamorphosis. Hearing that warms our hearts every time, and reminds us how wonderful it has been to start and develop TNKR. 

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2017-08-09 Around the Office…

Comedian Chris Rock once said, ‘If you see a homeless  person with a funny sign, that means the person hasn’t been homeless for long.’

I mention that because Eunkoo Lee quit her paid job on February 1. Not many people voluntarily go for six months without getting paid! And not many keep smiles on their faces for long. Well, it isn’t all smiles around the office, TNKR has some challenges coming up.

Yes, it is baseball season, and Eunko is a baseball fanatic. So as long as those handsome guys are playing baseball then she may remain happy!

Perhaps we need to record the games, put them on her computer year-around so she can remain happy until she gets evicted from her home. 🙂

Eunkoo at the Bat.”

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2017-08-05 Stories from the North III

Thanks to Seoul University of Foreign Studies for co-hosting “Stories from the North III” with TNKR. It was a great opportunity to hear about North Korea from several different perspectives.

* NK refugee Ken Eom discussed his university life in North Korea.
* NK refugee Helen discussed her escape from North Korea.
* Researcher Hye-young Shin discussed lessons she has learned from doing research about NK refugees adjusting to living in South Korea.
* Hwang Cheol discussed his campaign to have his father released from North Korea.
* TNKR co-founder Casey Lartigue Jr. discussed TNKR’s history and background connecting NK refugees with volunteer tutors and coaches.
* Tony Docan-Morgan did the introduction, making TNKR sound like it is a great organization!
* Youngmin Kwon did the behind-the-scenes things that make an event possible, even leading people from the subway.
* Christian Na recorded the event.
* Eunkoo Lee of TNKR and Prof. 임종령 of SUFS made it all happen! Plus we had 8 lovely volunteers from SUFS and an army of translators who made sure that everyone could understand in both English and Korean.

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