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2017-11-11 TNKR Open House was a Full House!

TNKR held an Open House on November 11 to discuss our activities and to encourage volunteers to get involved. Most people who join us naturally want to tutor refugees directly, but we have other needs and also need some people to help us in other ways.

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2017-09-23 Volunteer Training Workshop, Day 2

Volunteer Training Workshop, Day 2:

  • Lecture 1: NK Education System by Jinhee Han, former English teacher in North Korea
  • Group Discussion with NK Refugee Students (College)
  • Lecture II: Roles and Profess ledionalism in Volunteering with NK Refugees by TNKR co-founders Casey Lartigue and Eunkoo Lee
  • Group Discussion led by TNKR Senior Fellow Tony Docan-Morgan

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2017-09-24/25 Telling Their Own Stories

On Sunday TNKR held an orientation to get prepared for its 64th Language Matching session to be held on Sunday October 1. We will be holding an emergency session tonight and probably another one on Wednesday.

We had nine volunteers join the session.

 

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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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2017-08-09 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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2017-06-19/21 Be a magnet

Years ago a former supervisor of mine gave me a fantastic compliment. He told me that I was an energy center. He added: “Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is bad, but there is always SOMETHING going on around you. You seem to be a magnet.”

These days, that SOMETHING is Teach North Korean Refugees. We are attracting volunteers, donors, fans, media. It has gotten to the point that we have staff volunteers rotating shifts in the office because we don’t have enough space to accommodate them all at the same time. I am amazed that we get so much done with such a limited budget and office space.

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2017 Report on TNKR tutor reports

Based on reports sent by TNKR’s volunteer tutors in 2017. Numbers are subject to change based on when additional reports are received.

2017 Tutors Refugees Sessions Minutes Hours Classes per day (Overall) Classes per refugee (monthly) Classes per tutor (monthly) At 50,000 won per class ($43.62 US), free tutoring
Jan 61 39 154 13,137 236 5.0 3.9 2.5 11.8 million won ($10,294)
Feb 67 45 210 19,475 324.5 7.2 4.4 3..0 16.2 million won ($14,154)
March 65 55 221 21,905 365 7.1 4.0 3.4 18.25 million won ($15,921)
April  64  60 187 18,011  300  6.2  3.1 2.9  15 million won ($13,392)

 

Notes: The increase in refugees is due to more studying in in-house tutoring as they transition into the regular study program.

  • Slight bump in classes in Feb and March because of the speech contest.
  • April was mid-term exam time so there were fewer classes.

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2017-05-18 TNKR presentation to Australian students

Thursday was one of those days we could really appreciate how much TNKR has grown. With very little money, we have created an NGO that provides practical learning opportunities for refugees and has gained respected internationally.

We have had more than 570 volunteer tutors, but just a handful have committed to us long-term. Of the 270 refugees who have joined us, the same is true, just a handful have stuck to us. Having people around us has taken a lot of pressure off us. And now a new thing is happening–we are no longer at the center of every activity.

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2017-05-14 “A Woman is a Flower” TNKR Global Leadership Forum 2

TNKR held its second Global Leadership Forum on Sunday May 14, featuring speakers discussing the lives of North Korean women. The event was co-sponsored by the Working Group on North Korean Women.

Lee So-yeon kicked off the forum by discussing the brutality that she and other North Korean women suffered in the military, such as being raped by military leaders. It was another reminder about a brutal regime that does not respect the rights of individuals.

Eunsun Kim, author of A Thousand Miles to Freedom, then discussed her escape from North Korea. Many of the attendees began crying when she discussed the conversations she had with her mother when they thought they might starve to death.

Lee Juseong, author of Sunhee, wrapped up the forum by discussing specific statistics related to North Korean women and calling on the South Korean government to do more to rescue North Korean refugee women from China.

TNKR Speech Fellow Tony Docan-Morgan kicked off the event, TNKR co-directors Eunkoo Lee and Casey Lartigue briefly introduced TNKR, then after the speakers and Q&A, TNKR Assistant Director Dave Fry issued a call to action.

The room fit about 60, and we had about 70 or so in attendance, with a few latecomers having to stand.

 

 

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2017-04-28 “Dear Leader” author visits TNKR

We had a nice meeting then dinner with “Dear Leader” author Jang Jin-sung. He was a poet propagandist for NK dictator Kim Jong-il, his role was to convince South Koreans to support the NK regime. He later escaped to South Korea, he worked with a security agency connected to NIS, then later founded New Focus International.

He has made it clear that he is a fan of TNKR! He has proven it not only with his words, but his actions!

  1. Here’s a nice interview he did with TNKR’s co-founders a few months ago. (English, Korean)
  2. On June 24, he will be the featured speaker at TNKR’s third Global Leadership Forum. This will be a great chance to ask a question to a former member of North Korea’s elite and someone whose role it was to be sympathetic about North Korea.
  3. We will be announcing another update soon, TNKR’s Assistant Director Dave Fry is drafting the press release.

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