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2017-11-13 Special Project with Special Lady named Sharon

I first met Sharon Jang in early 2015. She has remained with TNKR constantly since then. Every meeting with her is lovely and inspiring. We are now working with her on a special project, it is all hands on deck with our staff in the office as well as a volunteer in the USA.

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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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2017-09-17 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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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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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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2017-08-13 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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2017-07-16 Prep for “Not Just Otto”

Hwang In-Cheol will be one of the speakers at TNKR’s Global Leadership Forum “Not Just Otto” on July 29, 2016. He is the son of Hwang Won, a South Korean who was kidnapped to North Korea when a North Korean agent hijacked a Korean Air plane in December 1969. Today he met with Youngmin Kwon, Project Manager of Bring My Father Home, and Jeannie Chung, a TNKR editor. Mr. Hwang has had a team helping him get ready for this speech–Youngmin with the translation, Jeannie editing the speech, and Anna Martinson and Jeannie reading the speech so he can follow the pronunciation.

RSVP here, TNKR volunteers and donors can bring 1 guest for free.

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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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