(TNKR) Teach North Korean Refugees was founded in March 2013 by Casey Lartigue and Eunkoo Lee. TNKR became an official NGO in May 2015. We have held 39 sessions matching more than 200 refugees with 315 volunteers. Yesterday we matched 11 refugees with 17 volunteer tutors.
We have done this without accepting any government funding, as volunteers without anyone in the organization receiving a salary for doing this, and without having our own office.
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We received great feedback from the tutors and refugees yesterday.
–I’m very excited to teach students so ready to learn.
–It was really great to see TNKR in action after reading so much about it.
–I’m happy to get started.
–I like the new venue, I’m forward to getting started again.
–TNKR is getting visibly more successful. It is great that so many tutors stayed, most usually leave before dinner.
–I was really nervous before I started, but it wasn’t as bad as II thought it would be to be chosen. I’m excited to get started, thanks for organizing this.
–The program is really clear, thorough. I’m excited to get started, I can see that they really want to learn.
–This is my second session, the first time was in April. Everything has really improved. There are no problems, there are more people, I hope to do more with TNKR.
–It was really informative, I’m hopeful that I can make a real difference. The tutoring tips were really useful, clear.
–I’m satisfied. I’m so satisfied! I got the three tutors I wanted! I’m really really happy to be here, this session reminded me that I need to study hard, I don’t want to disappoint the teachers.
–I’m really happy, I will do my best. I am thankful to the co-founders for creating TNKR.
–I’m so thankful to TNKR for creating this opportunity. I will study really hard.
–It is so nice to be back in TNKR. I am happy to meet such nice and lovely tutors. I will study really hard.
–I want to thank Casey and Eunkoo. I’m very satisfied to meet new tutors. I’m so rich, I have 11 tutors now.
–I came to Korea five years ago, I quit because II couldn’t handle the classes in English. Then I saw TNKR on KBS, and I decided to give it a chance. I am really thankful for this opportunity, I hope I won’t cause my tutors too much trouble because of my low English level.
–I feel really thankful that there are so many foreign tutors willing to help North Korean refugees.
–I couldn’t graduate from college because of English. I hope that I will be able to improve my English through TNKR.
–“Please take care of me.”
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Yesterday one of our refugees remarked that he has trouble remembering all of the locations we have held matching sessions:
* Freedom Factory (Yoido)
* Mulmangcho Human Riights Institute (Bangbae)
* Bitcoin Center (Itaewon)
* Ahyndong Community Center (Gongdukk subway)
* Toz (Gangnam)