Korea Times: “N. Korean defector group welcomes volunteers” (2016/04/13)

N. Korean defector group welcomes volunteers
By John Redmond

The Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) Education Center at American Orientalism University (AOU) invites guests and volunteers to an open house session in Insa-dong, downtown Seoul, April 16.

Aimed at discussing specific ways the public can get involved with TNKR, the open house follows up on last month’s International Volunteers Workshop: Opportunities to Help North Koreans.

“Almost 200 current and prospective volunteers attended last month’s International Volunteers Workshop featuring NGOs focused on North Korean refugees,” said co-founder Casey Lartigue, Jr. “Those volunteers have made it clear they are eager to get involved with helping North Korean refugees directly.”

Agenda items include the “How to help North Koreans” project, a speech contest, in-house tutoring, TNKR curriculum and volunteer roles.

TNKR is a non-profit organization based in Seoul that has connected more than 200 North Korean refugees with 300 volunteers.

The group was established in 2013 under the leadership of Lartigue and vice director Lee Eun-koo.

The open house will begin at 2 p.m. AOU is next to the Center Mark Hotel in Insa-dong.

For more information, visit facebook.com/groups/teachnkrefugees.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/04/177_202474.html

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