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Fundraisers for the Matching Donation Challenge!

Thanks to the flurry of TNKR fans, volunteers and donors who set up fundraisers this week to support our Matching Donation Challenge!
1+1 Matching Donation Challenge (Casey Lartigue) https://www.facebook.com/donate/1162114567472943/
Raising Money For Teach North Korean Refugees (Abby Kotar) https://www.facebook.com/donate/1458765450996651/2674751656105757/
Birthday Fundraiser for North Korean Defectors (Beth Eunhee Hong) https://www.facebook.com/donate/3049220738520275/
Stase's Birthday Fundraiser (Stase) https://give.lovetnkr.com/fundraisers/Stases-Birthday-Fundraiser
Let's help North Korean refugees to have a better life^~^/ (Anna Toth) https://www.facebook.com/donate/4030097837064764
Empower North Korean Refugees (Joanne) https://give.lovetnkr.com/fundraisers/Empower-North-Korean-Refugees-1
Free Education for North Korean Refugees! (Jane Park) https://www.facebook.com/donate/742096756619486/2849493528656711/
TNKR in the Time of COVID-19 (Michael) https://give.lovetnkr.com/fundraisers/TNKR-…
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TNKR partnership with public charter school in the USA

Why would a public charter school educating low-income black students in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, want to partner with a grassroots start-up non-profit in South Korea providing education opportunities for North Korean refugees? And vice-versa?

Tomorrow at 3 a.m. Korea time, I will be leading a brainstorming discussion on Zoom exploring the possible partnership between the unlikely allies. The school is much larger than TNKR, they have many reasons NOT to have such a partnership.

Let's see if we can brainstorm some opportunities for a partnership with the school, and even examine if this partnership would be worth pursuing.

If there is interest in this initiative, I would be delighted to have another call at a reasonable time for people in South Korea.

The link is here at Facebook as well as our main page.
https://www.facebook.com/events/197906004950269/
https://lovetnkr.org/events-calendar/3-a-m-with-tnkr-special-activities-brainstorming-session/

Here's the Zoom link for the 3 am call I…

Save the DATES!

Thanks to donors, fundraisers and volunteers, TNKR is expanding. We have added mentoring to our programming and are seeking a full-time Academic Coordinator.

If you have been looking to join TNKR, or to get more deeply involved, you have many opportunities over the next few months. Also, don't forget to support our incredible Matching donation opportunity, which can help us grow even more to be even more responsive to the English education needs of North Korean refugees.

It is not unusual for organizations to send out a "Save the Date" invitation. But we are sending out multiple "Save the Dates" invitations! Stay tuned in the next few days for more details.

How can you get involved with TNKR this month? Let me count the ways!

* Join TNKR's Fan Club
* Discuss special projects within TNKR.
* Tutor North Korean refugees 1:1
* Be a speech coach for North Korean refugees
* Mentor a North Korean refugee getting prepared for employment and education opportunities
* Apply t…

2020-07-05 TNKR's Perpetual Motion

Running in several directions
If you have followed TNKR, you know that despite limited staff, we are usually running in several directions at once. That is true even now, despite the virus destroying the world.

We have decided to combine two upcoming events: Instagram Live Interview and Book Giveaway

1) July 6th, 9:00 am Korea time, I will be interviewed on Instagram Live by super TNKR volunteer Aromi Yook.

2) Our book drawing scheduled for today will be pushed back a day. We will be choosing the winner of the Book Club drawing during my interview with Aromi at Instagram Live.

To be eligible for the book drawing:

1) Listen to at least 15 minutes of a#HashtagImpactpodcast about TNKR. Here's the link with no photos https://www.hashtagimpact.com/podcasts-educating-and-empowering-north-korean-refugees/and the no-frills link:
https://www.hashtagimpact.com/?powerpress_pinw=54944-podcast

2) Answer at least the first five questions correctly based on those first 15 minutes. You can listen more an…

Instagram Live Interview + Book Drawing

We have decided to combine two upcoming events:1) July 6th, 9:00 am Korea time, I will be interviewed on Instagram Live by Aromi Yook.

2) Our book drawing scheduled for today will be pushed back a day. We will be choosing the winner of the Book Club drawing during my interview with Aromi at Instagram Live.

To be eligible for the book drawing:

1) Listen to at least 15 minutes of a #HashtagImpact podcast about TNKR.
https://www.hashtagimpact.com/podcasts-educating-and-empowering-north-korean-refugees/

2) Answer at least the first five questions correctly based on those first 15 minutes. You can listen more, but that is the minimum to be eligible this week. We have time cues so you can skip around to listen just for the answers.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZO_Xv8fHaGRw9-RHznJktTBxQCzSAFXlhKZt5__tKOuyCnw/viewform

Note: If you took the quiz, you don't need to be present during the Instagram Live to win the book.

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Here's Aromi'…

TNKR tour of NYC, courtesy of Aromi Yook!

AROMI YOOK wrote, photographed and translated!!!
In English, Español, 한국어 ⁂⁂⁂Originally I had meant to do a birthday fundraiser campaign for (TNKR) Teach North Korean Refugees led by Casey Lartigue Jr. However, thankfully the University of Alabama is willing to match donations: https://give.lovetnkr.com/en/UA-EMBA-for-TNKR Friends, please donate before the fundraiser comes to an end soon; it would be highly appreciated! www.lovetnkr.org/donate
🌟🌟🌟Originalmente tenía la intención de hacer una campaña de recaudación de fondos para el cumpleaños de (TNKR) Teach North Korean Refugees dirigidos por Casey Lartigue Jr. Afortunadamente, la Universidad de Alabama está dispuesta a igualar las donaciones: https://give.lovetnkr.com/en/UA-EMBA-for-TNKR Amigos, por favor done antes que la recaudación de fondos llegue a su fin pronto. ¡Sería muy apreciado!
♥♥♥저는 원래 제 생일날 TNKR 모금행사 (디렉터:Casey Lartigue Jr.)를 하려고 계획하던 중에 뜻밖에도 알라바마대학교에서 매칭형식으로 기부해 주신다는 뜻을 전해오셨습니다. 대학측에 감사말씀드립니다: https://give.lovetnkr.com…

Education Emergency? Hallelujah!

A TNKR student who visited our office a few days ago heaped so much praise on TNKR that even I blushed a little. She mentioned the urgency she had felt to learn English. She had studied with other organizations and institutes, but it wasn't until TNKR that she really learned English. We used to collect testimonials, but they got to be so numerous that we stopped. Who, besides Eben Appleton, would read them all?* * *Talking and working directly with North Korean refugee learners gives us a sense of urgency. There probably aren't many co-founders of organizations who interview every student joining them, but that's what we do at TNKR! I talked to some of our students who have studied in other programs, in many cases they weren't even sure who was the leader of the organization or institute. But in TNKR? They would have met us first for an individual interview, then an orientation led by TNKR co-founder Eunkoo Lee, then at the Matching session, then we do our best to stay…