CANchat - helping North Korean defectors resettle
$5,358 raised
27% of $20k goal
7 contributors
109 Weeks running
CANchat is an organization based in Seoul, Korea that connects English speaking expats with North Korean defectors enrolled in high school or university. We strive to improve students' English & mentor them so they can achieve their goals.

CAN chat is a Canadian organization based in Seoul, Korea that connects English speaking expats with North Korean defectors who are enrolled in high school or university. The objective is two-fold: (1) to improve their English language skills necessary to achieve their academic goals, and (2) to mentor the students so that they might adjust well to their post-North Korean life. Through these mentor relationships, we hope to encourage social engagement, grow a healthy self-image, and offer a sincere friendship to someone who may never have had the chance to experience such a support system.

The funds raised will be used to compensate volunteer teachers for expenses incurred during time with students, such as coffee, a meal, a special outing, transportation and teaching materials. Funds will also be used to pay a basic salary to Ursula Devolin, a Canadian ESL teacher who wants to dedicate her time to improving the lives of defectors by teaching and mentoring many students and coordinating other student and mentor teams. 

We believe providing mentoring and ESL instruction for defectors will help improve their lives. With dedicated assistance, they are more likely to achieve their academic, personal and professional goals. By achieving success here, they are also in a better position to help North Korea when change happens in the future. 

If you'd like to help North Korean defectors living in Seoul, I humbly ask that you contribute to CANchat and together we can change lives. 

Ursula Devolin

Director, CANchat

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