Our chapters are some of the most hardworking and dedicated supporters we have! Since the beginning, chapters have been a vital part of LiNK’s movement. In the last two and a half years alone, they have raised the funds necessary to rescue 35 North Korean refugees. What makes them different from other groups on campus is that the members are able to have a direct impact on the lives of these refugees, providing the critical funding needed to make a rescue possible. 100% of the funds these groups raise are used to bring refugees to freedom. Due to the support of chapters, we’ve been able to dramatically increase the amount of rescue missions completed over the last few years.
Thanks to those numbers and so much more, we believe our chapters are extremely important and wanted to restructure the program in hopes of making them even more effective. Step one was a new name! Now, all chapters will be known as RESCUE TEAMS!
Another element of this restructuring is the ability to deepen the connection between each Rescue Team and the North Korean refugee they rescue. After a Rescue Team raises $2500 (the amount it takes to rescue a refugee), we connect them with the person they rescued by sharing their story and providing them with updates about how they are adjusting to their new life of freedom.
HERE’S HOW RESCUE TEAMS WORK:
THIS GROUP OF STUDENTS (FROM UT AUSTIN) ORGANIZED, RAISED FUNDS, AND SECURED THE FUNDING FOR A MISSION THAT RESCUED MINKYUNG.
We believe in connecting people, so it doesn’t end when the rescue mission is over. As refugees are resettled to an unfamiliar country, they often face new challenges. If refugees need continued support, we provide ways for Rescue Teams to further empower them in their new life — whether it’s through scholarships, career services, medical support, or other areas of supplementary assistance.
During our recent trip to South Korea, we were able to introduce Rescue Team members to the refugees they rescued and this spring, all Rescue Teams will have the chance to join us in LA for our conference, where they’ll be able to hear directly from refugees about the changes happening in North Korea.
We’ve realized our Rescue Teams can have an even larger role in the lives of North Koreans, so moving forward, we hope to empower our members to make a greater impact. Our goal is that over the next 5 years, with the help of Rescue Teams, we will rescue 500 refugees.
We have no doubt that history will view Rescue Teams as having played a huge role in the future of North Korea.
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