Komando StaffKomando Staff, Komando.com
March 14th, 2016
Help me get the truth to the people in North Korea
In the world’s most closed society - North Korea - flash drives are valuable tools of education and discovery. In a society without Internet, with total government censorship, and with no independent media, North Koreans rely on these little pieces of plastic.
This is what compelled me to stand behind this initiative called Flash Drive For Freedom: to educate and be a part of telling the truth to North Koreans. And I need your help!
Do you have flash drives lying around your house, in a drawer, collecting dust? Or maybe your company has a bag or box of them in storage?
Here’s the thing: Flash drives aren’t an obsolete technology - they aren’t junk. They are vital conveyors of information for millions of people around the world; especially people living in North Korea.
Flash drives filled with films, books and explainers are windows to the outside world.
Some North Koreans have escaped their country’s dictatorship and found freedom in South Korea. There, they have established civil society groups dedicated to sending information, culture, truth and knowledge back to their families, friends and neighbors.
Human Rights Foundation and Forum 280 are collecting flash drives to give to these North Korean refugee-led organizations. Each year, these groups collectively smuggle fewer than 10,000 flash drives. They could send many more, but are limited by the fact that they have to purchase the drives on the Internet at retail cost. By gifting them drives, Flash drives for Freedom allows them to focus in 2016 on programs and future work rather than spend time and money on purchasing equipment.
HOW TO DONATE
Here's where you come in! We will take any working drives, no matter the size, color, or brand. To join our effort, please ship USB drives to this address:
Flash Drives for Freedom
c/o appbackr inc.
2251 Yale Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306
If you would like a tax receipt for your donation of flash drives, please include your contact information (including email) and a description and estimated value of the donated goods. If you are purchasing new flash drives from an online store, please include your email address and a receipt. You may also forward any tracking information to email@example.com
To receive an email with the mailing address, send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our North Korean partners determine what goes on the drives. Content ranges from South Korean soap operas to Hollywood films to Korean-language versions of Wikipedia to interviews with North Korean defectors.
CAN I DONATE MONEY TO BUY DRIVES?
Yes. All money donated will be used to buy flash drives in bulk directly from vendors at discounted prices.
You can donate at hrf.org/donate or contact email@example.com.
ARE DONATIONS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes. HRF is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that can accept the flash drives and any donations for this project.