ThiNK hosted its first '1K for NK' Benefit Concert to raise donations for the Eugene Bell Foundation, the only large-scale provider of tuberculosis in North Korea. According to the WHO 2016 report, North Korea’s TB incidence rate reached 513 per 100,000 (vs 77 per 100,000 in South Korea). One study also reported the alarming increase of TB in North Korea, jumping from 345 per 100,000 in 2010 to 561 in 2015. Pressing issues like TB in North Korea becomes hidden amid the media's attention of North Korea's nuclear weapon policy and dictator.
ThiNK decided to take a stand.
On February 1st, 2019 at 7:30, ThiNK invited various music and performance groups of the Yale student body with the goal to raise $1K for NK. Groups such as the Yale Undergraduate Jazz Concert, Hangarak (Yale's only Korean acapella group), Movement, Yale School of Music's Bo Bae Lee, and Scale and Bones performed a variety of music, from pop to classical to jazz. Ed Baker, professor at Harvard and Eugene Bell Foundation member, spoke through video about this wonderful cause and where the donations were going towards.
By raising money for the wonderful cause, ThiNK hopes to raise awareness about the pressing issues of the citizens of North Korea, and alleviate the pains of those suffering--one person at a time.