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Myanmar Tag

Over the last 20 years more than 22,000 Karenni people have been displaced from their homes in Karenni (Kayah) state in Myanmar. Many more live as internally displaced persons within Karenni state.

Karenni Social Development Centre was established in Karenni Camp 1 in 2002 to address the lack of civically oriented educational and training opportunities available to residents of the camp. Education and employment opportunities for those in the camps are limited so few Karenni know about human rights and how to protect their interests.

Many refugees have been living in camps on the Thai-Myanmar border for more than 20 years and this leads to despair and violent outbursts. Addiction can be a temporary means of escape that leads to violence, abuse and crime.

The drug trade is central to the economy of Myanmar, as it is one of the biggest producers of opium, heroin and methamphetamines in the world. Drug dealers find it easy to enter the camps.

The Prevention, Education and Training program addresses the problem of addiction in five camps on the border, by providing treatment cycles for addicts, prevention education to schools and communities and by training addiction workers.

In Karen State south-western Myanmar, women and children live in communities that have suffered for many years from extreme poverty, lack of basic health services and education. The maternal and infant mortality rate in Myanmar is one of the highest in the world.

Despite a ceasefire agreement, villagers continue to be targeted by the military and are forced from their homes. Some reach internal displacement camps like Ee Htu Hta while others live a precarious existence in nearby villages. Community workers encounter obstacles as they move around between the villages and often reaching medical assistance can take days.

To provide much needed support to new mothers this project provides baby kits to five villages within Karen state Myanmar, including Ee Htu Hta IDP camp.

$20,000 of $20,000 raised

Agency: DARE Network

Community prevention education reaches beyond those addicted to their families, friends and neighbors. The work of the DARE network reaches thousands of people in camps on the Thai-Myanmar border and inside Myanmar.

The Prevention, Education and Training program will provide treatment cycles, prevention education to schools and communities and train addiction workers.

$20,000 of $20,000 raised
2014-05-07 ~ 2015-05-06
Agency: DARE
$20,000
This project will provide community training manuals on drug addiction prevention and support to members of the refugee communities living on the Thai-Burma border and to people displaced ultimately within the country of Burma, also known as Myanmar, itself. The manuals are an update to DARE’s previous manuals, now over 10 years old, which have been prepared and taught by members of the local refugee community. The previous set of manuals and the DARE program have proven successful in helping to combat the addiction crisis which has overtaken many of the displaced communities throughout Burma and South East Asia. These updated manuals are essential to DARE’s vision of expanding its reach and providing more sensitive treatment and education threatened by addiction.

$20,000 of $20,000 raised

2013-09-20 ~ 2014-09-20
Agency: Karen Women’s Organisation
$20,000

This project will provide 2,000 baby kits to women and newborn babies in the Karen State of Burma. The kits contain baby and laundry soap, sarongs, nappies, and a health message for maternal health education, all of which goes a long way for such a small price. Based on recent birth rates in the Karen State, this project should provide every mother of a child born in the Karen State this year with a baby kit.

$19,820 of $19,820 raised
2013-06-01 ~ 2013-05-31
Agency: DARE (Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Education
$19,820
This project will build the DARE Network’s capacity to meet the addiction demands of refugees living in camps on the Thai/Burma border as well as prepare for refugees returning to Burma in the future. 1 intern will be trained to become a DARE Addiction Master Trainer inside Burma and a further 20 refugees will be trained for 6 months to become Addiction Workers within the camps to replace those that have resettled to third countries. 20 young people and their families will also received treatment for their addiction.

$15,861 of $15,861 raised

2012-11-26 ~ 2012-11-26
Agency: Karenni Further Studies Program
$15,861

This project will enable 63 refugees, aged 16 -21, to attend the Karenni Further Studies Program (KnFSP) for a year, in Karenni Camp 2 on the Thai/Burma border. The program provides a supportive learning environment where the young refugees can gain essential knowledge and skills for their future. The students will learn subjects such as English, Maths, Science and Social Studies, as well as other subjects like Leadership and Management to build their capacity to take on leadership roles within the community after graduation. 

$18,469 of $18,469 raised

2012-06-03 ~ 2013-06-02
Agency: Social Development Centre
$18,469

This project will provide 30 people on the Thai/Burma border with a 10 month training course covering subjects such as social change, human rights, environment and law. The school program is varied including classroom teaching, group work, field trips, discussions, presentations, reporting and assessments. After finishing the training course, graduates will be expected to become mobile trainers and spread their new knowledge and skills into borderline areas and inside Karenni state in Burma. 

$13,494 of $13,494 raised
2011-07-01 ~ 2012-06-30
Agency: Karenni Further Studies Program
$13,494
This project will enable 58 refugees, aged 16–21, to attend the Karenni Further Studies Program (KnFSP) for a year, in Karenni Camp 2 on the Thai/Burma border. The students will receive formal education in English, Maths, Science, Computer Operations and Social Studies, as well as other subjects like Leadership and Management to build their capacity to take up future leadership and managerial roles.