2014 KWO Creating Peace project update

The Creating Peace Project staff has been busy with project activities over the past six months. Some of these project activities include:

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Peace Negotiation Updates:
Women community leaders gathered at KWO Central office to learn about peace negotiation updates. Leaders learned about the current situation in Karen State and Burma, ceasefire agreements, and the WGEC framework. Participants also discussed the Ethnic Armed Organization Conference and the agreements that were reached. KNU leaders were invited to share and explain their work with other ethnic groups.
Participants brought the information they learned during the peace negotiation updates back to their communities.

Community Consultation:
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Become a volunteer English teacher with KWO!

The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) is currently recruiting volunteer English teachers for the Karen Young Women’s Leadership School (KYWLS) in Mae Ra Moe camp and New Generation School, inside Karen State. If you are interested in learning more about these two volunteer opportunities, please contact Naw K’nyaw Paw, KWO Secretary, at kwocentral@gmail.com

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World Refugee Day Photos

We shared about pamphlet related on Refugees, Banner, T-shirt and we distributed soup. during the celebration KWO has chance to speak and doing activities as asking question and speech. We have question on the cloth and we ask people to writing down the answer on the cloth. and also we share about information on Banner and T-shirt.

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Karen Women’s Organization Letter of Appeal on World Refugee Day

Karen Women’s Organization Letter of Appeal on World Refugee Day (English Version)

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Karen Women’s Organization Letter of Appeal on World Refugee Day (Karen Version)

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2014-15 School Year has begun for 375 dormitory students!

The 2014-15 school year has begun and KWO’s 9 dormitories in 5 camps are up and running! For the 2014-15 school year, KWO has 375 students in the dormitory project. Here are some photos from Umphiem Mai and Mae La camps of the first day of school for dormitory students!

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KWO Magazine in Skaw Karen

KWO puts out a quarterly magazine in Skaw Karen which are distributed through out the 7 Karen refugee camps.  Each magazine is passed between refugees being read by multiple people.  It is just one way we seek to keep our community up to date and informed.

Capacity Building Workshop for KWO Project Coordinators and Project Assistants Successfully Completed

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On May 5 – 9, 2014 KWO successfully conducted a Capacity Building Workshop for 26 Project Coordinators and Assistants. The workshop focused on project cycle management and accounting procedures and was lead by KWO’s Education program coordinator. The participants learned about staff management, defined their job descriptions, and how to conduct project monitoring and evaluation. They also learned about KWO finance procedures which included how to manage finance and keep financial records. All of the participants said that they felt more empowered and knowledgeable after this workshop. They now feel more confident in their skills as project coordinators and assistants.

With equality for all, the union will be stronger

Naw K’nyaw Paw, Secretary of the Karen Women’s Organization, describes her work to empower women and explains the Karen people’s decades-long struggle for equality in Myanmar.

I am a refugee from Karen state in southeastern Burma. My parents fled Burma after the government started what they called the ‘Four Cuts’ strategy against ethnic armed groups in the late 1970s, which meant cutting off villagers’ food, supplies and communications in order to isolate them. The army was fighting against the Karen National Union (KNU) and kept attacking our areas. The situation was so difficult for my parents – they couldn’t survive there, so they fled to the Thai-Burma border.

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I was born along the Salween River on the border between Thailand and Burma. I grew up between the two countries, going back and forth across the border. Mostly my parents stayed in Burma, but Continue reading

Karen Sign Language (KSL) Volumes 1 to 7

The Karen Women’s Organization’s Special Education Project works to positively impact the lives of children with special needs and advocate on their behalf to achieve basic rights. One way KWO’s SE Project is working towards this goal is through the creation of the Karen Sign Language (KSL). There are currently 7 volumes of KSL. Volumes 1 -5 were produced by World Education. World Education then handed over the SE project to KWO in 2007. KWO has now produced volumes 6 and 7 of KSL through a collaborative effort of KWO SE project staff, former deaf students, SE teachers and trainers. All the volumes that KWO has produced include NEW signs. These words never had a sign in KSL before, so they could not be used in communication. Thanks to the hard work of KWO’s SE team, communication in Karen for those who are deaf has improved and diversified.
KWO SE staff, in town and in camps, will continue to create new signs and produce KSL videos in the future. We hope that these videos will be a helpful resource for the community (deaf and non-deaf) and aid in positively impacting the lives of the members of the Karen community who are deaf.

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Karen Sign Language KSL Vol 1

Karen Sign Language KSL Vol 2

Karen Sign Language KSL Vol 3

Karen Sign Language KSL Vol 4

Karen Sign Language KSL Vol 5

Karen Sign Language KSL Vol 6

Karen Sign Language KSL Vol 7