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.

Building Women’s Empowerment:Adobe Style !

Building Knowledge: Karen women will learn skills to build their own adobe style training center. The center will be used to train Karen women on how to build their own houses, adobe style!
Building Confidence: Empowering women to design and build their own adobe houses will boost their confidence and strength. Through this process, they will not only challenge themselves physically, but they will also challenge traditional gender assumptions.
Building Community: The building process creates community which can lead to further building collaboration among participants. The participants will take their skills and go on to build with adobe in their own communities inside Burma.
 
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Myanmar/Burma Indigenous Network for Education (MINE) Response to Myanmar Education Laws

INVITATION TO PRESS CONFERENCE (MINE) BURMESE Version;

INVITATION TO PRESS CONFERENCE (MINE) English Version;

K_MINE_RESPONSE_EDU_LAWS_NARRATIVE English Version;

K_MINE_Response_Edu_Law_Burmese Version;

K_MINE_RESPONSE_EDU_LAWS_TABLE_Burmese Version;

K_MINE_RESPONSE_EDU_LAWS_TABLE English Version;

Transforming Peacebuilding: Can the Internationals Put the Locals First?

A group in northern Rwanda uses community-based sociotherapy to bridge deep rifts created by the 1994 genocide. (Insight on Conflict)

Despite so many efforts to make internationally designed peacebuilding and development projects sustainable after the outsiders have left, international NGOs and donors still struggle to realize the goal of “local ownership” in practice. Now, a new approach called “local first,” led by the UK-based organization Peace Direct, aims to go beyond efforts to merely transfer ownership of a program to a local organization—it seeks to put local people in the lead.

Carolyn Hayman, chief executive of Peace Direct, spoke to the Global Observatory about what this means in practice, how it can deliver powerful results, and how international donors and peacebuilding organizations can adapt. What follows is an edited version of the interview, conducted by Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, policy analyst at the International Peace Institute.

What is a “local first” approach?

“Local first” really works on three principles: that Continue reading

KPSN Critique of Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Blueprint for Development in Southeastern Burma/Myanmar

English Version (Full Report)

Burmese Version (Full Report)

Karen Version ( Brief Report)

English Version ( Brief Report)

Burmese Version ( Brief Report)

Chairperson of Karen Women’s Organization Speech on Karen’s Martyr Day 2014 Karen Version

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KWO Chairperson Speech for Martyr Day 2014 Karen Version

2014-15 Special Education (SE) Project Activities

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For the 2014-15 project year, there are 420 students in 7 camps, 142 SE staff in camp and 11 SE town based staff members. So far in this project year, the SE project has done many activities.

In April 2014, for two weeks, the SE project coordinator attended a training at Khom Loy Development Foundation about basic Montessori. The project coordinator will take the skills and knowledge she gained from the trianing and give similar trainings to SE town based staff and SE teachers in camp. Continue reading

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:
Creating Peace project staff held community consultations Continue reading

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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