KWO seeks to provide a safe shelter and support services within the Karen refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border for needy and vulnerable women and children, especially survivors of sexual or gender based violence (SGBV). In 2009 – 2010, KWO operated 11 safe houses in 7 camps. KWO safe houses provide a temporary place of shelter for women or girls who have suffered violence, and for any of their children who need it. The safe houses main target are women and children who have been victims of SGBV however, we also provide temporary shelter to any woman and child in trouble, and who might be as such, more vulnerable to abuse. In 2009 and 2010 safe houses provided protection in non-SGBV cases of women and girls who were unaccompanied, mentally ill, disabled or elderly.