ELDERLY CARE

The Elderly Care Project was established in Ei Tu Hta (IDP) camp in April 2007. This project has grown from supporting an initial 26 elderly people in the camp, to over 170 today.

In other camps, KWO staff and members continue to offer moral support and encouragement to the elderly. Funded Elderly Care Projects are run in those camps by other NGOs.

Bi-monthly gatherings and care package distribution:

KWO provided nutritional food and hygiene packs for elderly people over the age of 70 years who do not have relatives or whose families cannot afford to provide for their basic needs. Packages included food (milk, sugar, biscuits, Milo) and hygiene products (soap, laundry powder).

The packs were distributed every two months at gatherings organised by KWO. Each event is attended by between 70 and 80 elderly people. Those who cannot attend (because they are unable to move far from home) have packs brought to them by family members or KWO staff in the camp.

The gatherings are also an opportunity for group discussion and sharing.

 

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About Karen Women Organisation

The Karen Women Organisation was formed in 1949 and has a membership of over 64,100 women. KWO is a community-based organisation of Karen women working in development and relief in the refugee camps on the Thai border and with IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and women inside Burma. Since our formation in 1949 we have expanded our focus from one of purely social welfare to try to encourage an awareness of Women's Rights and to promote women’s participation in the community decision making and political processes. The objectives of the KWO  To assist women in the endeavour to be free from all forms of oppression.  To promote and empower women in all spheres of life, including education and general living standards.  To encourage women to participate in the struggle for freedom, democracy and equality.  To develop women's knowledge, ability and skills, including political and organizational skills.  To achieve the rights of women and equal status with men.  To promote and maintain Karen culture and traditions.  To improve the well-being of women and children and to increase their access to adequate health, education and welfare services. KWO aims to empower women through offering various capacity building trainings to teach skills, build confidence and create new opportunities so that women will be better able to solve problems. We are working hard to educate ourselves and our communities so that we can work more effectively and advocate for our struggle on the international stage. We believe that women’s contribution is an essential factor in the peace-building and national reconciliation processes of Burma.