Nursery School Fundraising

The Children in Nursery Schools in Karen State in Burma need your help. Education is important for people all over the world and Karen communities in Burma work hard to ensure education for their young children, despite long-standing abuses by the Burmese army. In Burma, education is woefully underfunded. The average length of schooling is just four years. In areas that are dominated by ethnic minorities the average education level is lower and the poverty higher. However, the Karen people have demonstrated a huge commitment to the children’s education, knowing that a good education will help pave the path to a better future for their children.

DSC04296Karen communities work together to gather building materials, construct schools, and volunteer to run schools so that young children have a safe, fun learning environment. This shows the incredible commitment to education that these communities have in the face of hardship.

The Karen Women’s Organization supports these community schools and the children in them through money we have received through grants. Although schools are constructed and managed by communities, KWO provides some funding for school supplies, teacher’s salaries, teacher training, basic hygiene supplies, and lunch. These schools are successful that more and more communities are implementing them.

Nursery Schools work to provide a daily lunch to over 3,800 children. Many of these children come from impoverished families that cannot always afford nutritious food for their children. In the last year, due to higher enrollment, KWO was unable to provide enough funding for daily lunch for all students, forcing some schools to do the daily meals to only twice per week. This is where you come in. Last year, KWO was able to raise over 100,000 Thai baht for the Nursery School lunches. This year we are hoping to match that amount and even increase it.

Please help support the KWO Nursery Schools Project to ensure that young Karen children receive the food they need. Just $25 USD will feed a child for an entire year. The Karen community has been disrupted by years of war but the commitment and strength of the Karen people to a better future is undeniable. Help KWO build that better future.

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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.