KWO is pleased to provide our 2011/12-update report including programs currently running in the community, challenges and successes, financial reports, KWO special activities and a Call to Action. One thing that remains true throughout KWO’s 28 years of service is our commitment to the Empowerment, Equality, and Freedom of all Karen women. Thank you to KWO staff, leaders, members, volunteers, community members, partner organizations and funders who help make KWO successful!
KWO initially provided Literacy classes for beginners and Non-formal education classes for the newly literate in 5 refugee camps in Thailand and in Ei Tu Hta IDP camp in Karen State. In recent years, demand for these classes was decreasing. The reasons were not very clear but we received reports from community members that participants had no income and wanted jobs; were resettled; were not interested in learning; had family or health problems; or were busy looking after children. Due to these dwindling numbers, in 2010, KWO stopped providing Literacy classes in 4 of the camps and stopped the Non-formal Education program altogether. The Literacy program is continuing in Umphiem and Noh Poe camps where the interest in the program is still strong. In those camps, men and women from non-Karen ethnic groups have also joined the literacy classes to learn the Karen language so that they can speak with and find jobs with Karen people in the camp.