Follow up Updates on KWO Need Assessments in Htee Thay Khee and Naw Hta Villages

KWO conducted a need assessment in Htee Thay Khee and Naw Hta, between the 18 – 20 Sept 2016. The total number of IDPs is 530 and they are from Ler Peh Dea,Jay Baw Klo, Thay Kaw, Poe Chit Lea, Nya Mer Tay Hta, Oo Moo Kee and Mae Wah village.The latest number of newly displaced people in Htee Thay Khee is 146 people from 25 families, Naw Hta is 193 from 30 families and in Mae Law Hta is 16 people from 3 families and Mae Tha Waw is 175 people from 38 families.

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The villagers are in urgent need of food, clothing, pots, pans, plates, plastic sheets, water containers, shoes, blankets, mats, mosquito nets and other personal hygiene packages. For the moment this displaced people received some dried foods and clothing from the individuals donation. KWO is coordinating with other Karen CBOs and individuals to response to this emergency situations.

There has been serious fighting in the Mae Tha Waw area of Hpa An District. The Burma Army-proxy Border Guard Force (BGF) attacked a faction of the DKBA and since then the conflict has been going on throughout September.

 

If you interested to contribute please contact KWO at kwocentral@gmail.com or call KWO Emergency Relief Contact Person Naw Paw K’Yeh Moo at 66  857309056 for more information. 

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KWO Message on International Day of Peace 21 September, 2016 Karen Version

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In recognition of International Day of Peace on the 21 September, 2016 we, KWO would like to share our message with everyone and hope to see “Genuine and Sustainable Peace” in Burma soon. KWO main theme for this year is ” Sustainable Peace , need genuine women’s participation”.

Please see KWO Message in Karen for more information.

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KWO Conducted Need Assessment at Mae Tha Waw Areas

Recent fighting between the DKBA and BGF broke out on 2 September 2016 forcing more than 4000 people to run for safety in the Myaing Gyi Ngu Monestery   On 18th September a few KWO Senior staff went to Htee Thay Khee and Naw Tar Villages to assess the needs of the villagers in the Mae Tha Waw areas.There are 32 families with a total of 194 people, more than half children under 17 years old. Their urgent needs are household and kitchen materials, food, clothing, plastic covers for roofing, shoes, mosquitoes nets and other things.  We will continue to update people and work on serving these people.

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KWO Message on Karen’s Whist Tying Celebration ( Karen Version)

KWO Message on Karen’s Whist Tying Day Celebration in Karen Language

Valuable Words of President Saw Ba U Gyi! Karen and Burmese Version

In memory of all our Karen Martyrs on this special day, We want to share with you all the valuable words of our President Saw Ba U Gyi!

President Saw Ba U Gyi words Pamphlet Karen and Burmese Version

Naw K’nyaw Paw, Secretary of KWO Interviewed by RFA Karen Language TV Program Regarding “21st Century Panglong Conference”

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On 15th-16th July, 2016 , Karen Peace Support Network(KPSN) successfully conducted meeting with a total of approximately 30 participants to discuss about strengthening peace support network within Karen community.

Most of the discussion based on the current political issues and peace process updates including the new civilian government of Burma announcement on conducting “21st Century Panglong Conference”.

After two whole days meeting , KPSN came up with priority issues and specific action plans which will strengthen and support the peace process and ensure the voice of Karen community being heard in “21st Century Panglong Conference”.

KWO Special Education Project Changing Lives – Changing Communities

Saw Moo Ler Poe is 6 years old and lives in Umpiem refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border. In 2011 he was suffering from severe malnutrition and multiple disabilities, including speech and developmental problems. That year he enrolled in the KWO Special Education project. When he first came to us, he couldn’t turn his body or move around and resisted joining in the activities with his Special Education (SE) teacher and other children. Like many teachers around the world, the KWO teacher didn’t give up. She continued to work with him during home visits and specially designed play sessions. These changed his life. In 2014 he began coming to small group learning sessions at the Special Education Centre everyday. Now he joins activities with other children, can walk, eat, drink, and clean himself. He likes to sing, dance, and come to school every day. During story time he pays attention, looking at the pictures as he listens to the story. Saw Moo Ler Poe loves to color in and do other art. His speech is still limited but he uses facial expressions and gestures to communicate with the teachers and other people. He’s one story among many of the big difference this program is making in people’s lives.

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The KWO Special Education project also works with parents to help them support their children. Saw Moo Ler Poe’s parents tell us all the time what a difference the project has made. They use the activities the SE teacher has shown them and it’s meant they have to spend less time taking care of him. Just the fact that he can eat by himself and wash up has made everything easier and better for him and them.

Saw Moo Ler Poe’s parents told us, “We used to have to take him to the doctor every month at least, but now he is much healthier. He’s developed so much. We are very grateful for all the support”

We are in desperate need of funding for this project for the coming year.  If you can give please do.

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KWO Calls for Action on International Women’s day, 2016

KWO Calls for Actions on 8th March, 2016: Pledge for Parity ( Pamphlet in Karen Version) 

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KWO Marks International Women’s Day

Thousands of Karen people joined KWO in celebrating International Women’s Day in 8 sites in both the refugee camps and inside Karen State Burma.  KWO marked the day by calling for the Government of Burma, the Karen National Union and other EAO’s to meet their commitments to women and include them in decision making roles in the peace process.  It’s time for parity.