Beneficiaries in the projects we fund continue to show amazing resilience despite the continuing challenges. The projects we fund are all in protracted crises where there is little hope of returning home.
We are encouraged to hear of stories about those who have benefited from projects being able to give back to their community and enable others to gain a degree of independence.
On the Thai-Myanmar border most of the camps are in lock-down due to the COVID pandemic but projects continue through the leadership of project graduates.
Two stories demonstrate this ripple effect.
One student who graduated from Karenni Social Development Center (KSDC) having studied Human Rights, Environment, and Rule of Law went on to be a teacher at KSDC. He says “I will take what I have learned in this school and I will help my community as I can. I will go inside Karenni State and give awareness training to the people”. He meets with community leaders who have power or responsibility, providing awareness training to help others.
He continued: “Now, in our Karenni society, most of the people know about human rights, environment, and rule of law because of our work. Now that I have learned about this, I'm going to share my knowledge with my community people who do not know it.”
A young mother living in Karen state, Myanmar has had to move several times as soldiers ransack villages. She received a baby kit through the Maternal Health project and learnt how to care for herself and her children. She said: She said “I am very happy that I joined the awareness raising session and I can share this information with other women so that it will help other babies. There are still stereotypes in our community, which will need constant health awareness raising to reduce this kind of wrong thinking.“
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