Boarding house for Shan youth

Boarding house for Shan youth

Project Details

Project:Boarding house for Shan youth
Location: Piang Luang,
Sponsorship Started:2012
Duration:May 2012 - ongoing
Budget: €9,115 ($10,238)
Total Beneficiaries:18
 Children, Coordinator, Caretaker

Summary

In 2002 Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp was established next to the town of Piang Luang on the Thai-Burma border in northern Thailand. It is a close-knit community of over 400 Shan refugees. The camp has several facilities, including a boarding house for displaced Shan children between the ages of four to eighteen. Some of these children have lost their parents or their parents cannot take care of them due to dire financial situations.

The boarding house employs two caretakers and a cook who provide a safe environment for the children, offer emotional support and encourage the children to attend school.

While the boarding house provides a much-needed service to the community, the camp does not have the funds to help support the running costs of the boarding house. Without the boarding house and its staff, displaced children will be left homeless and at risk for not completing their education. In the absence of caretakers, boarding house children will face a number of additional risks, especially in an environment known for its high levels of child exploitation and trafficking.

In 2012, after funding from another organisation ran out, Philanthropy Connections was able to find a generous sponsor who agreed to fund the operational costs of the boarding house. The project still continues to this day.

Background

Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp has become ‘home’ to some 400 refugees who escaped the internal armed conflict in Burma. Some of these refugees are children who are alone and do not have family or parents to turn to.

Without a safe and caring place in which to grow up the chances of these children developing into independent and healthy adults are very slim.

The boarding house offers up to 20 children an environment that is as close to normal family life as possible. They attend local Thai schools and learn English, Shan, Burmese and computer skills at the camp in the evenings. They also help with the laundry, look after the vegetable gardens and have chores around the dormitories.

Goals and Results

Since 2012 Philanthropy Connections has found sponsors to fund the running costs of the boarding house that has provided disadvantaged children with shelter, support and the opportunity to pursue their education

Sponsors

  • Sandra Vontobel-Niklaus and Yves Vontobel (May 2019 – April 2020): 15.000 CHF
  • Sandra Vontobel-Niklaus and Yves Vontobel (May 2016 – April 2019): € 22.638
  • Helfen ohne Grenzen Schweiz – Switzerland (May 2012 – April 2016): € 21.264

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There are 13 teachers who teach 8 evening English classes to 120-130 children and youth of the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) and the nearby community.

Two of the classrooms were in terrible condition and no longer a safe place for the children. During a visit with his family, Hans van den Born from the NTCC - Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce handed over 20.000 Baht donated by NTCC members to the camp leader, Sai Leng. This generous donation was used to renovate one of the classrooms, while the camp community itself and PCF covered the balance.

The construction took only 6 days to complete with some of the teachers helping the construction workers. The wall, the doors, windows and pillars were replaced, and now all students are glad to have a better and safer learning environment.

We hope this will help them to create a better future for themselves.
#kjsrc #sponsor
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There are 13 teachers who teach 8 evening English classes to 120-130 children and youth of the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) and the nearby community.
Two of the classrooms were in terrible condition and no longer a safe place for the children. During a visit with his family, Hans van den Born from the NTCC - Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce handed over 20.000 Baht donated by NTCC members to the camp leader, Sai Leng. This generous donation was used to renovate one of the classrooms, while the camp community itself and PCF covered the balance.
The construction took only 6 days to complete with some of the teachers helping the construction workers. The wall, the doors, windows and pillars were replaced, and now all students are glad to have a better and safer learning environment.
We hope this will help them to create a better future for themselves. 
#KJSRC #sponsor

Comment on Facebook

Fantastic to see and greetings from your fellow NTCC community friends in Bangkok :-)

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This is the fourth year we've been working remotely with interns from Dutch University, NHL Stenden. And for the first time since COVID, students from the Netherlands (and Italy) were also able to come and study again in Thailand.

Their study includes visiting villages and communities in Chiang Mai, and with the long-standing connection between Stenden Thailand and PCF, what better idea than to join us on a visit to one of our projects, Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC).

When the 7 students heard about the KJSRC project, they came up with the great initiative to support our work there by raising funds among their friends and families, ultimately raising a total of € 921. This was matcheNHL Stendenenden to support the project with € 1.842!

Thank you to Lotte, Nellie, Veerle, Eline Vera, Eline, Bart and Francesco, and NHL Stenden, for your hard work and compassion. These funds will help to improve the condition of equipment and also go into improving other areas of the KJS#kjsrcp#sponsorC #Sponsor
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What a great story, we're happy our students could help!👏

Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity!

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The Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) provides 8 evening classes 5 days a week for 120-130 children from the camp and nearby community.

The courses are an essential component of their further education. It will help them to break free from the poverty cycle so associated with casual work and to find better employment later in life.

Many thanks to Gerard de Blok for funding this project for the third year! Your support is greatly appreciat#kjsrcK#englishclassClass
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The Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) provides 8 evening classes 5 days a week for 120-130 children from the camp and nearby community.
The courses are an essential component of their further education. It will help them to break free from the poverty cycle so associated with casual work and to find better employment later in life.
Many thanks to Gerard de Blok for funding this project for the third year! Your support is greatly appreciated.
#KJSRC #EnglishClass
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