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: €16,280 ($17,570)
Total Beneficiaries:20
 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 2021 – April 2022): 16.700 CHF
  • Sandra Vontobel-Niklaus and Yves Vontobel (May 2020 – April 2021): 15.000 CHF
  • 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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𝗙𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗬𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗦 𝗘𝗡𝗚𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗛 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗖𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗘𝗦 𝗦𝗨𝗣𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧 𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗠 𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗚-𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗠 𝗦𝗣𝗢𝗡𝗦𝗢𝗥

Our close friend and sponsor Gerard de Blok visited Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) on 8 October. He has been a sponsor for KJSRC English evening classes since 2019. When Gerard saw our blog post about Catherine Keyl and Sallo's interview on Dutch television, he contacted us.

He met all 11 teachers and had a light-hearted, but very useful discussion about current education matters. Gerard also asked what the aspirations of the rather young teachers are. He remarked:

“There was of course some hilarity, but it showed that these young people are down to earth, recognise their position in society and are determined to make the best of it. There may still be many obstacles to overcome, but they are not running away from these”..

Many thanks to Gerard de Blok for taking the time for this visit and for supporting our work. We're so glad when our supporters can see exactly where their money is spent and the beneficial impact it has.

More info about the project he supports: philanthropyconnections.org/project/stipend-for-english-teachers

#KJSRC #Sponsors #EnglishEveningClass #EducationinRefugeeCamp
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Our close friend and sponsor Gerard de Blok visited Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) on 8 October. He has been a sponsor for KJSRC English evening classes since 2019. When Gerard saw our blog post about Catherine Keyl and Sallos interview on Dutch television, he contacted us.
He met all 11 teachers and had a light-hearted, but very useful discussion about current education matters. Gerard also asked what the aspirations of the rather young teachers are. He remarked:
“There was of course some hilarity, but it showed that these young people are down to earth, recognise their position in society and are determined to make the best of it. There may still be many obstacles to overcome, but they are not running away from these”..
Many thanks to Gerard de Blok for taking the time for this visit and for supporting our work. Were so glad when our supporters can see exactly where their money is spent and the beneficial impact it has.
More info about the project he supports: https://philanthropyconnections.org/project/stipend-for-english-teachers
#KJSRC #Sponsors #EnglishEveningClass #EducationinRefugeeCamp

𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗧 𝗚𝗜𝗙𝗧𝗦 𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗠 𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗦, 𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗘𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗗 𝗪𝗜𝗧𝗛 𝗔 𝗟𝗢𝗧 𝗢𝗙 𝗦𝗠𝗜𝗟𝗘𝗦 🙂

In September, our colleagues Sompoi Chanya Akira and Krist Inmanee delivered donations in kind, such as clothes and toys to Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp.

As you can see from the pictures, both the kids and the adults were thrilled. They are grateful for the presents and for the fact that people care about them. Thanks to all donors for the wonderful gifts.

Read more about the project here: philanthropyconnections.org/partner/kjsrc

#kjsrc #donations
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𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗧 𝗚𝗜𝗙𝗧𝗦 𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗠 𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗦, 𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗘𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗗 𝗪𝗜𝗧𝗛 𝗔 𝗟𝗢𝗧 𝗢𝗙 𝗦𝗠𝗜𝗟𝗘𝗦 🙂
In September, our colleagues Sompoi and Krist delivered donations in kind, such as clothes and toys to Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp.
As you can see from the pictures, both the kids and the adults were thrilled. They are grateful for the presents and for the fact that people care about them. Thanks to all donors for the wonderful gifts.
Read more about the project here: https://philanthropyconnections.org/partner/kjsrc
#KJSRC #Donations

𝗥𝗘𝗕𝗨𝗜𝗟𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗔 𝗖𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗥𝗢𝗢𝗠 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗨𝗚𝗘𝗘 𝗖𝗔𝗠𝗣 𝗦𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦

11 teachers, on a very small stipend, teach 8 evening English classes to 90 children from the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) and the nearby community.

The classroom for grade 6 English lessons was in very bad repair - its old wooden and bamboo structure was collapsing - and the camp asked for help.

Luckily a long-time supporter, Hans Elzas who had already sponsored the rebuilding of the main hall in 2018, stepped up to help out. And not just monetarily. During his visit to the camp, he actively lent a hand in its construction.

Thank you again Hans Elzas for your support!

#kjsrc #sponsor #eveningenglishclass

#educationinrefugeecamp
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𝗥𝗘𝗕𝗨𝗜𝗟𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗔 𝗖𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗥𝗢𝗢𝗠 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗨𝗚𝗘𝗘 𝗖𝗔𝗠𝗣 𝗦𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦 
11 teachers, on a very small stipend, teach 8 evening English classes to 90 children from the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) and the nearby community.
The classroom for grade 6 English lessons was in very bad repair - its old wooden and bamboo structure was collapsing - and the camp asked for help.
Luckily a long-time supporter, Hans Elzas who had already sponsored the rebuilding of the main hall in 2018, stepped up to help out. And not just monetarily. During his visit to the camp, he actively lent a hand in its construction.
Thank you again Hans Elzas for your support!
#KJSRC #sponsor #EveningEnglishClass
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