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:23
 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 2022 – April 2023): 16.600 CHF
  • 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

What's Been Happening Recently

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𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝘁 𝗞𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗝𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽 (𝗞𝗝𝗦𝗥𝗖).

Last month, our project team, Adam and Earth, visited KJSRC with the goal of enhancing our coordination efforts for greater consistency. Their primary focus was to provide crucial updates on the camp's general conditions, covering aspects like air quality, water, daily life, and education. Moreover, they delved into the lives of Boarding House students and teachers involved in the Stipend for English Teachers project, aiming for a comprehensive understanding of their challenges and needs. Beyond assessment, Adam and Earth aimed to enhance educational practices and safety awareness within the camp. Their specific goals ranged from classroom management training to advocating for safety measures like helmet usage.

Through their efforts, we're striving to improve project implementation and ensure the holistic growth of the camp's residents.

#KJSRC #communitysupport #refugee
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𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝘁 𝗞𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗝𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽 (𝗞𝗝𝗦𝗥𝗖).
Last month, our project team, Adam and Earth, visited KJSRC with the goal of enhancing our coordination efforts for greater consistency. Their primary focus was to provide crucial updates on the camps general conditions, covering aspects like air quality, water, daily life, and education. Moreover, they delved into the lives of Boarding House students and teachers involved in the Stipend for English Teachers project, aiming for a comprehensive understanding of their challenges and needs. Beyond assessment, Adam and Earth aimed to enhance educational practices and safety awareness within the camp. Their specific goals ranged from classroom management training to advocating for safety measures like helmet usage.
Through their efforts, were striving to improve project implementation and ensure the holistic growth of the camps residents.
#KJSRC #CommunitySupport #RefugeeImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Sounds interesting he’s doing well

Well done guys. Comprehensive hands on PCF support as usual.

𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗔 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗢𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗼'𝘀 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁!

Thanks to Colengo for their generous donation of two large lockers for the children at the boarding house in Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (and for covering the transportation costs!) The children now have somewhere to safely store their belongings.

Sai Bee, the boarding house coordinator, took a few of the children with him to pick up the lockers so they could have a very rare trip to Chiang Mai. They had time for a trip to the zoo, followed by a stop at our office (which surprisingly they loved - videos to follow soon!).

Thank you, Colengo for making this special for them!

#colengo #KJSRC #gratitude #supporters #sponsor #Donor
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𝗟𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗔 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗢𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗼𝘀 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁!
Thanks to Colengo for their generous donation of two large lockers for the children at the boarding house in Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (and for covering the transportation costs!) The children now have somewhere to safely store their belongings. 
Sai Bee, the boarding house coordinator, took a few of the children with him to pick up the lockers so they could have a very rare trip to Chiang Mai. They had time for a trip to the zoo, followed by a stop at our office (which surprisingly they loved - videos to follow soon!). 
Thank you, Colengo for making this special for them!
#colengo #KJSRC #Gratitude #Supporters #sponsor #donorImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

𝗕𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝘀𝘁-𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗿𝘂𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗰𝘁! 🔑💰

After talking to Sai Vijit, the project manager at Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp, we realised how important it is to take care of textbooks and printing materials, especially with the rainy season coming up.

By using sustainable practices like weatherproofing we can reduce the need for constantly replacing books and materials. This eco-friendly approach doesn't just save money but also leads to better educational outcomes for students as they are not spending time fixing textbooks. 📚🌳

Every Euro we save is a Euro that can be invested into empowering more students and communities with education. Embracing cost-effectiveness allows us to maximise our impact. Join us in promoting sustainable solutions for #EducationForAll!

Thank you all for your support.

#EducationProgress #sustainability ]
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𝗕𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝘀𝘁-𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗿𝘂𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗰𝘁! 🔑💰 
After talking to Sai Vijit, the project manager at Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp, we realised how important it is to take care of textbooks and printing materials, especially with the rainy season coming up.
By using sustainable practices like weatherproofing we can reduce the need for constantly replacing books and materials. This eco-friendly approach doesnt just save money but also leads to better educational outcomes for students as they are not spending time fixing textbooks. 📚🌳
Every Euro we save is a Euro that can be invested into empowering more students and communities with education. Embracing cost-effectiveness allows us to maximise our impact. Join us in promoting sustainable solutions for #EducationForAll!
Thank you all for your support.
#EducationProgress #Sustainability ]Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment
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