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


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.


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


  • 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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On 23rd December, long time supporter Mr. Hans van den Born, Executive Director of the NTCC - Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce, his wife Pui Chatchaya and their children visited Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (this is the third project Hans visited in the past 2 years).

As part of the visit Hans handed over the THB 20.000 raised at the NTCC Christmas lunch to Sai Vijit, the camp’s Education Coordinator, for the camp to use where they most need it.

Hans and his family came prepared - with toys and clothes they had collected for the 55 children in the camp.

We would like to thank Hans and the NTCC for all the support they have given us over the past few years.

Read more about the project here.

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While many parts of the world have returned to some kind of normalcy, the situation for refugees has not improved at the same rate.

Still faced with many obstacles to provide for their families, the Koung Jor refugee camp requested assistance with rice and cooking oil, which is essential to cook with.

In April 2020 we started supplying the camp with enough rice and oil for a month at a time, and in the last few months, just the oil they required.

Thanks to our general donors whose monthly contributions have helped us to continue to support so many, and to Niels Ammerlaan of Mind Tools who helped support the month of October.

Please keep these people in mind as they struggle to replace incomes they had pre-COVID.

More info about our projects with this refugee camp:

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❤ Doesn't everybody deserve a safe and caring place to grow up in? 💚

This is exactly what the Boarding House in Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp provides to currently 20 refugee children, often with no parents or family to turn to. Fortunately, the Boarding House has two caretakers and a cook who provide the children with all the support they need, and a safe and loving environment to live in.

More than that, the warmth and love that the staff provides, makes this small community into a family, with all the children caring for each other and helping them to become compassionate persons.

The children are taught the importance of education and how that contributes to a successful future. The boarding house ensures that they gain essential life skills and receive a quality education in the local schools. All this so that they grow into independent, capable young adults.

A big thank you to our generous friends and sponsors Sandra Vontobel-Niklaus and Yves Vontobel. We're so thrilled that these children can live in a safe environment and go to school, despite the many challenges they face.

To find out more about this project:

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