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

What's Been Happening Recently

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𝗦𝗔𝗙𝗘𝗧𝗬 𝗧𝗛𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗚𝗛 𝗦𝗢𝗟𝗔𝗥 𝗣𝗢𝗪𝗘𝗥 𝗟𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗦

As Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp is regarded as only a temporary solution for refugees fleeing the violence in their country, the camp is not connected to the local electricity grid. As a result, children often walk back home in the dark. Thanks to Bike Tour Asia, their path home is now illuminated.

Six Solar Panel Auto-Lights (SPAL) have been installed, and the SPALs will last for at least three years with a one-year warranty. This will benefit everyone in the camp, especially the children returning from evening English classes. Everybody will be safe from poisonous animals, they will not slip during the rainy season, and they will feel safe at night even if their houses have no light.

Here is a video of the students first walk under the light 💡

#kjsrc #lightforeducation #rideforlife #refugees
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𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗚 𝗥𝗜𝗗𝗘 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗔 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗧𝗛𝗬 𝗖𝗔𝗨𝗦𝗘 🏍💡

On 4th February 2023, Bike Tour Asia visited the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) and all the riders contributed to the solar lamp project on this trip, which will enhance the safety on the dusty road in the camp from poisonous animals and allow students to safely walk home after their English evening classes.

The riders were given a tour of the camp and discussed ways to provide further support, such as purchasing new tables, providing computers, and installing more solar cell lights.

KJSRC is a home for approximately 300 refugees who have escaped the internal armed conflict in Burma. Despite being displaced from their homes, the people of Koung Jor are making the best of their situation and work to improve their opportunities in any way they can.

Thank you to Bike Tour Asia for organising the tour and to the riders for their contributions to the project and for their continued support!

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

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𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗚 𝗥𝗜𝗗𝗘 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗔 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗧𝗛𝗬 𝗖𝗔𝗨𝗦𝗘 🏍💡
On 4th February 2023, Bike Tour Asia visited the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KJSRC) and all the riders contributed to the solar lamp project on this trip, which will enhance the safety on the dusty road in the camp from poisonous animals and allow students to safely walk home after their English evening classes.
The riders were given a tour of the camp and discussed ways to provide further support, such as purchasing new tables, providing computers, and installing more solar cell lights.
KJSRC is a home for approximately 300 refugees who have escaped the internal armed conflict in Burma. Despite being displaced from their homes, the people of Koung Jor are making the best of their situation and work to improve their opportunities in any way they can.
Thank you to Bike Tour Asia for organising the tour and to the riders for their contributions to the project and for their continued support!
Read more about the project here: https://philanthropyconnections.org/partner/kjsrc
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good news for people in the camp

𝗔 𝗕𝗨𝗦𝗬 𝗗𝗔𝗬 𝗪𝗜𝗧𝗛 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗡𝗟 𝗔𝗠𝗕𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗔𝗗𝗢𝗥

H.E. Mr. Remco van Wijngaarden, the Dutch Ambassador to Thailand (Embassy of the Netherlands in Thailand), recently spent a whirlwind day with us. Starting at 6:00 am with a long drive to the KJSRC camp in northern Thailand, and finishing with a reception for the Dutch Community in Chiang Mai.

It means a great deal to a small organisation like us to have the Ambassador spend so much time with us. We look forward to seeing him again soon!
#thenlembassy #krjsrc

Thank you Jake Mooney for producing this wonderful video.
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Keep up the good work Sallo. You are the most dedicated and committed person I know.

Always proud of your works! Cheers!

Great work Sallo!

beautiful r🌱

Fantastisch🥰

Beautiful with love ❤️ 😘🌹🙏

Werd dus goed besteed 👍

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