Karenni Social Development Center
Building a new society for Karenni
February 2017 Newsletter
“The vision of the Social Development Center is to promote the lives of the people who have suffered human rights abuses, to teach non-violent skills to build up a new society, to develop the rule of law, to value human dignity and to protect the environment”
This month at SDC
by Principal Myar Reh

Though February is one of the shortest months on the books, it is not short on learning here at the Karenni Social Development Center. This month saw another busy time of studying English, Computer, Human Rights, Gender Perspectives, Environmental Rights, Rule of Law, Democracy, and the Social Sciences. 

February is a very important month for our Basic Course. It is our last full month of learning before we start final exams and graduation preparation. We are focused on producing our most advanced work, and doing a comprehensive review of what we have learned over the last 9 months. 

Inside camp we are busy recruiting for the 2017-18 Basic Course and the 2017 Advanced Community Management Training Course; both of which start in June. Students fill out applications, take placement tests, and interview for admittance. For more information of what we did this month, read on below...
Student Presentations and Conversation Practice
Top left: Some impressive artwork for our "This is my friend" presentations; Top right: Public speaking and presentation skills on display; Bottom left and right: Students practice their telephone conversation skills for formal and informal settings. 
An updated, organized library to grow our collection of English, Karenni, and Burmese Books. Phase II will involve another shelf, and more books...
Principal Khu Myar Reh recruits for the 2017-18 Basic Course that will start in June and run for roughly 10 months, until their graduation in 2018. Students at the high school inside Karenni Camp 1 hear about the program, and find out the process for applying, testing, and acceptance. Just over 50 students will be chosen to take part in KSDC's Basic Course. 
Teachers of KSDC
Teacher Pa Pa Mo lives inside Karenni Refugee Camp 1. She is not only the teacher for Gender Perspectives, she lives with the students in the boarding house for those who are here at KSDC without their family close by. Thank you Pa Pa Moe for your dedication and hard work.
Teacher Tasha started teaching with us in mid January. She loves teaching at SDC so much that she has decided to stay with us through the end of May. We are grateful to have such an enthusiastic and gifted teacher decide to extend her stay here for a few months longer.
Teacher Martha has been teaching with us since January. She was only planning on volunteering for a month, but as the story goes, she just couldn't help but wanting to stay. She will be here until Basic Course Graduation on the 29th of March. We are lucky to have kept her a bit longer.
Our Volunteer Coordinator Matt introduces the family tree and characters for our Friday movie; The Lion King! Every Friday we watch a movie in English, with English subtitles, so students can practice listening to and reading English in a non-classroom environment.
These two pictures (above and below) may look like a beautiful anomaly of nature. In reality they are evidence of a tainted water source vital to the community. We discovered someone had dumped paint into the river, and all over the rocks. Keeping the community from utilizing this precious resource, and damaging the ecosystem that sustains life in the river.
This lucky lizard found a place to not only bask in the sun, but also catch some lovely views of the fields and mountains.
All Around SDC
Two students leading the way for some swimming lessons, cliff jumping, and hanging out upstream near the waterfall and swimming hole.
Our garden (above and below) is ever-expanding, ever-fruitful, and ever-abundant. The students work hard keeping this plot planted, watered, and safe from our seed stealing chickens. There seems to be a new edition to our fresh produce each week, and therefore to our deliciously fresh student prepared meals. 
About SDC

SDC is located in Karenni Refugee Camp 1 on the Thai-Myanmar border. It was founded in 2002 by three alumni of EarthRights School Burma (ERSB), who wanted to provide young people with the opportunity to learn about Law, Democracy and the Environment.

Since its formation, SDC has produced over 300 human rights and environmental activists. Coordinator and co-founder Aung Sun Myint continues to work with our team to realize the vision he set out with his fellow ERSB alumni in 2002.
Help us achieve our goals
To achieve the goals and the promise we made in our mission statement we rely on many avenues of support. Core organizational and project funding comes from our main donors. We are also supported by our community, local staff and volunteers from around the world.

All of us here at SDC would like to thank our core funders:

The Open Society Institute
Refugees International Japan
American Jewish World Services

We would also like to thank our partners:

EarthRights International
The Curriculum Project
Mote Oo Education

We still need support to continue doing the work we do. If you are able to support us financially or with advice or expertise please contact us using the links below.

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