Welcome to the Karenni Social Development Center

Using strategies of non-violent change, we hope to give Karenni people freedom..We are a small community based organisation located on the Thai-Burma border. Our goal is to protect the environment in our state and promote the human rights of the long suffering Karenni people. Furthermore we aim to build a new society based upon the rule of the law. On this website, we provide information about our organisation, our activities, our monthly publications and opportunities to support our work.

Thank you for showing an interest in our community!

Lastest News: Flooding damages SDC school


One of our classrooms after the flood

FLASH FLOOD: On Wednesday 26th August 2014, one of our school campuses suffered serious damage and some classrooms were destroyed due to a flash flood in Karenni Refugee Camp 1. We also lost books, tables, chairs, 2  whiteboards, a video camera, a TV satellite dish and other useful materials.


Education is a right but refugees in Karenni Refugee Camp 1 face many challenges to receive it. These challenges include security challenges due to the policies of the country they reside in: Thailand. They also include environmental challenges due to weather.


During rainy reason flooding is always a risk but the recent flood was more serious than previous ones. The flood destroyed one classroom entirely. This has left students and teachers without a place to use for their lessons.


This flash flood has also had a serious effect on many organisations within the camp as well as the day to day life of the over 12,000 refugees residing in the camp. Many of our community have suffered hurt, distress and worry from this natural disaster.


We are now calling for any donations to support the purchase of replacement materials. Please refer to our donations page for instructions on how to donate.


The Karenni Social Development Center (SDC) provides access to a successful training program with classes in Human Rights, Democracy, law, environment, computer, and English. SDC trains young refugees to become advocates in non-violent social change.

SDC is supported by grants from American Jewish World Service, Refugees International Japan, Open Society Institute and is recognized by Burma Volunteer Programs. We are a partner organisation of EarthRights International and our advanced course is conducted jointly with them.  The Curriculum Project and Mote Oo Education provide in-kind donations of textbooks.

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2 Responses to Welcome to the Karenni Social Development Center

  1. Frankie Southall says:

    Good Morning.

    I’m planning my trip from England to Thailand from November, I’m incredibly keen to Volunteer and feel that I could be exactly what you’re looking for. I don’t have a TEFL however I do have a degree in Marketing and an A grade in English at A Level.

    Could you help me please?

    Thank you!


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