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.

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Most recent activity: Knowledge and information sharing

Our Coordinator, Aung Sun Myint Steven, introduces the information sharing

Our Coordinator, Aung Sun Myint Steven, introduces the information sharing

Many of our students have known nothing outside of the camp’s boundaries for their whole life. It is common that ethnic students along the border to have precious little knowledge of news and current affairs. For our SDC students, we aim to change that. This month, students on SDC’s basic course were introduced to a new activity: Information sharing. Beginning on the basic course, this year, every Friday, our students will present information about current news either in Burma or internationally to their fellow students. The students will present their information, individually, and each week different students will be selected to provide information. We believe this activity will both further our students’ knowledge of the world around them as well as provide a valuable opportunity to improve their public speaking and presentation skills. The activity fits in well with our school policy of providing learner centered activities for our students. This activity will also soon be implemented on the SDC Advanced Community Management Training Course.

One of our SDC students presents information to her classmates.

One of our SDC students presents information to her classmates.


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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