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!

Most recent event: SDC free and fair election campaign

Free and fair electionDuring the campaign, our trainers traveled to five different villages to share information and distribute leaflets to the wider pubic about free and fair elections and democratic processes.


The purpose of this campaign was to raise awareness within Karenni State of what a free and fair election is and how to participate. This is in anticipation of the election scheduled for the end of 2015 in Burma.


Our trainers traveled to 5 villages in 5 different districts. In each village, they organised a plan in advance with the village head. They then ran a training to explain about free and fair elections. The trainings were very important because many people in Karenni State are illiterate so they are unable to read our brochures.


The trainings were held between 9 and 12 on five different mornings. Each one of the trainings had between 50 and 80 participants. During the trainings our team spoke about many different topics. They introduced democracy and spoke about; electing representatives and leaders; knowledge of the political situation; knowledge of political parties; knowledge of political processes; explanation of the importance of a free and fair election; and details about the scheduled 2015 election in Burma.

Presenting about free and fair elections

One of our trainers shares with his audience


After the trainings, there was a lunch and an open discussion. In some villages, villagers expressed surprise that our organisation only wanted to provide information about how to participate in elections and their importance. They said political parties had come to their village and promised to build roads or give them electricity if they voted for them.

Distributing free and fair election leaflets

A member of our team distributes leaflets


In addition to the trainings, our team also distributed leaflets throughout Karenni State with the help of our alumni network. Our team gave out 900 leaflets. These leaflets included details about why we have free elections, the responsibility of the government and the citizens.


Overall the campaign went smoothly although our team did have to cancel one training. Our team were scheduled to go to train in one further village. This training had to be cancelled because the Burmese military was running artillery exercises close to the village.


We are very pleased with the completion of our free and fair election campaign. It is very satisfying to know that the community inside Karenni State now has access to more information on free and fair elections and an increased ability to participate in political life.


Our trainers and audience stand for a photo together after a successful training


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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6 Responses to Welcome to the Karenni Social Development Center

  1. sinade says:

    Hi there im from the uk im looking to do some charity aboard…..teaching english or working outdoors with animals….im hard working very down to earth…ready to start working straight away x


    • sdcthailand says:

      Hi Sinade, Thank you for your interest in our organisation. We are currently looking for volunteers English teachers with a starting date of April 1st. Please complete an application form and send it to our E-Mail address. Details can be found in the volunteer section of this website.

      Kind regards,

      Andy Smith
      Karenni Social Development Center


  2. Tee Reh says:

    Hi! My name is Tee Reh. I came from Camp1 and live in United States for a bout seven years now. I am in my third year of biology student in University of Massachusetts Boston. Is there any opportunity for me to get involve or become a volunteer because I desperately want to go back there to help?
    Thank you,


  3. Howard says:

    we have volunteers and donation for you please contact us at info@wwoofthailand.com
    and visit our website http://www.wwoofthailand.com . We would also like to support a Burma chapter ofr WWOOF.


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