This Go Fund Me Page is to support children’s education in Karen State after their school was destroyed in a targeted airstrike by the Burmese military. The Karen people are one the most persecuted group in Burma and have been fighting for self-autonomy for over 70 years.
Since the military coup in Burma in February 2021, the Burmese military has used excessive force to crack down on its own people in both urban and rural areas. Minority ethnic communities are suffering more than ever as the military attack, taking over their land and villages, and destroying livelihoods, families, schools and lives. For the Karen ethnic minority this comes on top of seven decades/seventy years of persecution/ oppression by the military.
In March 2021 Daebunoh village in Mutraw district of Karen state was targeted and struck by Burmese military air strikes. Homes were destroyed and villagers forced into hiding in the surrounding jungle. Many are now internally displaced with limited access to food and shelter.
The airstrikes also targeted and destroyed the district school! As the only provider of education to the surrounding villages, the impact of losing the school was devastating for the community. Honoring the importance of education for their children, the villagers worked together to rebuild a temporary school.
The community is now in desperate need of food and education aids so the children can continue their education. As young Australian Karen Leaders -ourselves coming from a refugee background- we also know the importance of education. We are aiming to raise funds to support education for the children in Mutraw. To do this we have developed a Go Fund Me Page seeking funds to contribute to the Karen Teachers Working Group, who will support/provide Karen education at the school. We believe this is important for the survival of our people as a minority ethnic community in the face of genocide by the Burmese Army.
This fundraising has been undertaken by members of the Young Adult Leadership Program (YALP) .
All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.