Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Karen YPD Medical Training program

As we reported in our previous post, the Covid crisis has hit Karen villages and communities in Myanmar very hard.

Sadly, many of those villages lack trained medical personnel able to care for patients suffering from Covid and other illnesses.

The Karen YPD has responded to this challenge by organising a one-month medical training program for young people from seven local villages.

Congratulations to the organisers, teachers and students who made this possible.

Thanks also to the Korean Hope Foundation (Marie Rhie) and Akasaa Malaysia (Angela Yap) for the financial support that made the program possible.


Monday, 13 September 2021

Urgent Covid campaign for YPD Karenland

Patient's face blurred for privacy

Covid 19 is continuing to devastate many isolated villages and communities in Myanmar. Many of these villages lack adequate medical and hospital facilities.

The YPD Karenland has mobilised its eleven teams to provide medical assistance to these villages.

"When people get sick, they do not have a hospital, clinic or health workers to look after them," says YPD coordinator, Mr Kwi Kwith.

"Because of this, YPD has to look after emergency cases such as medical treatment, health worker and special nurse.

"Myself, I do not have any experience to work as a health worker, but now I have to work as special nurse to look after the patients. I have to call the doctor and follow their directions.

"We really need a special nursing course. So I have contacted a doctor who will train us in a special nurse training course.

"We will receive a credit certificate from the hospital will be able to officially work as special nurses all over Myanmar," he explained.

The cost of the training course for 11 eleven nurses comes to 55,000 Thai baht ($US1700 or $A2300), including equipment and supplies.

Kwi Kwi and his team have already raised over 10,000 Thai baht for the project.

YPD Australia is working to raise the rest of the amount.

Please send your donations to:


BSB: 806-036

Account number: 100900472

Thank you for your generosity.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Water for Karen villages

The Karen YPD team are moving forward with their plans to develop a social enterprise for young people in the Myanmar-Thailand border area.

Their latest initiative is to bottle and distribute water to local villages under the "Karen YPD" brand.

Congratulations again to Kwi Kwi and the whole Karen YPD team!

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Karen YPD Social Enterprise Project

Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis, the Karen YPD is moving ahead with its plans to establish an office and training centre to coordinate its work.

Construction is also well under way for a new social enterprise factory to train local young workers and raise funds for the movement's activities.

YPD Australia is supporting the Karen YPD team in this project.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

YPD 2019 Karenland

YPD 2019 hosted by the Karen YPD took place from 15-22 December 2019 in the border area of Myanmar and Thailand.

The program began with a "see-judge-act" training program at the Wattana Resort near Mae Sot, Thailand.

The theme of the program was "Rights for People on the Move, Migrant Situation and Policy in Thailand and Information Platform."

Participants visited a Karen migrant village where they listened to residents sharing their experiences of migration and the reasons that motivated them, including conflict, war, poverty and lack of opportunity.

Participants listened to the experiences of local people who had been forced to migrate for various reasons including particular war, conflict and poverty.

YPD leaders recorded and summarised the problems faced by local residents.

And they gave feedback to the whole group.

During the evening, YPD members enjoyed themselves with a range of social activities and events.

Later, they also had the opportunity to visit various other local communities.

They joined local communities celebrating the coming of Christmas...

And other cultural celebrations!

Participants also enjoyed sport and swimming together

A highlight of the program was the YPD Village Race!

All tired after the race!

YPD 2019 concluded with the Annual General Meeting to decide the program for 2020.

A big thank you to YPD 2019 coordinator, Kwi Kwi and his team for all their work!

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Meat Tasting Success

The YPD Meat-Tasting Event on 15 November 2019 was a great success with 60 participants joining and a total of $1333 raised to assist the Karen YPD movement.

The event was hosted by the Murdoch University School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, which is organising a large-scale consumer satisfaction test.

Each participant rated the various cuts of lamb on a range of indicators including tenderness, juiciness and flavour.

Participants were recruited by and from a number of our networks including churches and youth organisations.

Special thanks to Perth YCW president, Jermaine Beins, (above) and youth engagement officer, Marie Collendavello (below).

Our deep appreciation also to Murdoch University's Dr Jayaseelan Marimuthu (below) and Rachel O'Reilly.

See video from the event here and here.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Volunteers needed for our meat tasting fundraiser!

Help us raise funds for YPD 2019 in Thailand by joining us at this meat-tasting event organised by Murdoch University Agricultural Science department.

You'll get the opportunity to taste seven different cuts of meat!

We need 60 volunteers for each date, i.e. 1 or 15 November.

Choose your time: either 4.30, 5.30 or 6.30pm.

Please confirm your participation by writing to: ypdaustralia@gmail.com

Or phone Stefan: 0491 077 033.

Free parking available from 4.30pm.

More about the YPD 2019 program here: