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:

Or phone Stefan: 0491 077 033.

Free parking available from 4.30pm.

More about the YPD 2019 program here: 

Monday, 2 September 2019

Join us for YPD 2019 in Karenland

We're pleased to announce that YPD Australia is back in action and now preparing to participate in YPD 2019 hosted by the Karenland YPD in Thailand.

More details and registration here:

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Congratulations to Tess and Nikki!

Congratulations to Tess Whelan and Nikki McGeehan who will be representing YPD Australia at the YPD 2014 Malaysia international training and exchange program in Kuala Lumpur from 29 November to 7 December 2014.

Nikki and Tess will be joined by Denis and Anita Sheehan, YPD mentors.

The program will include visits to local Malaysian youth groups and communities as well as training on the See Judge Act method of leadership formation.