Kong Dee is now in his 3rd year of university

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Kong Dee is now in his 3rd year of university in Knachanaburi city 5 hours from his home town in Kongmonta. He returns home as often as his studies permits to spend time in the Karen village where his family still live. His father is well known locally as a leader and teacher for traditional Karen music and dance.
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Jeremi chats with David and Sue on Joy

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In this podcast our co-founder Jeremi’s has another chat on JOY with David and Sue about how the Echo organisation works with displaced refugees on the Thai-Burma border. Now that our major fundraiser event is over for another year, you can still donate (yes, it’s tax deductible) towards the construction and fit-out of a new library for children. You can read the full story here and we thank JOY for their continued support.

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Join our event live on Snapchat

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If you can’t join us in person at our very first Annual Appeal Pop Up Bar at the Old Melbourne Gaol on Friday 22nd July, you can get to know us better on Snapchat. Our digital (and Snapchat) expert @fredporter will be snapping all the fun of our innovative social enterprise event from setup to pack-down, talking to the team and our supporters who are helping raise money for meaningful international aid projects. Read More

Aid gives refugees a fresh start

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Jeremi recently caught up with Belinda Mackowski and spoke about his work with Echo International Aid and his passion to help refugees. “It has now been two years and Echo has sent two young people to university, completed three citizenship’s for stateless individuals, financially supported three families and funded supplies for a school at a remote Karen village,” he said. Pictured with Myanmar refugee All Naing Htoo who he helped find work at Ferntree Gully Hyundai and Kia. See the feature in the Knox Leader. Read More

Meet The Genesis Network

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In mid March this year, I took a quick trip to Sangkhlaburi on the border of Thailand and Burma. It was to be the first face to face meeting with Adam Swartzbaugh director of Genesis Network U.S. Genesis founded Kidlaunch, our beneficiary, with Madavee Kongpuenpastha in 2008. See links below.

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The greatest gift

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As a parent you want to empower your kids to make change, to be kind and considerate, grateful and generous. Doing the Rice Drop in Sangkhlaburi was the greatest gift we as parents felt we could give to our child for their 18th birthday present. In the age of material possessions and empty exchanges we knew that their coming of age should show them how powerful they can be. The experiences and sights we saw that day will stay with us for a lifetime, particularly the friendship we gained with locals who met us at the marketplace and allowed us into their home. Read More

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