Culture Preservation

    Karen Community of Philadelphia   

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What is KCP?

Karen Community of Philadelphia was established in 2014.

KCP's primary purpose: provide social services and opportunity for culture 

 preservation….to improve [ refugees’] quality of live.

KCP's primary focus: we focus on educational and social enhancement, including programs such as cultural competency, job development and self-sufficiency.

Click here to read KCP's Case for Support

The following provide helpful knowledge about the Karen and other refugees from Burma.

Traditional clothing for each ethnic group
International Organization of Mirgration

International Organization of Migration - Karen Cultural Profile

Drum Publication Group

The Drum Publication Group is a community based organization dedicated to promoting education and preserving the cultures of the peoples of Burma. The site contains a lot of useful information including an English-Karen dictionary database, and downloadable reading materials.

The Irrawaddy News

The Irrawaddy news is a thai-based magazine covering Burma extensively. This is a very useful resource to know what is going on in Burma now.

ECHO Minnesota

Project SOAR

U.S. Campaign for Burma

Intercambio: Uniting Communities

News & Stories

The following links provide stories and additional information about the Karen and other refugees from Burma.

City Heights Life [La Vida] - Expressing Culture Through Photography: Where I Call Home

Speak City Heights - Karen Community Celebrates New Year

East County Magazine - Karen New Year 2013

KPBS - Karen New Year 2013

The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN) - Burmese Refugee Taking Holiday Trip Home

KPBS - International Rescue Committee (IRC) Tutoring at Marshall

City Heights Life [La Vida] - Finding Their Way Home (p. 6)

Mid-City CAN - School Attendance Momentum Team

Photos: A Refugee's Silent Journey, Then and Now

MTV - True Life: I'm Coming to America

Anthony Bourdain - Parts Unkown [Myanmar]


The following resources can help you find individuals and organizations connected with the Karen and other refugees from Burma.

San Diego Refugee Forum

Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE)

Karen American Communities Foundation

Dallas Karen Community

Karen Youth Organisation

Karen Ireland

Karen Organization of Minnesota

Karen Swedish Community

Burmese American Community Institute

Karen Community of North Carolina