Sharing stories of refugees from Burma resettling in San Diego
KOSD News & Notes
Volume 2 ~ Issue 2
April, 2014
Look for the (not so) hidden eggs throughout this issue and click the egg images for info on ways to get further involved, make an impact, or learn more!

Can I help you?: Ya ma suh na thay ahh
Please: Wa tha su
Well done: Ghay doh ma

Spotlights on:
Upcoming Events 
Summer Programming
Keep reading for highlights & updates!
KOSD is so proud to announce that we received the National Association of Social Workers 2014 Social Work Month award for HERO ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR!  Thank you so much to our nominator as well as the committee who selected us! It was wonderful to be recognized for our community's hard work and to be honored to attend the NASW Self Care Celebration and Award Ceremony!
Highlight: NASW 2014 Organization of the Year award!
Join KOSD on May 10th, 2014 from 12-8pm on Convoy Street in Kearny Mesa (between Clairmont Mesa Blvd and Raytheon Rd) for 5th Annual Asian Cultural Festival! Community members will be performing traditional dances from Burma at the festival! Don't miss out!
Highlight: Asian Cultural Festival SAVE THE DATE! 
On January 1st, 2014 KOSD celebrated Karen New Year at the Crawford High School Auditorium. Over 900 attendees witnessed traditional dances, songs, a fashion show, speeches, awards, and shared delicious food after the performances concluded. This event was a wonderful success for celebrating and preserving the beautiful cultures from Burma!
Hightlight: Karen New Year 2014 Celebration!
KOSD is helping to plan this years San Diego World Refugee Day event! Mark your Calendars for June 21st, 2014 from 10am-3pm at the Balboa Park International Cottages and Hall of Nations! Explore neighborhoods of San Diego County and the various cultures that live here! Learn about the rich cultural diversity of those who live here, their history and how they contribute to our community; through panel presentations, live music and lawn performances, interactive demonstrations, youth activities, local vendors selling traditional crafts and food, film screenings, and more! 
Hightlight: World Refugee Day SAVE THE DATE!

KOSD is GROWING (Get Refugees Out Working IN the Garden)
and proud to announce that approximately 2.5 acres have been donated for an agricultural job development, educational and cultural preservation program. KOSD received $5,000 in seed funding in order to get this program off the ground, through University of San Diego's Social Innovation Challenge! However, this is a HUGE project, and more support is greatly needed!

We ask you to check out our Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign. Please click the above GROWING image or yellow egg below to learn more and for information on ways to give a truly impacting, 100% tax deductible donation and the perks you will receive for doing so! 


In case you missed the above egg, check out KOSD's Case for Support


Lunch Mondays-Fridays (for youth under 18, starting in July) 11:30am - 12:30pm
Snack Mondays-Fridays 
(for youth under 18, starting in July) 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • English as a Second Language Class
  • Citizenship Class
  • Karen, Karenni and Burmese Language Classes (starting in July)
  • English Reading & Writing Program: Youth Academic Enrichment 
  • Youth Recreational & Creative Enrichment: Including STEM programming 
  • First Generation Youth Group: Leadership
  • HOMESPUN: Traditional weaving, cultural preservation and micro-enterprise initiative
  • Adult Workshops (on various topics based on expressed needs of the community, such as; leadership, parenting, education, legal issues, domestic violence, community safety, mental and physical health, financial literacy, transportation, etc.)
  • Job Development: Group assistance
  • Ongoing Case Management
  • Annual Fall Fundraising Festival planning
Interested in supporting any of our programs? Please e-mail KOSD's Volunteer Coordinator at
Thank you for reading!