The Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp is based north of Chiang Mai on the Thai-Burma border. After violence broke out between the Burmese military and the Shan State Army, the refugees fled into northern Thailand and formed the Camp in 2002. The camp residents come from a collection of villages in Burma (Myanmar) such as Pang Kum Kaw, Mae Song, Pang Houg, and Huai Yao. The camp provides a relatively secure place for the people of this community to reside until it is safe for them to return.
The Branch Foundation has actively worked with the Shan Refugee Camp since 2009, supporting their commitment to sustainable community development through education, capacity building and renewable energy solutions.
To view our film about our projects in the Shan Refugee Camp, please click here. Click here to read the stories from some of the residents who had to flee.