KOSD Collaborates with Community Organizations in San Diego

KOSD believes in the importance of collaboration to provide stronger services to members of our community. To this end, KOSD staff are involved in several community collaboration groups in San Diego. The largest of these is the Refugee Forum, which brings together representatives of many community and government organizations that are working to assist refugees … Continue reading “KOSD Collaborates with Community Organizations in San Diego”

KOSD English Language and Citizenship Classes

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, KOSD community members meet here for ESL and citizenship classes. We are happy to have been able to hire a teacher to come to KOSD to teach, thus offering classes here where community members feel comfortable. While case workers are busy up front, the sound of students practicing introductions, time … Continue reading “KOSD English Language and Citizenship Classes”

SDSU Students Volunteer every Wednesday at KOSD’s After School Program

Each week, volunteers from San Diego State University (SDSU) help out at KOSD’s After School Program.  On Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 tutors assist elementary and middle school youth from our community with their homework and provide extra help with English Language Learning.  Since 95% of the refugee parents from Burma have limited English language skills … Continue reading “SDSU Students Volunteer every Wednesday at KOSD’s After School Program”

Tragic incident in the community

On July 13th, 2014 one of KOSD’s community members died in a tragic incident at his and his family’s home. If you would like to make a donation to help the family pay for the funeral expenses, please donate here: This is strictly to help the family pay for the funeral expenses, and will not be … Continue reading “Tragic incident in the community”

KOSD is an “Advance San Diego” semi-finalist!

Karen Organization of San Diego has been selected as a semi-finalist for “Advance San Diego” Competing for more than $75,000 in cash grants SAN DIEGO – July 9, 2014 –Out of 67 applications, Karen Organization of San Diego (KOSD) has been selected by San Diego Social Venture Partners, a local non-profit giving organization, to be … Continue reading “KOSD is an “Advance San Diego” semi-finalist!”

Making San Diego Home

KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday, November 6, 2013 By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh April Moo’s parents never talked about their life in Burma. It wasn’t until a friend interviewed them that she heard their story. They said they were farmers; they never went to school. Her mother was adopted and her father was orphaned when he was young. … Continue reading “Making San Diego Home”

Youth Receives Innovation Award

A member of KOSD’s First Generation youth group, Eh De Gray, was given the Latino Youth Council’s Innovation Award. The Innovation award recognizes youth who have overcome difficult situations in their lives by making positive changes and by exhibiting strength and determination in the face of adversity. A few months ago, KOSD received the following announcement from the … Continue reading “Youth Receives Innovation Award”

HOMESPUN Receives $2500

On Friday, May 3, 2013, Grace Michel (pictured, left) and Andrew Rae, KOSD’s Board Chair, were recognized for their efforts in this year’s University of San Diego International Peace and Justice Center Social Innovation Challenge. The annual challenge targets international initiatives and communities to encourage small business growth. The $2,500 grant HOMESPUN received was awarded … Continue reading “HOMESPUN Receives $2500”

The Karen Community & KOSD Present: Karen New Year 2013

After months of planning and preparation, Saturday January 12, 2013 was a day of joy for the Karen community and the Karen Organization of San Diego. Along with refugees from Burma, event attendees included individuals from all over the city. San Diego City Councilmember Marti Emerald spoke briefly about her support of the refugee community … Continue reading “The Karen Community & KOSD Present: Karen New Year 2013”