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Karen Organization of San Diego

Karen Organization of San Diego is committed to the educational and social enhancement of various ethnic minority groups from Burma who reside in San Diego.

About Us

Established in 2009, KOSD supports Karen and other refugees from Burma in San Diego. We help refugees navigate social service systems, access leadership and employment opportunities, and stay connected to their community and culture.

Programs

KOSD’s programs are informed by community input and needs assessments, and are conducted through a Community-Self Help model:

We support the community and empower them to help themselves. Our programs are possible with funding from various Funders

Find Support

KOSD provides case management services for individuals and familieswho are refugees from Burma. Learn how you can access welfare, educational, and health resources.

Get Involved

KOSD values support from various community partners, volunteers, donors and advocates. Here are the different ways you can support KOSD’s work, and the Karen and Burma refugee community.

News & Events

Stay up to date with the latest announcement and events from KOSD!

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KOSD appreciates all of you, who joined this year's Karen New Year celebration in San Diego. After having virtual celebrations over the past 2 years, we were finally able to hold this peaceful space together to celebrate the bright new year. Some of you joined us from Bakersfield and other cities from all over the U.S., and we were so happy to have you at the event. We send the biggest THANK YOU to all the performers, instructors, photographers, volunteers (event set-up, clean-up, and cooking 500+ meals!) , and KOSD staff. Also, thank you so much for our special guests: Congresswoman Sara Jacobs, the City of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, and our Council President Sean Elo-Rivera. The community and KOSD received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and the City of San Diego's Proclamation recognizing 1/14/2023 as the City of San Diego's Karen New Year Day🎉

For this year's San Diego Karen New Year celebration, financial support was provided by the City of San Diego through the Commission for Arts and Culture. Also, beautiful flowers on the stage were generously donated by Mellano & Company. Thank you so much for your support!
#SDArtsAndCulture

*All photos posted here are taken by Nay Kaw Htoo. Thank you for your beautiful photos💐
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KOSD appreciates all of you, who joined this years Karen New Year celebration in San Diego. After having virtual celebrations over the past 2 years, we were finally able to hold this peaceful space together to celebrate the bright new year. Some of you joined us from Bakersfield and other cities from all over the U.S., and we were so happy to have you at the event. We send the biggest THANK YOU to all the performers, instructors, photographers, volunteers (event set-up, clean-up, and cooking 500+ meals!) , and KOSD staff. Also, thank you so much for our special guests: Congresswoman Sara Jacobs, the City of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, and our Council President Sean Elo-Rivera. The community and KOSD received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and the City of San Diegos Proclamation recognizing 1/14/2023 as the City of San Diegos Karen New Year Day🎉 

For this years San Diego Karen New Year celebration, financial support was provided by the City of San Diego through the Commission for Arts and Culture. Also, beautiful flowers on the stage were generously donated by Mellano & Company. Thank you so much for your support!
#SDArtsAndCulture 

*All photos posted here are taken by Nay Kaw Htoo. Thank you for your beautiful photos💐Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Our pleasure! So many right from the farm!

So beautiful! ❤️

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🎊 Join the Karen Organization of San Diego tomorrow from 10am-1pm for the Karen New Year Celebration!

San Diego's Karen Community started to host their Karen New Year celebration in 2009 after being resettled in San Diego as refugees. Their first event was at the Colina Del Sol Park Gym. And, this year marks the 15th Anniversary!
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