The mission of the Karen Society of Nebraska is to help refugees and immigrants from Burma to build and sustain a high quality of life and to achieve self-sufficiency in the state of Nebraska.
In support of our mission, our objectives are:
1. To assist refugees and immigrants to become well-integrated into Nebraskan society.
2. To help refugees and immigrants preserve their heritage and culture for their benefit, and for the benefit of all Nebraskan society.
3. To increase the ability of the organization to meet the needs of the entire community.
The Karen Society of Nebraska was founded in 2008 to help refugees and immigrants from Burma to achieve self-sufficiency. We try to create the best transition for people in our community to become well-integrated into American society. We join hands and work together as a family; we are leading our community in moving forward to achieve self-sufficiency. In 2010, The Karen Society of Nebraska registered as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, recognized by the State of Nebraska. Currently the KSN has two offices, serving in Lincoln and Omaha. We are supported by many people in our local communities. Our organization builds positive relationships with employers, organizations and churches, to make sure our refugee community receives maximum benefit from these relationships.
The Karen People in Nebraska.
The Karen (pronounced Ka-REN) are an ethnic group from the mountainous border regions of Burma and Thailand, where they are the second largest ethnic group in each country. They have long been subject to persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Burmese government, and many have been living in refugee camps in Thailand for years before being resettled to Nebraska. There are approximately 5,500 Karen living in Nebraska with an additional 300 refugees from other ethnic groups in Burma. Due to employment opportunities and family ties, Nebraska currently has the largest and fastest-growing Karen population in the U.S. Communities in Nebraska with large Karen populations include Omaha, Lincoln, Crete, Nebraska City, Grand Island, Norfolk and Dakota City.
Peoples of Burma (Myanmar)
Burma (Myanmar) is a country of great ethnic diversity. It's estimated population of 48-50 million people is divided between at least 8 major ethnic groups such as Kachin, Karenni, Karen, Zomi (Chin), Arakanese, Mon, Burmese and Shan. Each ethnicity has their own languages and customs that differ from one another. The beauty of the land, the bright colors of the clothing, and the harmony of the cultures, make the country wonderfully unique.
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