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Emma De Vynck - Blog 8: Goodbye

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It has been a hectic time at KSDC recently! I share some thoughts on the goodbyes in the midst of all the busyness. 

 

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Emma De Vynck - Blog 7: Student Thoughts on Music

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This month I share some SDC students' thoughts on music. Music is such a key part of life at SDC--I have been looking forward to writing about it. My hope in this post is that the reader gathers a bit of a sense of student perspectives, and perhaps experiences some of the jovial musical atmosphere that permeates this place. 

 

 

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Emma De Vynck - Blog 6: Considering Education

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One of the resounding chords I hear at the Karenni Social Development Centre is the profound value of quality education. In this blog (attached), I offer some brief background on the education situation on the Thai-Myanmar border and in Karenni State. I then share KSDC student La Pleh's educational journey. 

I also offer some links at the end of the blog to several Myanmar-context education resources. There are some great organizations supporting schools like KSDC with curriculum, training, and more. 

 

 

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Emma De Vynck - Blog 5: Some thoughts on space

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This month I reflect a bit on space, movement, and expansion at the Karenni Social Development Centre (KSDC). KSDC runs human rights and community management training courses for refugee youth along the Thai-Myanmar border. I am currently at about month 4 of my 7-month placement here. 

 

 

 

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Emma De Vynck - Blog 4: Introducing SomChai, a KSDC student

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Life at the Karenni Social Development Centre (KSDC) rolls on. Rainy season has hit with full force, bringing with it rice planting season, innumerable shades of green, and beautiful foggy mornings. Now that I've found a daily rhythm, the days gather momentum and evolve into weeks with quick ease. I've had to catch myself as I settle into that rhythmic "normalcy"--I'm only here about 7 months--I don't want to fall into a complacent lull. At the same time, finding rhythm is a great comfort, although in all honesty I'm shaken out of rhythm often enough to stay meaningfully uncomfortable.

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Emma De Vynck - Blog 3: "Humble" - Exploring language and its resonances

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A lot has transpired since my last blog post! There are many things to explore. I've chosen to discuss "humble" and its complexities at this point in my journey. 

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Emma De Vynck - Blog 2: Settling in at the Karenni Social Development Centre

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Deafening insect chirps.

Chickens babbling.

Kelly Clarkson.

Sudden, heavy rain.

Playful chit-chat.

Vegetables sizzling in hot oil.

Soulful guitar crooning.

These are but a few notes in the lush chorus of sounds at the Karenni Social Development Centre (KSDC). I arrived at KSDC about a week ago, accompanied by Robyn and a previous CAPI intern. I am joining several others in facilitating a training course for young adults at the KSDC school.

Emma De Vynck - Blog 1: A Brief Intro

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My fellow CAPI intern Joel Toorenburgh asks me some questions about myself and my placement with the Karenni Social Development Centre. 

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