We Shall Overcome
No matter what odds we faced we shall overcome, is first taught to us by Sergio REGAZZONI in 1983 when we were in Burma implementing a micro project during the Burmese Socialist days. At that time Asie et Pacifique director of CCFD (Committe Catholique cotre la faim et por le Developpement) a French Catholic NGO helping the least of the brethren countries with its development initiative. Now as we give him our last respect to him, at the age of 65 in St Peter and St Paul Church in Evry, his words still echo in our ears, We Shall Overcome. Sergio REGAZZONI you will never die for generations and generations of Burmese will carry on your noble work.
It was he that give the impetus to find a small Burmese NGO and to work silently with humility and sincerity and since NGOs were barred in Burma at that time we come under the umbrella of a religious organization and name ourselves as CPDSK (Christian Participation in the Development of Shan, Kayah and Karen States Community) and during the course of 5 years has managed to participate in 97 developmental projects (Credit has to be given to the Party and ‘Council for every development project while we quietly write a report to CCFD). In 1988 when we discovered that we were on the wrong side of the border we continue as EWOB (Empowering Women of Burma) and AEIOU, the All Ethnic International Open University is but one of the major projects.
Now at the funeral of Sergio REGAZZONI, it was really nostalgia to see many of our old international friends, who have fought and run away and continue to fight in whatever way in struggle in what they believe just to brighten the corner of where they are. Surely the world will not be as what we wish to be but according to the Lord`s will for He is the Lord of History and the Lord of Science.
EWOB/AEIOU is now also facing many difficulties, but with the power of metta, we shall overcome and will die fighting until our last breath.
Farewell Sergio REGAZZONI.
You live within our hearts!
Celebrating Canada Day in Europe
July 1, 2009
H.E. Mr. Marc Lortie, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada deliver a speech at the Canadian Embassy in Paris, France. Together with the ambassador and fellow citizens in Paris, EWOB and AEIOU celebrate Canada Day. We are humbled and honored to be the citizens of Canada.
Happy Canada Day to you all!
Marc Lortie speech at Canada Day
Professor Win of AEIOU, Ambassador Marc Lortie of the Canadian Embassy, Professor D.T.Yee of EWOB; celebrating Canada Day in Paris, France
Speaking at Festival Mondial de la Terre
June 27, 2009
Bercy (the 12th arrondissement of Paris)
Empowering Women of Burma presents History and Culture of Burma. In addition is a note on the necessity of ‘war-time education’ as a part of the development. Without education, development is impossible. And how that education could be structured is demonstrated with one of its managed programs called AEIOU Programme; All Ethnic International Open University.
Festival Mondial de la Terre (.pdf), click here.
2009, Amy and Rosy at Festival Mondial, Paris
Presenting Education for children of Burma
Presenting Empowering Women of Burma
President of Coeur Monde and EWOB/AEIOU
While sharing common vision that refugees are self-reliant and empowered to lead and contribute to their communities…
The Empowering Women of Burma join hands with
Refugee and immigrant community members, service providers, employers, policymakers, advocates, academics, and community stakeholders at the
2009 Refugee and Immigrant Conference
University of Washington HUB in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A
Friday, March 13, 2009
The Washington Refugee and Immigrant Conference is a community-organized gathering. This year’s theme is “Changing Times, Changing Strategies.” What new strategies can we (as refugees and immigrants, and those that support them) use to bring about positive social, political and economic change for refugees and immigrants?
“Changing Times, Changing Strategies”
Let’s reflect upon the struggles that women all over the world face today!
The Empowering Women of Burma participates
Forth Annual International Women’s Day Evening
To support a SFU student from Bruendi Africa
The event is organized by
PACE: Parents and Children’s Education Services
Friday, March 6, 2009
Pinewood Recreation Centre 11777 Pinewood Drive
(near Pinewood Elementary school)
Tickets: $20.00, dinner included ($ 30.00, if you want a receipt)
Dress code: casual/ formal (come prepared to have fun)
“Action without sentiment is the death of a soul”
Come and Listen to Jocyelyn’s story and get inspired!
All proceeds will be presented to Jocyelyn at the program.
A one-day comprehensive knowledge on Burma
October 6, 2008
University of Winnipeg
Women’s Club, 54 West Gate Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba
The Empowering Women of Burma, Thailand in cooperation with the Empowering Women of Burma, Canada will have a Burma Day Program on the 6th Oct at University of Winnipeg Women‘s Club, 54 West Gate Road, Winnipeg, MB.
A lecture will be given by Professor Tin Yee, the adjunct professor of the Simon Fraser University. Plenty of questions and answers will be welcomed and discussed. The real situation of the cyclone Nagis inside Burma and the border areas will be emphasized.
Photo exhibition of the developmental projects in the peripherals of Burma, and inside Burma relating to cyclone Nagis relief efforts plus a few video presentations including how EWOB has launched a University Program; All Ethnic International Open University for the past 8 years will be screened.
Welcome one Welcome All!
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