The Phan Foundation is today opening nominations for the 2016 Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award. This award is given annually to outstanding young Karen leaders who work for the development of their community. If you know a young Karen person whose hard work and commitment deserves recognition, please do nominate them.
An award of $2000 will be given to the organisation or community for whom the recipient of the award works. The winner of the award will be announced in early 2017.
How to nominate someone:
· Any Karen person under 35 is eligible to be nominated.
· That person can be living anywhere in the world.
· Nominations can be made by any individual or organisation.
· Organisations can nominate one of their own members.
· Nominations close on 31st December 2016.
· Nominations should be sent to Nant Bwa Bwa Phan: email@example.com
2008 Naw Paw K’Bla Htoo from Kler Lwee Htu District in Karen State
2009 Saw Nyunt Win from Mutraw District in Karen State
2010 Naw December Paw from Tenasserim Division
2011 Saw Htoo Htoo Eh, from the Free Burma Rangers
2012 Nant Thandar Aung from Karen Women Empowerment Group
2013 Naw K’Nyaw Paw from the Karen Women’s Organisation
2014 Naw Hsa Moo from Karen Students Network Group and Karen Environmental Social Action Network
2015 Sa Shine, Hpa-an community worker
“Through Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award, we are determined to carry on the legacy of our father to encourage more young people to take up distinctive leadership roles in their service to society,” said Slone Phan, Director of the Phan Foundation and the youngest son of Padoh Mahn Sha.
The Phan Foundation was set up by the children of Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan and Nant Kyin Shwe with the aims to alleviate poverty, promote education and human rights, and preserve Karen culture. Padoh Mahn Sha, the former General Secretary of the Karen National Union, was assassinated by agents of the Burmese government on 14th February 2008.