Me at Computer
In this picture taken in 1993 at our home in Gray Hta, I am demonstrating that a computer can write Karen characters. Thus for the first time records, letters, notes can be written, stored and emailed in the Karen language.

Enote Archive

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Enote 132-Eh Thwa has Good Words
Rinda & Ubanrot You have heard of Eh Thwa before. We started working with her to support a few schools in the IDP area of Burma in 2001,
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Enote 129-Doug Writes Home
Rinda & Ubanrot Late this last February we got an email from Doug, our TRep coordinator He writes of many adventures including his swiming at Thoor Lar Sue Falls
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Enote 126-Christmas Thoughts
Liz, Daruna and Doug A short time ago Doug Offentartz wrote that he and his Thai friend Daruna planned to take some of his Christian Karen
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Enote 123-Come Visit Us
View of Flat Land New faces, new places, a different world.
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Enote 120-Our Wonderful Volunteers
Geraldine with student Last Friday (May 6)) we had lunch with Geraldine Forbes, and her husband Skip. They had recently returned from India where she had held a visiting professorship. Ms. Forbes is a
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Enote 117-Preparing The Last Trip
Chris Finally Hamilton has become cold enough to turn my thoughts to a much warmer place; Thailand. Right now Bangkok (see below for a winter scene) at somewhere between 60° and 90°F would feel pretty good to this old man. So Liz and I have
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Enote 114-Nobel Karen
Kay Ku Paw Some of you have heard me speak of the Karen as that noble tribe, and may have wondered why I choose such a generous word to describe them. Life has been very good to Liz and me in the last few
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Enote 111-A Busy Weekend
Book Cover So have you wondered what Tom Brackett would do when he stepped down as Executive Director of the Brackett Refugee Education Fund? He writes a book! We are proud to announce that book is now published! And we have
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Enote 131-Reason to Celebrate
Blank Catherine's Hospital MomoCat is a nurse and Seventh-Day Adventist missionary who settled over ten years ago in a village near Sai Yok,
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Enote 128-Then and Now
BlankBlank Lay Taw, Russ, Tamla This enote is merely to show you how your support has changed a few of the oppressed for the better at Maw Kwee village.
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Enote 125-About Donna Harvey
Donna Harvey About 10 years ago the wife of a friend died, and she wanted those who wished to donate to her memory to give to us.
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Enote 122-A Note from India
Zothangsangi Facts and figures are fair enough to give a general overview of the work we are doing, but they miss the important effects our programs have on individuals. So I’d like to include
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Enote 119-Trip Business
Meeting at Thoo Mweh Khee Last month we talked about old friends and the marvelous time we had visiting and saying goodbye, but we do not want to leave you with the impression that is all we did. An expensive trip which did not meet at least some of the needs
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Enote 116-Remembering Friends
Girl from Pooter A couple of days ago I got a lovely card from a Karen woman wishing me a happy Thanksgiving holiday. It also expressed her gratitude for the help we had been able to give her at a tough time in her life. This brought back many memories of
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Enote 113-World Refugee Day
Blank Blank Well things have settled down at the Brackett house after that fabulous weekend with the book signing and the honorary degree,
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Enote 110-World Refugee Day
Myint Wei The transition to new leadership for BREF has been proceeding smoothly, if somewhat irregularly. Case in point, I'm still writing this enote and Liz is still involved in banking, money transfer and TRep issues. However Russ Brackett,
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Enote 133-Note to a Donor
Lindy with Students
This is the season we send out our materials to donors and ask for their support. We include a brochure about our work, a letter from our director Russell Brackett-- shown in the picture below --about the
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Enote 130-A Karen Party
A Karen Party
Most of you may already know that a large group of Karen refugees settled in Utica, NY just a few miles from our home in Hamilton.
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Enote 127-Making a Hard Place a Little Softer
Chris At Mae Hla I recently came across an interesting article in the Christian Science Monitor about the problem of the refugees stuck between a rock and a hard place.
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Enote 124-News from the Refugees
New Thai Citizen Lately people have been asking me about what's going on with the refugees from Burma these
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Enote 121-Suprised By Gratitude
Hill-tribe Girl with baby Some time ago an old friend of mine took a vacation with his wife and another couple. They were visiting a ‘developing’ country when they all came down with
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Enote 118-Memories & Friends
AWS and Sheila We arrived in Bangkok at 11:35 pm on February 3, after a 30 something hour trip from Hamilton; exhausted. After a day's rest (having lunch and dinner with guests),
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Enote 115-Life is good and Bad
From Bedroom Life has been very good to Liz and me in the last few months. We have been doing the old-age retirement thing; attending classes in a life-long learning program sponsored by Colgate University, demonstrating and maintaining our fitness
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Enote 112-Founders Honored
Lintz and MeFounding Trustees Liz and Tom Brackett of the Brackett Refugee Education Fund were honored May 17 as part of Colgate University's Commencement of 2015. Deborah Knuth-Klenck Professor
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Enote 109-What's New
IDP School It's been a while since I've last got in touch with you, and I wanted to tell you about what has been going on with BREF since Liz and I stepped aside from our leadership of BREF to allow our Trustees, many of them our sons and daughter,
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