Our Origin Story

In 2000, Celina Su and Peter Muennig, professors from New York City, met a Thai couple voluntarily teaching a group of Burmese Shan youth. Inspired by their selflessness and dedication to the exploited Shan communities, Dr. Su and Dr. Muennig founded the Burmese Refugee Project (now known as Kwah Dao) to raise funds to support the Thai couple’s efforts. Today, Kwah Dao's field staff coupled with volunteer interns and our Board of Directors enables us to develop cost-effective, relevant and successful initiatives with the communities’ input.