Over the past ten years, the communities we serve have changed dramatically. We have watched adults and youth alike struggle through family crises, discrimination, poverty and exploitation to improve their lives within the limited ways possible. With the democratization of Burma and Kwah Dao’s first generation of Shan youth reaching university age, we are at a pivotal point in our development as an organization. We founded Kwah Dao to respond to the needs of the stateless communities and, now, our main projects have evolved to provide the support for Burmese Shan youth to achieve their academic aspirations and gain the necessary education to return to Burma/Myanmar and promote lasting democratic change or improve their lives in Thailand despite the precarious political reality in which they were born. Our projects all revolve around providing the additional educational support to help these dedicated and ambitious students not only succeed but excel in secondary schools and universities throughout Thailand.