Karen Community of Akron, Inc.

Karen Community of Akron, Inc. is devoted to the development of Akron, Ohio's Karen community through the celebration and preservation of Karen cultural customs in our community.


What is a Refugee?

Refugees are people who have fled their homelands due to persecution or fear of persecution for their religious beliefs, ethnicity, or political affiliation. They flee to camps, typically in neighboring countries with few provisions and limited knowledge of the area. Although designed as temporary solutions, the average time spent in a camp is  seven to twenty years.

Source: World Relief Akron, Akron, OH


Karen, and Origin Story

The Karen migrated to the modern Burma and Thailand from Tibet and China in the 8th and 9th century. Hoping to overcome Burmese oppression, the Karen sided with the British against the Burmese and Japanese in WWII. After Burma achieved independence in 1948, the Karen were denied land rights by the ruling Burmese ethnic group. Worn down by unrelenting torture and terror inflicted by the military regime established in 1962, the Karen have little choice but to flee to the relative safety of refugee camps in Thailand. 

Source: Karen Organion of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN


The Impact of Refugees

Refugees are an extremely hard working demographic, often providing support for each other through independent organizations. The United States' refugee population is the country's most entrepreneurial, owning and operating more small businesses than any other population sector. Refugees reinvigorate depressed communities and establish a culture of shared commitment to the betterment of the community they inhabit.

Source: New American Economy, June, 2017

Location                                   Programs                                   Helpful Links                                  Mission

To help in developing the community to build and sustain a high quality of life and to achieve self-sufficiency for all refugees from Burma in the United States

Main Office

1582 E Market St.

Akron, OH  44305

©2018 by Karen Community of Akron, Inc. Akron, OH