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A Church that is a united and participatory people of God, working together with faith, hope and love to build God's Kingdom of peace and justice in Banmaw.
To serve the poor and the needy by motivating and empowering those towards Quality and dignity of life based the social teaching of the Church.
On August 28, 2006 Pope Benedict XVI created Diocese of Banmaw and appointed Msgr.Raymond Sumlut Gam as the first Bishop of the Diocese. On Nov.17,2006 the new Diocese was blessed and on the 18th Nov,2006 the new Bishop of Ban maw Msgr.Raymond Sumlut Gam was ordained and enthroned by His Grace Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, the Apostolate Delegate to Myanmar.
As Banmaw has been immediately promoted to a new Diocese and a new Bishop has been very immediately installed the 11 existing priests were being very strongly challenged with many responsibilities. The very first move of the bishop was the establishment of Diocesan Curia which will take care of the pastoral affaires and the establishment of Caritas Banmaw to take care of all the social development affairs.
Karuna Mission Social Solidarity-Banmaw (KMSS-Banmaw) is a Catholic Church Organization madated and established in 18th April 2007 by Bishop Raymond Sumlut Gam, the Ordinary of the diocese, and working in 4 townships in Banmaw District. KMSS-Banmaw is at the service of all the people regardless of race, color, religion and locality. Starting from 2016 Karuna Mission Social Solidarity-Banmaw (KMSS-Banmaw) has two major programs namely Humanitarian program and Development program. In humanitarian program, KMSS-Banmaw is working for Internally displaced people(IDPs) such as food support, shelter construction, shelter maintenance, support for camp running and camp management, assistance for person with specific needs, support for water and sanitation (WASH), community-based responses to Gender Based Violence, and house repair and reconstruction, pastoral and social trainings for children, women and youth who are voluntarily returnees from IDP camps to their villages. In development program, we are doing livelihood program, education program, child protection project, mine risk education project, civic and peace education project for the poor people in the Diocese and the returnees from IDP camps. Currently KMSS-Banmaw is operating its program with 80 committed staffs in all operation fields. KMSS has deep roots in the project area that has resulted in acceptance in the target operational area that is ensuring safety and security.
KMSS benefits from a high level of recognition amongst the local population and with both parties to the conflict - the KIO/KIA in the NGCAs, and the local authorities and Myanmar armed forces in the GCAs. This high level of acceptance, along with an explicit commitment to the humanitarian principles of independence, neutrality and impartiality, forms a key component of KMSS’s security strategy in Kachin and Northern Shan States, enabling the staff to move freely between the GCAs and NGCAs to deliver humanitarian relief in areas few other organisations can access.
Karuna Mission Social Solidarity, Banmaw Diocese (KMSS-Banmaw) is established by Bishop of Banmaw diocese in 18th April, 2007. It is accountable to Bishop of Banmaw and to the entire Parish of Banmaw diocese for the Mission in accordance with these statutes.
Director: Fr. Michael Tan Gun
Office Address: Karuna Mission Social Solidarity, Banmaw Diocese (KMSS-Banmaw)
C/O St. Patrick's Cathedral
Kok Ko Taw, Tazi, Banmaw, Kachin State.
Tel: 095-74-50453 (This address is to be used only when addressing to Bishop of Banmaw diocese)
Karuna Myanmar Social Serives, Banmaw Diocese (KMSS Banmaw)
AD 2000- Pastoral Centre, East Tazi, Banmaw, Kachin State.
Tel: 0095 74 50744 (office Myanmar phone)
6286650 (office Chinese phone)
Email: [email protected] (This email address should be used when addressing directly to Director and Karuna staff)