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Karuna Pathein Social Serivces (KPSS), now also known as KMSS-Pathein is a Diocesan Caritas and was established as a social arm of diocese of Pathein in 2001. It was founded in coordination with Karuna Myanmar Social Services (KMSS), National Office under Catholic Bishops Conference (CBCM) in Yangon.. It is a non-profit organization as well as a faith based organization, delivering social services in the diocese of Pathein in Ayeyarwaddy Delta, in southern part of Myanmar. Since its foundation, KMSS-Pathein has been rendering social services to different needs of the people in the diocese, especially in the time of 2003 flood in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta, in time of 2004 Sunami affected victims in Labutta area, in time of 2007 flood in West Pathein district area, and particularly in great natural disaster of Nargis Cyclone in May 2008 and in 2012 emergency flooding in Pathein District during month of August. Today the main office of KMSS- Pathein is located in Pathein town having forming five sectors, such as Livelihoods, Education, Health, Social Protection and Emergency Preparedness. The mission of KMSS-Pathein is to empower the livelihood of the vulnerable people in many aspects so that they can take their own responsibilities and it also to build up for the wellbeing of the people and society. It has also been involved with the Nargis relief and rehabilitation activities in under the umbrella of Myanmar Disaster Response Committee (MDRC), funded through Caritas Internationalis from 2008-2011, and corporation with WFP, Caritas Thailand, KMSS National Office, and also with local communities. Now Karuna Pathein has partnership with Caritas families like KMSS National Office, Catholic Relief Service (CRS), MISEREOR, Caritas Italy, Caritas Thailand and other organization like Enfants du Mekong, MISSIO, Missions Etrangeres de Paris and Italian Bishops Conference (CEI).
Vision: (Fullness of Life)
The poor and vulnerable people in the diocese of Pathein, Ayeyarwaddy Region, become fully developed and empowered, freely and equally sharing and enjoying the fullness of life.
Uplift the life of the poor and vulnerable communities in the diocese of Pathein, Ayeyarwaddy Region, regardless of gender, race, and religions, with approaches of integrated services of physical, moral, and psychological supports ensuring their sustainable developments in all aspects.
“Uplifted the living standards of the poor and vulnerable people in the diocese of Pathein, Ayeyarwddy Region, regardless of gender, race and religions, by targeting on poverty alleviation and eradication activities within time bound set up by the organization”
The targeted groups are the poor and vulnerable children, older people, and women, famers, fisher men and disable people who are in need of basic humanitarian assistance regardless of gender, race, and religions. Geographically, the targeted groups are included of 15 townships in Ayeyarwaddy Region in Myanmar. The diocese of Pathein is situated in those 15 townships. The diocese is ecclesiastically composed of 34 parishes governed in three zones such as Pathein zone, Myaung Mya zone and Hinthada zone.
Director: Fr. Peter Myat Thura
Address: St. Peter’s Cathedral, Tagaing Paya Rd, Pathein 10011
Tel: 042-20219, 09450418159(Fr.), 098552992
Email: [email protected]