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Volunteers in Saydanar's Afterschool Program Give Back to the Community and Get Their Own Rewards

Posted on July 6, 2015

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering at Saydanar CDC please send us a message through our website's contact page or contact us directly at

You can also learn more about the great work that Saydanar volunteers do and what you can do to help on our volunteer page.

We look forward to working with you to keep building a stronger Lowell community.

For more information please contact:
James Aung - or call 978-457-9064

"Eat to Educate" Burmese Food and Culture Fair

Posted on April 23, 2014

Help us to assist 45 young refugee students from Burma to be better prepared for school, by eating delicious authentic Burmese food and celebrating Burmese culture at the Cavalry Baptist Church on Saturday, May 30th, between 3pm and 7pm with the SayDaNar community.

The Cavalry Baptist Church is located at 60 Hastings Street, Lowell, MA 01851.

Prices will be from $1 - $5 per dish, with all proceeds benefiting the work of the SayDaNar Community Development Center

For more information contact:
James Aung - or call 978-457-9064
Ardeth Thawnghmung - or call 978-606-9288

Eat to Support Refugees from Burma

Posted on August 10, 2014

If you have missed our Food fairs, do not worry. You will still have another chance to try it. Saydanar will be participating in the Southeast Asian Water Festival in Lowell on Saturday, August 16th from 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m! Come join the day of celebration and support Saydanar!

Looking for Legal Help!

Posted on July, 9, 2014

We are very grateful to have Paul Schor to help us for our fiscal agent agreement with CMAA. Paul Schor is an experienced, peer-rated attorney specializing in serving and protecting innovation companies. Mr. Schor helps clients aggressively reach milestones with confidence and security, and has been recognized in Boston Magazine for civil defense. His practice includes expertise in contracts, product liability, intellectual property,construction, and premises. He is acting corporate counsel for multiple innovation companies, and has represented both small firms and Fortune 500 leaders, in manufacturing, construction, biotech, solar energy, higher education, asset management, and nonprofits. Mr. Schor served as a Law Clerk to a Connecticut Superior Court Judge, the Connecticut Attorney General, and the ACLU. Early on he worked on innovative public education programming as a middle and high school teacher in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts. Mr. Schor contact information is as below.

Paul Schor, Esq.
Mail: P.O. Box 8031, Lowell, MA 01853
Office: 52 Lawrence Drive, Suite M408, Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 726-5190

Check us out in the Lowell Sun!

Posted on August 10, 2014

Lowell Sun "It Translates to Bright Futures..." 10/03/2013

Where We Are From

Posted on August 1, 2013

Currently, there are just over 200 resettled refugees from Burma in Lowell, the first arriving in 2007 and the newest arriving this year. The majority are ethnic Karen and Karenni from the Eastern parts of Burma. In Burma they are traditionally farmers, living very rural lives in the most underdeveloped parts of the country. These ethnic parts of Burma are resource rich, which has resulted in armed conflict for up to 60 years (since the British handed over independence) between the Military Burmese Government and ethnic rebel groups. As a result there are over 150,000 refugees living in 9 border camps across Thailand, and thousands more undocumented working as illegal migrant workers. Many refugees have lived in these refugee camps for over 25 years, many born in the camps, with no freedom of movement, and no right to work in the camp. The USA has resettled up to 150,000 refugees within the last 6 years. Although grateful to have security and a future for their children, the refugee populations from Burma face many challenges to fit into the new system and culture. After 8 months to 1 year support by resettlement agencies in the US, refugees are expected to have reached a point of economic self-sufficiency. Many are illiterate, having never attended/attended only primary grades; many have skills only in farming or traditional customs such as weaving; very few speak English; and the majority have never lived even in a city in Burma, let alone a large city like Lowell in the States. Achieving self-sufficiency in this time span is a challenge. SayDaNar recognizes the need for continued support to the community with specific cultural and language bridging, to help all generations acquire necessary coping strategies for life in the USA to reduce psychological stress and frustrations of cultural adaptation. The community from Burma has a lot to offer a cultural and artistic city such as Lowell and with the right support, encouragement and empowerment are able to richly contribute to the present cultural, social and economic environment of the city. SayDaNar supports self-learning, education and growth seeing the community not as subjects of charity, but as individuals who via effective access to information are able to support themselves and their families and choose the best course of action for their lives in the US, and to contribute to their new city of Lowell.