A Home Away From Home – KLEO’s Holiday Wish List

Some of last year’s gifts for Jen’s House students
Looks like the snow is here to stay, decorations have begun to pop up around the city, and the holiday season has officially arrived. We are wishing a safe and happy holiday to you and your loved ones. We hope it is filled with warmth, laughter and love.

We are also wishing the same for our Jen’s House students, and you can help make sure that happens. This year, our holiday wish is simple: a home away from home for our Jen’s House students.

Our students must travel far from home for their education, without the comforting arms of their families, and we want Jen’s House to be as comfortable as possible for them. You can help us achieve that by choosing one of the gifts ideas below. Take a look at what kind of support you can provide for our students and see how far your donation can go!



$25 – Food!
Special foods and treats are not within the means of our students. Help us treat them from time to time with your […]

By |December 9th, 2018||

2018 Annual General Meeting

Our 2018 Annual General Meeting is coming up, and you’re invited.

Join us to hear about our recent activities, and to discuss and celebrate both the contributions of the Karen Youth and the accomplishments of the past year.

Date: Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
Location: Churchill Alternative School, 345 Ravenhill Avenue, Ottawa
Registration from 7:00pm to 7:15pm
AGM: 7:15pm-8:15pm

Please be advised that there will be voting for elections to the Board of Directors and to carry out other business. All are welcome, and KLEO members are eligible to vote.

Come and celebrate with the Karen Community and KLEO.

By |October 28th, 2018||

KLEO’s Annual Book Sale!

It’s that time of year again! Our annual book sale is just around the corner and we hope to see you there supporting KLEO and Jen’s House!

Where: Dovercourt Recreation Centre – 411 Dovercourt Avenue, Ottawa
When: Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th, 2018
Time: Sat. 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

You can also support the cause by donating gently used hardcover and softcover books!

Tickled Pink in the Byward Market is hosting a draw until the end of September, where your book donations could get you a $100 shopping spree at Tickled Pink!

For every book donation, or toonie, in lieu of book, you will receive one ballot to enter into the draw!

Please drop off any donations for the contest at Quichua, at 55 Byward Market Square, Ottawa.

Please contact Michele White at michelewhite205@gmail.com with any other donations you have for the book sale. Thank you so much for your support, and we can’t wait to see you there!

By |September 15th, 2018||

Thai Dinner and Silent Auction!

Our biannual Thai Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser is just around the corner! Please join us for wonderful food and even better company, all in support of KLEO!

When: Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Where: Nokham Thai restaurant – 747 Richmond Road, Ottawa
Time: 6:30 PM
Ticket price: $60 (includes a $35 tax receipt)

Please contact Nancy Maddams at nama108@rogers.com for tickets, and please indicate preference of either the vegetarian or the regular (chicken and beef) menu.

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2017 GIANT Book Sale – KLEO

KLEO Book Sale – The Book sale team is hard at it, at the unit in Kanata, once again generously donated by Dymon Storage. If you have gently used books you would like to donate please let us know. Send us a message and we will organize a pick up or drop-off time. Watch for more information about the sale at Dovercourt Recreation Centre on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2017

Coming Soon to the Dovercourt Community Centre



By |August 13th, 2017||

A Taste of Thailand!

UPDATE (06/17):

We have now sold out of tickets for Tuesday’s dinner and silent auction. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket!

We will update here about any future A Taste of Thailand dinner dates in case you missed out this time!


It’s time once again for our biannual A Taste of Thailand dinner and silent auction!

Join us on Tuesday, June 20th for an evening of fantastic food and even better company, all for a great cause! The fundraiser will once again be hosted at the wonderful Nokham Thai Restaurant.

Tickets are $60, which includes a $35 tax receipt. Tickets are still available, so contact the number or email bellow if interested!

Hope to see you there!

By |June 12th, 2017||

Yoga for KLEO

Please join us on New Years Day for a free two-hour yoga class! Empower ME Yoga in Westboro has so kindly offered to host this free class, which will run from 2:30pm-4:30pm. This is a give-what-you-want event, and all proceeds will go to support KLEO. We hope to see you there!

Where: 346 Richmond Rd (2nd Flr) Ottawa, ON

When: January 1st, 2017, 2:30pm-4:30pm

By |December 17th, 2016||

KLEO on CBC Radio’s Tapestry

Listen 16:31

The reality of long-term refugee settlement — tips for sponsors
For the past decade, Coleen Scott has helped Karen refugees make a new home in Canada. The Karen are the largest ethnic minority in Myanmar and they’ve been part of the longest ongoing civil war in modern times.

Coleen Scott is the founder of KLEO (Karen Learning and Education Opportunities).
Scott spends five months of the year in northwestern Thailand. She volunteers in refugee camps and works with parents, teachers, and students in schools in remote Karen mountain villages. The rest of the year, she can be found working alongside the Karen families she has helped settle in Ottawa. She’s worked with dozens of families over the past decade.

Scott is the founder of the Ottawa-based organization KLEO (Karen Learning and Education Opportunities).

She has learned a great deal about what it takes to successfully support refugees as they adapt to their new country.

Here are Coleen Scott’s tips for anyone sponsoring – or thinking of sponsoring – a newcomer to Canada.

Be patient, it takes time

“If supporters and […]

By |October 3rd, 2016||

KLEO Book Sale 2016

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education 

Help us keep Ethnic Karen Students in School in Their Homeland
$1,200.00 a year keeps one Karen student in High School in Thailand – including food, accommodation, uniform, books, school supplies with loving house-parents.
Annual Book Sale
Sorted by categories and alphabetized
Dovercourt Recreation Centre
411 Dovercourt Ave. Ottawa, Ontario
Sat. Sept. 24 – 9:00 – 3:30
Sun. Sept. 25 – 10:00 – 3:00

visit us on Facebook – KLEO Ottawa
www.kleosupportgroup.org – Events

By |September 8th, 2016||

Amazing People & Possibilities at Payup International College!

On Tuesday morning, February 16 Jen’s House students received a warm welcome, a tour and a presentation at Payup International College. The tour was led by the Head of International Campus Life, Melissa Stroud. Our English/Karen translator and Payup student, Wijit Wongboboon,  joined us as well and shared his own story with us at the end of the tour. The International College campus is the English Studies wing of Payup University.


Ingi’s connections in Chiang mai led to this unique opportunity for our students and they had been looking forward to it for weeks. It was the first time these, Jen’s House students, have been in a university environment and their excitement was evident when Ingi and I arrived at Payup to meet them. They didn’t know what to expect but were quickly put at ease by our tour guides. I know they were very happy to be able to communicate in their own language with Wijit, and to understand everything that was being shared. A full tour included computer labs, a class in progress, the Northern Tribe museum […]

By |March 4th, 2016||