Blue Line shares a percentage of our revenue annually with charitable and philanthropic organizations We are especially thankful to our clients who make this participation possible.
Blue Line is devoted to doing the right thing at our desks but also in the local and global communities.
Ron Levis, the owner of Blue Line, is a co-founder of Project KARE (Karen Alliance for Refugee Education). Project KARE improves the lives of the persecuted Karen ethnic minority group from Myanmar by providing school supplies and English language training in refugee camps in Thailand and in Karen State in Myanmar. More than 2,000 Karen refugees have been resettled in Denver by the UNHCR.
If you would like to help us buy school supplies for Karen people see details at Project KARE.org. Project KARE is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit. US donations are tax-exempt.
In December 2016 Ron returned for the third time to the Mae Ra Moe (MRM) refugee camp on the Myanmar border of northwest Thailand. Ron’s friend, and ESL student in Denver, Su Baw, lived in the MRM camp for 15 years until she and her family were resettled to Colorado in 2010 as refugees from Karen State in Myanmar.
The MRM camp is home to 12,000 refugees and is one of seven camps providing safe refuge to ~100,000 members of the Karen ethnic minority group. To learn more about the Karen people and the hardship they’re escaping in Burma – see the Karen News on-line.
Thanks to our many generous donors we delivered school supplies to 4,000+ students in five high schools at MRM and in Karen State in Burma. Our collective effort filled three trucks with pens, pencils, chalk, notebooks, copy paper, laptop computers and much more!
The highlight of Ron’s trip was teaching English to students in high schools in Karen State in Myanmar. We learned that we were the very first volunteers to teach English in Day Bu Noh village. We all felt so privileged! Ron partnered with two Project KARE volunteer ESL teachers from Melbourne Australia. While English is studied daily in high school, the Karen pronunciation of many words is remarkably different. Learning American and Australian English pronunciation filled classrooms with many laughs and huge smiles!
Many thanks to Su Baw and the Karen American community in Colorado who contributed so generously to helping students at Mae Ra Moe Refugee Camp and in Day Bu Noh village in Karen State.
Special thanks to …
Su Baw and Lah K’Paw & family
Ed Levis for continued exceptional generosity
Brenda Levis of NYC Navigator
Rose Keating and her team of volunteers at Denver Tech for All
Pictured above, Ron with all the 12th grade students at the No. 1 High School in Mae Ra Moe.
Ron Levis, owner of Blue Line, volunteers weekly as an English tutor at the Asian Pacific Development Center in Aurora, CO. If you would like to volunteer please contact APDC.org.
Photos below are from Ron’s trip to the Mae Ra Moe refugee camp in Mae Hong Son province on the border of Myanmar (Burma).
To see more of Ron’s MRM trip, see his videos on YouTube.
Teacher “Eh Eh” with Ron in classroom at Mae Ra Moe
Students and staff exploring the newly arrived laptops
Enthusiastic Grade 12 students in No. 1 High School at MRM
To learn more about Project KARE and the Karen people, or to find out how you can contribute to their education for a brighter future, please see the following sites.
Do you know someone who might want to volunteer as an English teacher in the Mae Ra Moe Refugee Camp? See more details at the Project KARE Volunteer Q&A page
Students and teachers at MRM would enthusiastically welcome volunteer English teachers! Please contact me directly for info.