Inner Ocean Empowerment Project is working to raise funds to document the now oral traditions of the aging refugees in the community who hold this vital information so the wisdom of their ancestors and important traditions aren’t lost and forgotten.

Now that conflicts inside Burma have been going on for more than 50 years, entire generations are growing up in refugee camps or IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps. These people have no access to the wisdom of their ancestors and important traditions are dying. We would also like to create a certificate of recognition of these elders for their wisdom which would allow them to train the younger generations. These traditions include local herbal medicine, healing practices, traditions and rituals, among others. Once there is proper certification and documentation, our hope is that the Karen State Department of Health will offer this medicine back into their communities to keep it alive and perhaps join in with the efforts of the mobile clinics. If preservation of of traditional medicine is important to you, please click here to show us!