meet our team members
Sharing Hope embodies community in action. We represent a decade of partnership with Karen refugees in Victoria and their Australian neighbours. We are a dynamic, relational and grassroots NGO that partners in community led aid and reconstruction projects in refugee camps, IDP camps, schools and villages in Thailand and Karen State, Burma.
Sharing Hope’s Australia team has dedicated workers from a range of backgrounds. All members of our team work with the Karen people, either directly through Sharing Hope or in other capacities. Our board of directors have extensive experience in community development, aid and refugee support, administration and policy development, and financial management.
In April of 2019 Sharing Hope received a local award for our work in the community. Additionally, two members of our board also received awards for their involvement in other community engagement activities. Leadership responsibilities primarily rest on our two Co-Directors; Jordan, a Karen refugee who had become an outspoken advocate for the Karen people and Kathy, who has extensive experience in administration, capacity building, and policy development.
Our border team comprises of Karen community development workers who live along the Thai-Burma border. All of our projects are managed by local community leaders, with our team liaising with them regularly to report back to us how our publicly funded projects are progressing.
Sharing Hope would not exist without the dedication and professionalism of our border team.
GenHope is an organisation within Sharing Hope that works to empower Karen young adults in Australia and on the Thai-Burma border to share the story of the Karen people. They are frequently called on to speak at schools, churches and conferences and have so far raised over $15,000 for Sharing Hope’s aid programs.
After coming to Victoria from Mae La Refugee Camp, Jordan quickly established himself as an advocate and leader for the Karen refugee community. Jordan is now well known in the community and has received multiple awards in recognition of his tireless work.
With an extensive background in administration and organisational management, Kathy has worked hard behind the scenes to build Sharing Hope from a small group of concerned community members into a legitimate and effective NGO.
Gitta has worked with the Karen and other refugee groups for over two decades, helping them settle in Victoria and find employment opportunities. This led to Gitta receiving the Knox Citizen of the Year award for her work with refugee communities.
Through his love of sport and passion to see young people thrive, Ben has made strong connections with Karen of all ages. His particular joy is seeing young Karen people retain their cultural heritage, while also embracing their new lives in Australia.
From day one Calvin has enthusiastically welcomed Karen refugees into the community. His trips to the Thai-Burma border have led him to fall in love with the Karen culture and people. He hopes to move to Thailand soon, in order to better engage with our team there.
Luke quickly befriended Karen young people when they began to come to Croydon Hills. A mutual love for soccer did the rest. Now Luke speaks Karen, and has extremely good relationships with Karen people in Australia and on the Thai-Burma border. Currently Luke is the Team Leader of GenHope.
Outer eastern karen community chair
Tim is a community leader for the Karen people here in Victoria, currently Chairing the Outer Eastern Karen Community. He has worked hard to help Karen refugees find a place in Australia, and remain connected with other Karen throughout the country.
Early in life, Jack’s received support through Compassion Australia, resulting in his deep passion for seeing young people supported. He is a firm advocate for mentoring and leadership development.
Matt has used his role as a pastor to bring together Karen young people with their counterparts in the wider Australian community. He loves seeing young people find an identity within themselves that is vibrant, caring and informed.
Deb has spent a great deal of time befriending Karen women, and working with them as they get used to life in Australia. Alongside her husband Calvin, Deb is planning on moving to the Thai-Burma border and there hopes to work in the area of maternal health.
Pastor Peacefully is a community advocate, with a particular passion for holistic education. Alongside his work with Sharing Hope, he is the director of a Thai based migrant learning center which educates hundreds of Karen displaced students. Peacefully is also an articulate and authoritative voice for justice and peace.
Tee Toh has done a great deal to ensure many young people living in Mae La Refugee camp receive an education. Additionally, he has worked to ensure Karen Christians have a safe place to peacefully worship, and that students who wish to train as pastors gain the required training and support.
Having worked with the International Rescue Committee and other recognised NGOs, Dan has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. Dan has also worked very hard to build up schools and safe zones for students still living in Karen State.
Administrating some of our most remote projects, Taku has also been heavily involved in supporting malaria clinics and other medical outposts. His work has taken him all over Karen State.
After a career as a teacher, Beth has transferred her formidable administrative stills to Sharing Hope, where she compiles mountains of data, turning them into charts and tables that make things simple for everyone. Basically Beth patiently does all the tedious jobs the rest of us would rather avoid.
Steve has worked as an accountant with the Baptist Union of Victoria, and also spent time working with missional organizations in Papua New Guinea. Steve ensures all funds are accounted for and audited, doing critical work for our small NGO.
David joined the Sharing Hope team after completing his degree in International Development. Five years later he is our Program Coordinator, overseeing project management and development.
After interning at Sharing Hope in 2019, Shannon quickly impressed us with her graphic design skills and her interest in the Karen situation, going on a trip to the Thai-Burma border that year. Now, Shannon works as our Development Coordinator, overseeing our digital and social media presence.
Sharing Hope Ltd is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission. Our finances are audited annually and our Annual Reports are available upon request. We are a public benevolent institution and donations over $2 are tax deductible.