About Gyaw Gyaw
Gyaw Gyaw is a community development nonprofit that works with the vulnerable Karen people at the border between Myanmar and Thailand. Gyaw Gyaw, which means slowly, step-by-step in the Karen language, seeks to empower the Karen people by constructing resilient schools and houses using low-cost, sustainable building techniques and with community input to ensure designs are appropriate to the customs and culture of each village. Gwaw Gwaw was co-founded by Norwegian landscape architect Line Ramstad and villagers from the remote Karen village of Noh Bo in 2008. Ramstad visited Noh Bo as part of short-term architectural project, then when the project was finished she decided to stay and work in partnership with local villagers – a collective that would eventually become Gyaw Gyaw.
Gyaw Gyaw is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.