Kho Pha Cho, Tham Hin Camp
His name is Kho Pha Cho but normally people call him “Tee Poe” which means “Little Uncle”. He fled from Burma/ Myanmar in 1997. He still remembers the first year when he arrived. There were only a few houses because Tham Hin camp had been just been established. The camp needed some people to work for the communities so Kho Pha Cho devoted himself as he likes to support people. In 1998 he was selected as a Zone II Secretary and in 2001 he became 3rd Secretary responsible for shelter activities. Later he took on responsibilities related to warehouse activities with TBC. He has now been in that position for 17 years.
Kho Pha Cho says: “I realise that I had learnt so many things since I arrived to the camp and I have been able to help many people which I am really proud of. I am now 62 years old. Many people keep asking me why I am still working. I tell them that age is of no matter. A matter is that we should do what we like. I like to support the communities, therefore I continue working. People
in my family are also working for the communities. My wife used to work for KWO. One of my sons works as a Section Leader, two of my daughters work as teachers and one daughter works with COERR”.
Kho Pha Cho has seen that many of his friends went for resettlement to third countries to start a new life. He says: “That is good for them, but for me resettlement is not a choice. I have always hoped that one day I can go back to the place where I was born with my family and we can continue to support our people there”.