DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network), Mae Sariang, Thailandhttp://www.darenetwork.com
DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network), Mae Sariang, Thailandhttp://www.darenetwork.com
DARE Network's Teens for Kids Project will support <div>Ultimate Frisbee</div>, Art, and Music as an alternative to addiction & violence for girls and boys in 5 Refugee camps on the Thai/Burma border.
For over 30 years the ethnic people of Burma have been fleeing systematic destruction of their homeland, security, livelihoods, culture and freedom by the Military Regime of Burma. Running from forced labor, rape, landmines and murder, 150,000 people have ended up in Refugee camps on the Thai/Burma Border. Here they are prevented from working or leaving the camps. Trauma and loss have led to depression, addiction and community violence. Children and young people have no future and no hope.
DARE Network's Teens for Kids Project provides a voice to the youth of the refugee camps. Via training, sports, art & music refugee teens share knowledge and raise the self-esteem of themselves & children, influencing their families and communities.
By providing alternatives to drugs and alcohol and offering treatment to those in need, the project will improve family health, poverty and relationships. Violence in the community will be reduced. Young people will have a vital role in society.
TRAINING! TRAINING! TRAINING!
DARE Network is in the midst of its biggest Addiction Worker training since 2008. We are gathering our resources, upgrading our materials and creating incredible teams of workers, who will not only continue our work in the refugee camps but contribute to the expansion of our work into Burma and particular Karen State, when the conditions are right.
4 of our "Master" trainers are currently in Mae La Camp, half way through a 6 month training of new workers from Nu Poe, Umpiem Mai, Mae La, Mae Ra Moo, Mae La Oon and our Migrant Worker areas. The 30 new trainees are learning the theory and then will have the experiential learning through all of our programs, including treatment, working with our Youth Teams and community education. They will learn the skill from our trainers in their own languages with the training materials developed over our 14 years of working on the Thai/Burma Border.
When the training is finished, the new Addiction Workers will return to their respective areas to continue to contribute to the well-being of their communities.
Our core staff are also busy working on a final version of our training manual so that we can share our work inside Burma and even in third countries, where Burmese refugees have resettled all over the world.
All of this is a big undertaking for us. We want you to know we appreciate your continued support for our Youth Program and please know it makes a difference every day.
Your on-going support means alot to our program and allows us to generate further support. There is great interest in the Burmese Refugees and the root causes of their plight. We often have visitors to our programs including researchers and donors.
We want to share with you some of the outside reaction we get from people who visit DARE Network in the refugee camps.
*Lucinda Lai  is a Gates Cambridge Scholar doing an MPhil in Sociology. For more information about her work, click here. Picture caption: As part of a camp-based mental health workshop, a student's sketch of the drug and alcohol problems that she observes in her community of refugees at the Thai-Burma border.
Refugee camps are supposed to provide shelter from conflict and persecution, but, for Burmese refugees in Thailand, life in camp introduces a whole new set of dangers. These refugee camps have become a fertile breeding ground for drug and alcohol addiction.
I visited the Thai-Burma border camps last year as part of my work with a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to building up mental health services for refugees. I found that individuals turned to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope, however dysfunctionally, with the stress of protracted confinement in a place completely lacking in the opportunities for productive or meaningful living.
Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the camps. It is cheap and readily available in the form of homebrewed distilled rice liquor. These home brews can be fairly toxic with things like pesticides, fertilisers and rubber thrown in to make the concoction more potent or ferment more quickly. Research has shown that alcohol is used not only for recreation, but also as self-medication for pain and to cope with the boredom of life in camp, the depression and anxiety associated with the loss of traditional social structures and the stress of adapting to unfamiliar and austere living conditions.
In interviews with residents of the largest of the Thai camps, Mae La, some men revealed that they resort to substance abuse because they feel deprived of their typical means of livelihood. "We have only alcohol," one man said, "It's like being in a farm [...] surrounded by a fence." Many of these disenfranchised young men felt that they had no other avenues to express their frustration. "There is only alcohol to get release," said one.
Male respondents lamented the loss of their normal roles as providers for the household. Female respondents described the effects of alcohol abuse as adding stress and pressure on their families. Gender-based violence, crime, the serious neglect of children and the costs of alcohol and substance use on the family's finances all pose significant challenges to mental health. One camp resident put it this way: "The majority of addicts are men. Because of this, women are mentally ill."
On the other hand, camp-based drug and alcohol recovery programmes gather hope from their work, seeing it as an expression of non-violent resistance against the former military dictatorship. Indeed, Burma (also known as Myanmar) stands out as a major source of methamphetamine pills and opiates in Southeast Asia today, according to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Burma is the second largest opium grower in the world after Afghanistan.
Almost all of the opium Burma produces is grown in the eastern part of the country, in the states of the Shan and Kachin ethnic minorities. This area is also the site of long-standing conflicts between the minority groups' armies and the central government's military. The instability caused by these conflicts fuels the growth of opium and heroin production and is suggestive of a link between the highly profitable drug trade and the current plight of Burmese refugees.
One community-based recovery programme, DARE Network, has had remarkable success in the treatment of addicts in camp. They are a local organisation that developed in response to the urgent need to bring an end to the drug problems. DARE Network makes use of Burmese herbal medicines, acupuncture, herbal saunas, traditional massage and culturally appropriate therapies in their detoxification and rehabilitation programmes. They are guided by the belief that "recovery is a powerful weapon against those who benefit from the drug trade". Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction returns people to their communities, and healthy communities are more resilient to manage whatever political and economic transformations are yet to come.
At the individual level, addiction is directly related to feelings of powerlessness. But, there is also the growing realisation that addiction plays a role in the bigger story of Burmese refugees: persecution, armed conflict, instability, a profitable drug trade and undemocratic rule. It is only by supporting those who are trying to break free from the cycles of addiction that full and inclusive participation in the creation of a free Burma for all will be possible.
We feel this will give you some more insight into the DARE Network programs and we hope you will continue to support our work.
From all of us at DARE.
First of all. A great big huge wonderful thank you to everyone who participated in the Recurring Donation campaign in December. It was a big success and we managed to be in the top 5 projects. As a result, we received additional bonus and matching fund from GlobalGiving, thanks to all of you.
Our work with the Teenagers and Children in the refugee camps continues. The Teens Teams coordinate with their teachers, leaders and other teenagers to provide monthly Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Education in the schools.
As well, they continue to use Ultimate Frisbee as a means to play with children and other youth who may not be in school to share their knowledge and create a space for kids to talk about the challenges of living in a refugee camp. Many of these young people's parents abuse alcohol to cope with their losses. Many youth feel hopeless looking out of the camp as their future passes them by. They too are at risk for addiction.
Last month we had an amazing time with the Burmese Migrant children. Our wonderful volunteers from the Bangkok Soi Dawgz Ultimate Frisbee club, came up to the border to introduce the Migrant Kids to the game of Ultimate while our dedicated staff shared their addiction knowledge with the children. Please see the attached photos.
We also did some advanced training with our DARE Teenager Teams in Mae Ra Moo and Mae La Oon Refugee camps.
You may have heard that many changes have come to Burma. While it is true, that Aung San Suu Kyi is released and the government is loosening up, there are still attacks against ethnic groups. Ceasefires are tenuous until the Burmese Government really works toward peace through a political process. It still is not safe for people to return to their homeland from the refugee camps. The place is littered with landmines and the Burmese Army, rather than standing down, is building up their forces in the ethnic areas. Rations have decreased in the camps and people are become more impoverished. Drugs are coming into the camps in larger quantities and our challenges are increasing.
298 Dare Teens for Kids Program youth provided addiction knowledge to 16,000 other youth and children
5 DARE Teams and 298 Teens provided Addiction Prevention and Education to 25,846 children and youth and teachers in their schools
DARE Network Teams in 5 camps provided addiction treatment to 124 addicted teens. DARE has a 61% success rate of non-relapse across all the camps and all clients. (300 in 2012).
Our DARE Network Teens are making a big difference in their communities. You have helped make all this possible in 2012, 2013 and some of you recurring beyond. The DARE Teens have asked us for some new Tshirts. To this end we have posted a Microproject on GlobalGiving to raise money for these shirts. You can find it at link below.
Thanks from all us here on the Thai/Burma Border to you our partners around the world.
Refugee Camp Facts:
You can help. Give a recurring donation today to DARE Network’s youth programs
Get your donation matched by GlobalGiving and secure $500. Bonus Funds for DARE. The Recurring Donation Campaign ends at Midnight on December 31st. You still have time to help. Please do it today.
Greetings from the Burmese Refugee camps on the Thai/Burma Border. This season is a special time for the refugees. The cool season is here and the conditions are right for special events. Karen New Year corresponds with the calendar New Year and many people in the camps celebrate their cultures and religions, just like all over the world.
For the Burmese Refugees it is bitter-sweet as many families have suffered losses of their loved ones inside Burma. So many families have been unable to leave the camps for decades and so many children have known nothing but a refugee camp.
Our Youth Program continues over the holiday season as it is an excellent time for the teens and kids to share their knowledge with their families and friends. Statistics from the Refugee Camps show us that the biggest influence on parents substance abuse cessation comes from their children. As our Teen Teams share their addiction knowledge with other teens and children, the effect is increasing substantially.
This season please consider partnering with GlobalGiving to support these refugees through DARE Network’s work to prevent and treat addiction in the camps.
We have many projects to choose from and they can be found at this link.
If you want to make your donation really count, consider a recurring donation, which GlobalGiving is matching. If we receive 10 recurring donations on one project, before the bonus money of $25,000 runs out, we will receive an extra $500.
Our Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence Project already has 3 recurring donations made in the last week. Help us get to 10. Go to this link and us the recurring donation tab.
Of course, if you prefer to make a one time donation to any of our programs, we would be very thankful indeed.
If you find you can help out, make sure you get your donation in soon to take advantage of the bonus funds while they last.
Happy Holidays from all of us at DARE Network
Greetings Friends of DARE Network from the Thailand/Burma Border.
DARE Network has been providing Addiction Prevention and Non-medical, culturally appropriate treatment to the refugees from Burma for the last 12 years.
A big thank-you for all your support to DARE Network’s programs for the Burmese Refugees. Because of your help, we have been able to rebuild most our treatment centres and to provide Prevention Education activities for the thousands of young refugees in 5 Burmese Refugee Camps on the Thai/Burma Border.
An example of our success working with youth is Wah Doh, who is interning with DARE right now. Wah Doh was born in the refugee camp on the bank of the Salaween River, 20 years ago. He was educated in the camp and had the determination to pass every educational opportunity that came his way. He is just completing a post-high school Public Health Program in Umpiem Mai Refugee camp. Wah Doh said that “most of the young people in the camp use alcohol and drugs, because of the war on civilians in his land Karen State. Wah Doh lost his father when he was young because there was not adequate health care available to save him. And yet, Wah Doh‘s passion to help his people overcome their addictions, especially the youth like him, kept him away from Substance Abuse. He is a remarkable and intelligent young man and we are proud to have him with us at DARE. As you may have read in the news, things are changing in Burma. But the situation remains for the refugees on the Thai/Burma Border. We must maintain our services to them as big International Donors abandon the refugees and move their funding to Rangoon. In the camps, rations have been reduced, education and health care have deteriorated and social problems, including addiction, have increased.
We are in strategic preparations to follow the refugees into Karen State when peace is secure and they finally can return home. We will keep you up to date on these plans as they unfold and unfold they will.
This season we are approaching all of you who have donated in the past two years to consider becoming a recurring donor to our projects on GlobalGiving.
The benefits to you and to us of doing this are many.
Here is what is happening this December with GlobalGiving and DARE Network
Recurring donations must be initiated between December 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 in order to be eligible for matching and prizes
Recurring donations created on GlobalGiving.org will be matched 1-to-1 up to $100 per donor per project. Eligible recurring donations of $101 or more will be matched at $100.
GlobalGiving is offering $25,000 in matching funds. Matching will last until funds run out.
The top 5 projects that recruit the most recurring donors by 11:59 ET December 31, 2012 will win $500 bonus award each. Projects must have at least 10 new recurring donors to qualify for a bonus award.
To see ALL our GlobalGiving projects, including our new MicroProjects and to make a recurrent or other donation please go to http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/6210/dare-network-drug-and-alcohol-recovery-and-education-ne/
Please click on recurring donation and make a monthly donation that you can afford, keeping in mind what you donated last year.
Only credit card/debit card donations will work for this campaign.
If you find you can’t make a recurring donation, a one-time donation is very welcome indeed.
Thanks to people like you, DARE Network has been able to maintain its programs as we are not reliant on big government funding. But we still need your help.
We will keep you up to date on how we are doing in the challenge. That will depend on you. Wishing you all a peaceful season.
All the DARE Network Staff and DARE Teams on the Thai/Burma Border
Things may seem to be improving for some in Burma but on the border with Thailand 180,000 people are still locked up in refugee camps. They cannot work, cannot leave the camps and cannot go home. This has been going on for almost 40 years now.
Many children have been born in the camps of parents who have lost most of their lives. The kids are given basic education but the best and the brightest have nowhere to go after they finish school. Other kids just give up as there seems to be no point. These lost youthful spirits readily find that alcohol, glue sniffing and sometimes methamphetimines make life bearable....for awhile.
DARE Network continues to work with young people and children, girls and boys to provide stimulus and education about substance abuse. DARE provides culturally appropriate, non medical treatment to teens who are caught in addiction and provides art, music and sports to help prevent substance abuse problems before they start. Building pride and self-esteem even in a hopeless situation can be done. These young people take on the messages and share their education with their communities and families.
Thank you all for everything you have done to help us run these programs for the kids.
Here are a few pics for you to enjoy. Happy faces come from engagement and purpose.
All of you have been so supportive to the work of DARE Network. Our Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence has almost reached it's goal and nearly completed its work for this GlobalGiving project. We hope you have enjoyed the last 11 reports we sent to you on the accomplishments of our work with the young people in the Burmese Refugee camps.
However, because of the floods late last year our focus and your focus turned to recovering from that event.
But now we have a chance to finish our work on the Youth Addiction Prevention program. Our final project goal, as we have described before is to help the young refugees connect to their cultural roots through song writing and singing. The teens will choose one aspect of their traditional culture and create a song about it. Each team of teens will choose a different piece of culture to describe. Together they will share what they have written and sing for their elders. This will happen in 2 of the 5 camps we work in and reach out to several thousand people.
Loss of culture is a big factor in addiction in refugee camps.
Luckily for all of us, we can do this very quickly. We need only $1,468.00 to finish the project.
Because of your past support, DARE Network has become a SUPERSTAR on GlobalGiving.
This Wednesday, June 13th GlobalGiving is matching donations at a rate of 50% for SUPERSTAR partners. All other categories of projects will receive less. This is a big chance to finish the project.
It means we only have to raise $734.00 from all of you matched at 50% by GlobalGiving to make our final chapter of this project. Hope you all can help with this.
Please remember to give early in the day. GlobalGiving only has $75,000 to give in matching money to all the worthy projects it supports.
Thanks once again to all of you.
The Whole Team at DARE Network on the Thai/Burma Border
You have nearly reached the goal. DARE Network’s Teens for Kids Program to Prevent Addiction and Violence in the Burmese Refugee kids has only $1500. to raise.
This is what the final $1500. will do. The Teens are preparing their musical project to celebrate their culture through art and music. By playing and singing with traditional and modern instruments, these young people will ensure that their culture, which is so at risk after 30 years in refugee camps, stays alive. By involving other young people, children and their families they will show how connecting to their roots helps them to prevent the despair that comes from living for so long away from their homeland. In turn, they will help the future generations to avoid abusing alcohol and drugs, that they use to deal with the pain of hopelessness and dependence. Have a look at the photos and watch the short video link.
Wednesday, March 14th is GlobalGiving’s first BONUS DAY of the year. From 12:01 am to 11:59 Eastern Standard time, GlobalGiving will match donations with an additional 30%. If you want to help us reach our goal, this is a great day to give because a little more will go a lot further.
Have a look at the kids singing a traditional song on the YouTube link below and be sure to visit our website and Friends of DARE FaceBook Page.
Please consider a further gift on BONUS DAY, March 14th to help the Burmese Refugee Youth complete their project by the end of June. If you are willing to share this challenge with your friends, we can reach that $1500. goal even faster. Then we can show you what you and we have achieved to prevent addiction and violence among Burmese Refugee Youth.
Since November 23, DARE Network has worked hard to win the GlobalGiving Tribute Card challenge for our project Rebuild Flooded Burma Refugee Camp Recovery Centres. http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rebuild-flooded-burma-refugee-camp-recovery-centre/?show=gift We have been near or at the top of this challenge for several weeks now, thanks to donations from many people like you, who understand how much a grassroots organization like ours can do.
The challenge ends very soon on December 31st at Midnight. The premise of the challenge is to get as many "unique" donations as possible to receive $1500. in Bonus funding from GlobalGiving.
You may have already donated to it and for this we thank you. If you wish to make a further small donation, to help us win the bonus, please be sure to use a different payment method and email address to be "unique". Even another $10. donation to this campaign will help, as long as it is "unique".
If you haven't donated yet, please help us. Again, any size donation will get the job done. We have some strong competition and in some cases from organizations that are not so grassroots and that have big fundraising machines behind them. We are in a David and Goliath situation here.
Anyone, who wants to help please use this link only. It will take you directly to the Tribute Card Campaign for our project Rebuild Flooded Burma Refugee Recovery Centres. Make a donation in honour or memory of someone you love, respect, or want to remember to be sure it counts for the campaign and the bonus funds.
Some of what we accomplished in 2011
In 2011, DARE Network refugee camp based teams' Addiction Prevention Education reached over 6000 youth and children through 45 schools and over 79 Ultimate tournaments. DARE treated over 300 people suffering from addiction in our Recovery Centres and provided education and counselling to over 11,000 families. DARE continues through our programs to reduce poverty, violence and addiction in 5 refugee camps housing almost 150,000 people on a budget of just over $120,000. per year. We have no International overheads and all your donations go directly to the beneficiaries.
We need to recover from the flooding in the camps and we need to win the Tribute Card Challenge. We need you to be part of our team to reach these goals. Please donate today.
Please use this link and not the Burmese Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence. Thanks.
For the last week, we have managed to stay on top of the Leaderboard of the GlobalGiving Tribute Card Challenge for our new project: Rebuild Flooded Burma Refugee Recovery Centres. Look at it here:
And this is the Leaderboard so you can see us as number 1. But we are being chased by goats and rats and need your help to stay up there until December 31st
You have helped us so much in the past and actually got our place on the GlobalGiving Website. Now, look at us.
Some of you have already donated to our new project. As we are only just over half way to our goal to get the most "Unique Donors" to unleash the bonus funds provided by GlobalGiving, we need the help of everyone else.
The Tribute Card Challenge offers you the chance to give in honour or memory of someone else. It is the perfect holiday present to show someone you love them and that the love can be shared. If you donate, be sure to use the "gift" option to have it count in the Challenge. Click here to make a donation as a gift: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rebuild-flooded-burma-refugee-camp-recovery-centre/?show=gift.
Please take the time to look at the new project. Think about sharing it with your friends. And then donate using the gift option to help us rebuild our Recovery Centres in the Burmese refugee camps.
Wishing you peace and happiness in this season.
Pam and all the DARE Network Staff and Volunteers
Mae Sariang, Thai/Burma Border
The holidays are approaching and I am sure you are getting inundated with requests from hundreds of organizations. Personally, I know how you feel because it happens to me too. The other thing that happens is that all these groups send out pictures of suffering people. Photos of people who are starving, wounded, flooded, earthquaked, tsunamied and war traumatised. Innocent, vulnerable people. We have sent out these kinds of photos to you too. It may be difficult to relate to them.
It is overwhelming sometimes and can induce feelings of guilt and hopelessness. Sometimes it is just easier to turn it off and ignore them all. I do this sometimes too. The solution perhaps is just to pick one or two and get behind them the best you can.
Fortunately, for me, a western person, I have had the amazing privilege of getting to know many of the people you see in the photos. I say fortunately, because this makes it real for me and I have learned much. They are breathing, thinking, emotional people just like you and me trying to survive in extremely difficult situations. The trouble is they have so few resources to do this. And yet, they make do. It is inspiring to me to see people live so bravely with so little. Could I do it? Could you?
The last 10 years I have spent on the Thai/Burma border, in and out of the refugee camps. Together with the dedicated staff and community leaders we created our program DARE Network from the ground up. We have no International Headquarters and no expat salaries. Over the years, many people from around the world have got behind our programs. Each one of them has built this work with us and empowered the Burmese refugee people to own it and run it themselves.
You are one of the people whom we consider part of our work. You are essential and you do make a difference.
GlobalGiving is also making a difference to us by supporting ways in which we can partner with you. The latest is their Tribute Card Campaign. This campaign goes from now until the end of December. If you make a donation in the name of someone else, we can be eligible for extra funds from GlobalGiving.
“This holiday season, we're giving away $10,000 in bonus awards to the top 15 projects with the most individual donors who make donations in honor of someone else.” GlobalGiving
Here is the leader board: http://www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/tribute-card-challenge/
Here are the links to our projects on GlobalGiving: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rebuild-flooded-burma-refugee-camp-recovery-centre/
Please help me support these incredible people. Every dollar, every pound, every Euro counts.
Capacity Advisor/Addiction Trainer
Mae Sariang, Thailand/Burma Border
The Thai floods of 2011 started in the north of Thailand, where DARE Network works in 5 Burmese Refugee camps on the Thai/Burma Border. During this rainy season our DARE Centre buildings were badly damaged. We have already rebuilt 1 Centre but need your help with 4 more. DARE (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education) Network provides highly successful community-based prevention education and non-medical culturally appropriate addiction treatment to the communities of 150,000 Burmese Refugees.
As you begin to celebrate this season of peace and love, we at DARE hope that you will be able to contribute to the rebuilding of our DARE Centres. The flooding and severe weather has made our Recovery Centres dangerous to inhabit. Regardless, we continue in our work. However, a safer and more secure environment ensures a better chance of recovery for the affected refugees and the health of the brave local refugee DARE staff that help them.
This season, GlobalGiving provides an opportunity to give a gift in honour of someone else through GlobalGiving's Tribute Cards. You may want to donate in the name of a friend, family member or another significant person and let them know about your gift using the Tribute Cards you can send online at the project site on GlobalGiving.
Your past support of our work has made great changes for DARE's programs for youth. We hope you will take the time to consider our new project. Also, by sharing the project with your friends, families and colleagues on social network sites, through email and just by plain old-fashioned face to face conversation, you will help raise awareness and educate others about the situation here on the Thai/Burma border.
In this season, the refugees truly miss their homeland and hope for peace so they can return to it in safety and dignity. All of us here at DARE, wish all of you who have made a difference, a peaceful and safe holiday season.
It is hard to believe it is almost a year since we started the Burmese Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence project. We have all of you to thank for its success so far. We have almost raised enough money to finish this project.
2. How money has been spent
Burmese Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence
* To be transparent these costs included transportation of materials and food for local DARE Network staff but no overheads.
3. Should we be successful in raising the final $3000. for this project we have a special activity in mind.
In 2008-09 DARE Network had an exchange project with a First Nation tribe called Nishnawabe Aski Nation to share cultures, histories and addiction issues and solutions. The Primate World Relief and Development Fund supported this exchange. The exchange was very successful as the peoples from both sides of the world related their loss of culture, poverty and oppression to an increase abuse of drugs and alcohol. The representatives of the Nishnawabe Aski Nation travelled to the refugee camps. Among other ways, they shared the meanings of their culture in visual ways with posters. The Karen people of Burma have never illustrated their beliefs and were inspired to make a poster of their cultural traditions. In turn, the Nishnawabe Aski Nation paid for the publication of the poster. A fitting circle of its own.
The poster was used to help people reconnect with their roots and to help children born in the refugee camp to understand who they are. When this happens, recovery from addiction is more effective and return to values prevents addiction.
Now we hope that the last $3000 we raise through GlobalGiving will go to the Burmese Youth Preventing Addiction and Violence to do a small project in the 5 refugee camps where DARE Network works. The idea is to use the Cultural Poster with music. The young people will choose a section of the circle illustrated on the poster and write songs using the musical instruments that have been donated by many of you, about the meaning of that part of the Cultural Circle. They will then share these songs with each other, their parents, schools and the greater community reclaiming their traditions and helping everyone connect to who they are, even after 30 years in a refugee camp.
4. DARE Network posted a new project on GlobalGiving this week.
You may be aware of the flooding in Thailand this year, which is the worst in a decade. The Burmese Refugee Camps did not escape this ongoing disaster.
We propose to rebuild our DARE Recovery Centres, which have been damaged badly by the flooding and the extreme weather. We will attempt to raise funding to do so.
Here is the link to the new project. http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rebuild-flooded-burma-refugee-camp-recovery-centre/
At this time of year, as you gather your families together or reflect on your blessings, please consider another donation. Either project will benefit. Help us continue with the Youth Project or help us rebuild our DARE Recovery Centres. Any and all contributions will go a long way and remember, we are grassroots. No big overheads, no expat salaries…everything for the refugees.
Again, huge thanks to all those who have supported the DARE Network teams in their struggle to combat the substance abuse which affects the displaced communities of Eastern Burma. They continue to be faced with an uncertain future and difficult daily life. Local media are reporting a possible increase in armed conflict and refugee numbers as the end of the rainy season approaches.
Two of the communities you support are just recovering from flooding that has left more than 1500 people in one community living in temporary shelters due to damaged or destroyed houses. In addition one badly affected section of about 2300 people has been cut-off from most forms of assistance as the only bridge connecting them to the main camp was destroyed in the flood, they are now relying on 2 small boats for emergency transport and to ferry supplies. The broader area was also affected with significant landslides and flooding claiming 7 lives and destroying many houses across the region. Due to your support DARE is able to make a small contribution to the combined effort to get peoples’ lives back to normal.
Despite the weather and damage the DARE Network teams continue to carry out the vital work you support them to do. World anti-drug day events were held in all 5 refugee camps during June, with displays, sporting events and rallies building community awareness and participation in the battle against the effects of drugs and addiction. The monthly Frisbee tournaments are still being held and the teenager teams are still visiting schools with the message about the consequences of using drugs and alcohol.
Some feedback from Umpiem Camp;
DARE Network Program benefit to our community. We can say benefit because of some of client after they finished treatment and stay free from using. And when they see us in community they explain to other people that how DARE worker help him and take care of him to free from this problem. And more people are accepting us by providing addiction knowledge to community.
- If possible want to recruit more workers in our team.
- If possible we want to recruit more teenagers to our teenagers group.
- Need more sport equipment for teenagers (because they are very active in emotional, physical and if we can support them it will benefit to our community a lot).
We hope you can continue to support our work.
DARE Network Team
Dear Friends of DARE Network
We hope you had a chance to enjoy our report to you, sent out last week. DARE Network's Burmese Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence project has benefited so much from your support. If you haven't had a chance to read it, check your email again or find it on our Global Giving project site at
Today's report is just a reminder that there are only a few more days to take the decision to support this project on-going. It ends of FRIDAY, MAY 20TH AT 11:59.59 EDT.
So it's not to late to sign up. $3462.44 is what we have to raise to meet our $15,000 budget for this project. You have helped so much so far, please just help GlobalGiving take us over the top. Thanks so much.
DARE Network Staff and Volunteers on the Thai/Burma Border/
The Recurring Donation Campaign will take place between Monday, May 2 at 12:01:00 am EDT and Friday, May 20at 11:59:59 pm EDT. During this campaign, GlobalGiving is giving away $12,000 in bonus awards to help you encourage current (and new!) donors to sign up for recurring donations!
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DARE Network extends a big thank you to everyone who has supported the Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction Project on GlobalGiving. The Ultimate Frisbee tournaments held during January and February, 2011 for 5 of the refugee camps was a huge success with great comments from participants.
There were some challenges arranging transport and permission from authorities for our teenager teams to travel to nearby camps to play with each other, but we succeeded and everyone agreed it was worth the effort.
There were 79 mixed gender, 10 person teams from 5 Burmese Refugee Camps playing a total of 117 Ultimate Frisbee games. This means 790 Teens played Ultimate and shared Addiction Prevention Education with over 4,000 community members.
DARE Network Teenager Team Comments on Teens for Kids Project
- Very good for teenagers and youth to having new sport and program activity in our community to prevent addiction and having fun with activities. Not only teenagers and youth adult also having a change to participate.
- Frisbee game to make more relationship between girl and boy. Share response and learn how to be a leader. Take healthy time with sport and can stay away from using drug/alcohol.
- Music activity make fun and remind our kids to understand how important to keep our culture. And can learn mix music with fun and can use their mind for positive way. More time in activity and less time for addiction.
- Teenagers get more relationship between each other and know each other more because of sport game and teenagers can have a chance to share their knowledge that they learn from DARE workers.
- Teenager group become role model for other teenagers from community and family by doing activity as a group and we see more teenagers are joining together.
- Teenagers understand about girl and boy have equality and responsibility.
DARE Network Team leaders in each of the camps are continuing to organize both Frisbee and art/cultural activities for youth as a way to provide drug and alcohol prevention education and divert attention from the boredom of life in a closed refugee camp. With no chance of employment or freedom to travel it’s essential that people have hope and continue to create a full and rich community life for themselves. Your donations allow DARE Network workers to continue working with refugee youth to support this and help protect against substance abuse.
DARE Network teenage volunteers also continue to spread the message about drug and alcohol prevention to younger children supported with donations from you through GlobalGiving.
At this time we would like to invite you to GlobalGiving’s recurring donation campaign. Please visit your project at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/burmese-refugee-youth-prevent-addiction-and-violence/
To date all 91 of you have donated $11,488.00 leaving only $3,512.00 to complete the Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction Project. Please consider signing up for a monthly recurring donation at this time.
We won’t bug you over and over about this. Maybe once more before the campaign is over. But we are eligible for lots of bonus money from GlobalGiving. Think about it. $10.00 a month from each of you would take us over the top.
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The top 20 projects that receive the most new unique recurring donors will each be awarded a $500 bonus.
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DARE Network, like so many individuals and families, is finding these economic times difficult, and require us to look for new ways to finance our work, if you have any suggestions that might help please post a message or contact us via our website www.darenetwork.com .
Name- Eh Lah Say and Lay Doh Wah, Nu Poe Camp
The tournament make us feel satisfy because we have more relationship and a change to play with other organization and the teens from other camp and teenager from different school and teens from community. It is make us to feel more unity. We get the experiences from the game are girl and boy equality, self responsibility and solve conflict, stand on honesty, patient and helping other people. And get respect from other teenagers. We will share information about DARE and the services that they provide in community. We will call more teenager to the team and ask them to participate in the activity for to stay from using drug/alcohol.
I thought you all might enjoy this article that has just appeared in the on-line magazine Skyd. Skyd is the premier Ultimate Frisbee Magazine for players around the world. You can see the support that comes our way in terms of volunteerism for the Teens for Kids Program that you have supported. Please share this article with your friends, family and colleagues.
The GlobalGiving Challenge ended on December 23rd. After a vigorous 3 weeks of campaigning, DARE Network is happy to report that thanks to all of our very very generous donors, we secured a permanent place on the GlobalGiving Website. This was our goal to help provide a sustainable space on the internet to create awareness about the situation of Refugees from Burma and to support DARE Network's on-going program and projects.
Thanks to all of you, not only did we secure our place but we also raised over $9000. including the Bonus Day Bonus. We came in number 12 out of over 170 projects in the challenge. It was exciting for everyone here in the DARE Office in Mae Sariang, on the Thai/Burma Border to work hard and follow the results. Friends, family, Friends of friends and family, and virtual strangers all did what they could to make our project possible.
Now although we have more money to raise, we can begin our Teens for Kids project for 2011, starting with an Inter-Camp Youth Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. We expect that at least 60-80 teams will take part in the games giving the Burmese Refugee Teenagers a great opportunity to use their Addiction Prevention knowledge to share with other Teens, Children, Families and Community Leaders. We expect to reach well over 3000 people. You will see the pride in the young peoples' faces when we send you some photos in a couple of months.
The Ultimate Tournament may result in two young refugees, a boy and a girl, getting the opportunity to go to Bangkok to the big South-East Asian Hat Tournament in February. They will be sponsored by the Soi Dawgz Ultimate Team, a group of Thai and Ex-pat players who volunteered their skills, money and time to the DARE Program over the last 3 years. We just have to convince the Thai Authorities to let these to young players out of the camps for a few days. Now that will be a challenge! But we will try.
Meanwhile, with the rest of the money raised and possibly more to come through Global Giving, we will start to plan our Traditional Music Programming and Puppet Shows in the camps to help children stay away from Solvent Abuse.
Thanks once again to everyone who supported the December Global Giving Challenge for DARE Network. Please tell your friends and neighbours about our work and direct them to www.darenetwork.com to learn more or visit the project at GlobalGiving.