DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network)

DARE (Drug & Alcohol Recovery & Education) Network is a grassroots national NGO. DARE Network provides culturally appropriate non-medical treatment & prevention education to reduce substance abuse & associated social issues within the communities of displaced ethnic people from Burma, along the Thai/Burma border. DARE Network envisions the strength of ethnic people from Burma to use the power of recovery from addiction as a non-violent means to resist oppression. A Free Mind Cannot Be Destroyed.
Dec 16, 2012

Come together...

Playing around with bamboo toys
Playing around with bamboo toys

Dear Friends

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.

http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/6210/dare-network-drug-and-alcohol-recovery-and-education-ne/

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.

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/burmese-refugee-youth-prevent-addiction-and-violence/

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

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It's the little things that count.
Making music to prevent addiction
Making music to prevent addiction
Life can be very tough...but please come for help.
Life can be very tough...but please come for help.

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Dec 16, 2012

Celebrating the Season Together

Kids being kids
Kids being kids

Dear Friends

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.

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.

http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/6210/dare-network-drug-and-alcohol-recovery-and-education-ne/

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.

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/burmese-refugee-youth-prevent-addiction-and-violence/

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 

In treatment...so young.
In treatment...so young.
DARE Teen, a Role Model
DARE Teen, a Role Model
DARE provides food.
DARE provides food.

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Nov 28, 2012

Creating On-going Opportunities for Burmese Refugee Youth

DARE Intern Wah Doh
DARE Intern Wah Doh

http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/6210/dare-network-drug-and-alcohol-recovery-and-education-ne/

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.

  • You will know that your on-going support will have longer term effects
  • You will receive updates of the impact of your contribution
  • You can consider yourself a partner in our work
  • You will know that our energy will go less into soliciting donations from you and more into putting your donations to work
  • You will trigger matching funds from GlobalGiving
  • Your recurrent donations will be transferable to other DARE Network Projects, as we move forward

 Here is what is happening this December with GlobalGiving and DARE Network

 The Recurring Donation Campaign begins December 1, 2012 at 12:01 am ET and ends December 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm ET.

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

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