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.
Jun 10, 2013

Amazing People Thank You. We did it Together.

World Anti-Drug Day in Camp
World Anti-Drug Day in Camp

Hello Everyone,

This will be our final report on our project Rebuild Flooded Burma Refugee Camp Recovery Centre.  All of you have contributed to our goal and although we may not have met the financial goal, we certainly were able to rebuild our DARE Centres, thanks to your generosity.

The refugee staff of DARE supported by the local camp management and of course our intrepid Core Staff bringing in supplies and encouragement did the labour, along with former clients from our Addiction programs. Now all is safe and secure.  Hopefully there will be no more storms, floods, fires.  People have enough suffering already.

The situation in Burma remains unstable.  It may be a few years yet before the Burmese refugee can return safely home.  DARE will continue to offer our Addiction prevention education and treatment programs, in an environment of extreme insecurity.

If you want to continue to support our work please see our project Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence, here on GlobalGiving.   We would appreciate anyone who is giving a recurring donation to transfer their gifts to this project.

Thank you once again from all of us at DARE Network on the Thailand/Burma Border

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Mar 18, 2013

Burmese Migrant Kids Have Fun Preventing Addiction

Listening and Learning
Listening and Learning

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.

In 2012:

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.

 

 

 


Volunteer Jiew explaining the game
Volunteer Jiew explaining the game
Ready for the drills
Ready for the drills
Playing the Game
Playing the Game
Who will win the Addiction quiz?
Who will win the Addiction quiz?
The Happy, Hot and Tired Volunteers
The Happy, Hot and Tired Volunteers

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Dec 27, 2012

Burma Facts and Myths

Running from the Burmese Army
Running from the Burmese Army

Burma Facts:

  • For the last 60+ years civilians in Burma have been attacked by the Burmese Junta controlled army
  • The ethnic people of Burma have be murdered, tortured, used for forced labour and human landmine clearing
  • For over 35 years ethnic peoples of Burma have been forced to run for their lives to closed refugee camps on the Thai/Burma Border
  • Thousands of children have been born in these camps and have never been outside them
  • Culture has broken down and domestic violence is common
  • 50-80% of camp families have alcohol abuse problems

Refugee Camp Facts: 

  • 70% of Burmese Refugee Youth use alcohol and drugs
  • Alcohol and drugs are cheap
  • Refugee youth as young as 14 years old inject opium
  • Gang violence in the refugee camps sends 347 young people to the hospital each month
  • Girls are leaving their traditional roles to take up smoking and drinking
  • Unprotected sex between refugee teenagers as a result of alcohol use results in pregnancies and HIV.  This completely breaks their cultural values

DARE Facts

  • Over 12 years DARE Network has provided prevention education and/or treatment to over 80,000 people
  • DARE Network’s treatment success rate is 63%, double western standards
  • DARE Network is a culturally appropriate, non-medical program run by the refugees for the refugees
  • DARE Network’s program for youth saves lives

 Burma Myths:

  • Life is now better in Burma and the refugees can go home

 Burma Facts:

  • Their still is no Peace in the ethnic areas of Burma
  • The refugee camps endure with less funding, less resources and more need

You can help.  Give a recurring donation today to DARE Network’s youth programs

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

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.

Forced Labour
Forced Labour
Villages burned.  Families lost.
Villages burned. Families lost.
Everything gone.
Everything gone.
Barbed wire refugee camp fences
Barbed wire refugee camp fences
Burmese Refugee Camp Life
Burmese Refugee Camp Life

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