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.
Nov 28, 2012

Roofs, Floors and Safety

Working Conditions
Working Conditions

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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.

After the flooding and extreme in the camps last year, DARE was able to rebuild most of our recovery centres. However, like many disaster relief responses, after the emergency is over it is thought that all the needs have been met.  Mae La Camp is home to 80,000 Burmese refugees who have lost everything. Addiction is a natural response to the pain of these losses. See our microprojects that will finish rebuilding our DARE Centre in Mae La Refugee camp.  As well, we are always concerned about the safety of our core staff as they travel the rough mountain roads of the Thai/Burma Border.  Please see our Microproject about how we can keep our hard-working staff alive as they visit our DARE Teams in the camps.

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 at11:59 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 eachProjects 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

A Stronger Roof
A Stronger Roof

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Nov 13, 2012

A Floor, A Roof, A Truck Bumper

Muddy Roads bang up our Truck
Muddy Roads bang up our Truck

Eastern North America has just gone through one of the worst storms in its history.  All eyes will be on recovery from this storm.  Even with adequate warning and technological backup, emergency services, electricity and heat, many people died and were injured.  Property damage is in the millions.

It feels hopeless to ask you all to look once again at our efforts to recover from last year’s tropical storms and flooding in the Burmese refugee camps, but perhaps now you may have a feeling of the power of such a storm.

Here we have no brick walls, no services.  As we continue to recover from the floods and extreme weather, a year later we have done much with many thanks to all of you.

We invite you to have a look at our new GlobalGiving Micro Projects for Rebuild Burma Refugee Recovery Centres.  Just go to the project site on GlobalGiving.  Even if we can fund these 3 small micro projects, we will be doing very well.  We need 1 Roof, 1 Floor and Bumpers for our truck.

To look to the future, during the month of December, GlobalGiving will be offering 100% match on all initial recurring donations up to $100 per donor. They have $25,000 in matching funds available and matching will last until December 31st or 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. To qualify for the match and for bonus awards, donors must give for 3 consecutive months following the initial donation (for a total of 4 months).

We will be participating in this challenge.  As a donor to DARE Network’s projects we hope you will consider converting your donation to a monthly recurring contribution.

More later about this event.  In the meantime stay safe wherever you are.

Please have a look at the photos of the work that still needs to be done.

Wishing you well.

From all of us at DARE Network

The Floor Needs Replacing So No One Gets Hurt
The Floor Needs Replacing So No One Gets Hurt
The Roof Needs to be replaced with Tin.
The Roof Needs to be replaced with Tin.
More Floor
More Floor

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Sep 11, 2012

How we prevent addiction.

Frisbees can be hats too!
Frisbees can be hats too!

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.

Time for play.
Time for play.
Puppet Show
Puppet Show
Teens for Kids Program in Mae La Camp
Teens for Kids Program in Mae La Camp
Creating together.
Creating together.
Culture
Culture

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