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.
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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Aug 14, 2012

10 Months Since the Flooding...What Have We Done?

Umpiem Replacing the Roof
Umpiem Replacing the Roof

Dear Friends

Hard to believe it has only been 10 months since the flooding in Thailand devastated the Burmese Refugee Camps on the Thai/Burma Border.  Since that time, thanks to all of you we have raised $12,900 dollars of the $20,000 we projected we would need to recover our DARE Centres in 5 camps.

Three of the DARE Centers have been completely rebuilt by the refugee DARE workers.  These also, have been re-supplied with items needed for treating the refugees who come to DARE Network to recover from their addictions and for activities for the young people in the camps to prevent future addiction.

The other two DARE Centers are nearly completed.  We are attaching some photos for you to see the progress of the work in Nu Poe and Umpiem Mai camps.  Umpiem camp was also hit by a big fire this year.  DARE lost the roof of the building.  Fortunately no one was hurt from DARE and we were going to take the roof off anyway, as it was already damaged by the bad weather.

We are still in need of funding for the interior of the buildings in Nu Poe and Umpiem, which includes sleeping mats, mosquito nets, white boards for training, kitchen supplies, stoves and pots for cooking for the clients and paper materials for treatment and training, sports equipment for the young people, art supplies and musical instruments.  We also need a few additional items to finish off the buildings themselves.

The situation in the camps have become more difficult as Burma opens up.  Life may be better in the cities in Burma and the big donors are lining up to get in there, but they are neglecting the camps as a results.  Rations have been cut causing more hunger, poverty creating further social problems including addiction.  We at DARE are needed now more than ever.  Until people can return home safely, they are stuck in the camps depressed and desperate.

Fortunately, our workers are doing their best to alleviate the suffering and learning how to support each other.

Thanks to all of you for your support.  Feel free to continue. Or consider making a recurrent donation.  It will go a long way and you can rest assured that every cent that comes to us from GlobalGiving goes directly to the refugees.

Pam

DARE Network

Working on the floor
Working on the floor
Painting to prevent insect destruction
Painting to prevent insect destruction
Umpiem Mai DARE Centre
Umpiem Mai DARE Centre
DARE Staff in front of building
DARE Staff in front of building
High balance
High balance
Jun 11, 2012

We are stuck!

Dear Friends

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

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