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:
http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rebuild-flooded-burma-refugee-camp-recovery-centre/?show=giftAnd 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 31sthttp://www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/tribute-card-challenge/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 VolunteersMae Sariang, Thai/Burma Border
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