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
The holidays are approaching and I am sure you are getting inundated with requests from hundreds of organizations. Personally, I know how you feel because it happens to me too. The other thing that happens is that all these groups send out pictures of suffering people. Photos of people who are starving, wounded, flooded, earthquaked, tsunamied and war traumatised. Innocent, vulnerable people. We have sent out these kinds of photos to you too. It may be difficult to relate to them.
It is overwhelming sometimes and can induce feelings of guilt and hopelessness. Sometimes it is just easier to turn it off and ignore them all. I do this sometimes too. The solution perhaps is just to pick one or two and get behind them the best you can.
Fortunately, for me, a western person, I have had the amazing privilege of getting to know many of the people you see in the photos. I say fortunately, because this makes it real for me and I have learned much. They are breathing, thinking, emotional people just like you and me trying to survive in extremely difficult situations. The trouble is they have so few resources to do this. And yet, they make do. It is inspiring to me to see people live so bravely with so little. Could I do it? Could you?
The last 10 years I have spent on the Thai/Burma border, in and out of the refugee camps. Together with the dedicated staff and community leaders we created our program DARE Network from the ground up. We have no International Headquarters and no expat salaries. Over the years, many people from around the world have got behind our programs. Each one of them has built this work with us and empowered the Burmese refugee people to own it and run it themselves.
You are one of the people whom we consider part of our work. You are essential and you do make a difference.
GlobalGiving is also making a difference to us by supporting ways in which we can partner with you. The latest is their Tribute Card Campaign. This campaign goes from now until the end of December. If you make a donation in the name of someone else, we can be eligible for extra funds from GlobalGiving.
“This holiday season, we're giving away $10,000 in bonus awards to the top 15 projects with the most individual donors who make donations in honor of someone else.” GlobalGiving
Here is the leader board: http://www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/tribute-card-challenge/
Here are the links to our projects on GlobalGiving: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rebuild-flooded-burma-refugee-camp-recovery-centre/
Please help me support these incredible people. Every dollar, every pound, every Euro counts.
Capacity Advisor/Addiction Trainer
Mae Sariang, Thailand/Burma Border
The Thai floods of 2011 started in the north of Thailand, where DARE Network works in 5 Burmese Refugee camps on the Thai/Burma Border. During this rainy season our DARE Centre buildings were badly damaged. We have already rebuilt 1 Centre but need your help with 4 more. DARE (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education) Network provides highly successful community-based prevention education and non-medical culturally appropriate addiction treatment to the communities of 150,000 Burmese Refugees.
As you begin to celebrate this season of peace and love, we at DARE hope that you will be able to contribute to the rebuilding of our DARE Centres. The flooding and severe weather has made our Recovery Centres dangerous to inhabit. Regardless, we continue in our work. However, a safer and more secure environment ensures a better chance of recovery for the affected refugees and the health of the brave local refugee DARE staff that help them.
This season, GlobalGiving provides an opportunity to give a gift in honour of someone else through GlobalGiving's Tribute Cards. You may want to donate in the name of a friend, family member or another significant person and let them know about your gift using the Tribute Cards you can send online at the project site on GlobalGiving.
Your past support of our work has made great changes for DARE's programs for youth. We hope you will take the time to consider our new project. Also, by sharing the project with your friends, families and colleagues on social network sites, through email and just by plain old-fashioned face to face conversation, you will help raise awareness and educate others about the situation here on the Thai/Burma border.
In this season, the refugees truly miss their homeland and hope for peace so they can return to it in safety and dignity. All of us here at DARE, wish all of you who have made a difference, a peaceful and safe holiday season.
It is hard to believe it is almost a year since we started the Burmese Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence project. We have all of you to thank for its success so far. We have almost raised enough money to finish this project.
2. How money has been spent
Burmese Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence
* To be transparent these costs included transportation of materials and food for local DARE Network staff but no overheads.
3. Should we be successful in raising the final $3000. for this project we have a special activity in mind.
In 2008-09 DARE Network had an exchange project with a First Nation tribe called Nishnawabe Aski Nation to share cultures, histories and addiction issues and solutions. The Primate World Relief and Development Fund supported this exchange. The exchange was very successful as the peoples from both sides of the world related their loss of culture, poverty and oppression to an increase abuse of drugs and alcohol. The representatives of the Nishnawabe Aski Nation travelled to the refugee camps. Among other ways, they shared the meanings of their culture in visual ways with posters. The Karen people of Burma have never illustrated their beliefs and were inspired to make a poster of their cultural traditions. In turn, the Nishnawabe Aski Nation paid for the publication of the poster. A fitting circle of its own.
The poster was used to help people reconnect with their roots and to help children born in the refugee camp to understand who they are. When this happens, recovery from addiction is more effective and return to values prevents addiction.
Now we hope that the last $3000 we raise through GlobalGiving will go to the Burmese Youth Preventing Addiction and Violence to do a small project in the 5 refugee camps where DARE Network works. The idea is to use the Cultural Poster with music. The young people will choose a section of the circle illustrated on the poster and write songs using the musical instruments that have been donated by many of you, about the meaning of that part of the Cultural Circle. They will then share these songs with each other, their parents, schools and the greater community reclaiming their traditions and helping everyone connect to who they are, even after 30 years in a refugee camp.
4. DARE Network posted a new project on GlobalGiving this week.
You may be aware of the flooding in Thailand this year, which is the worst in a decade. The Burmese Refugee Camps did not escape this ongoing disaster.
We propose to rebuild our DARE Recovery Centres, which have been damaged badly by the flooding and the extreme weather. We will attempt to raise funding to do so.
Here is the link to the new project. http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rebuild-flooded-burma-refugee-camp-recovery-centre/
At this time of year, as you gather your families together or reflect on your blessings, please consider another donation. Either project will benefit. Help us continue with the Youth Project or help us rebuild our DARE Recovery Centres. Any and all contributions will go a long way and remember, we are grassroots. No big overheads, no expat salaries…everything for the refugees.
Again, huge thanks to all those who have supported the DARE Network teams in their struggle to combat the substance abuse which affects the displaced communities of Eastern Burma. They continue to be faced with an uncertain future and difficult daily life. Local media are reporting a possible increase in armed conflict and refugee numbers as the end of the rainy season approaches.
Two of the communities you support are just recovering from flooding that has left more than 1500 people in one community living in temporary shelters due to damaged or destroyed houses. In addition one badly affected section of about 2300 people has been cut-off from most forms of assistance as the only bridge connecting them to the main camp was destroyed in the flood, they are now relying on 2 small boats for emergency transport and to ferry supplies. The broader area was also affected with significant landslides and flooding claiming 7 lives and destroying many houses across the region. Due to your support DARE is able to make a small contribution to the combined effort to get peoples’ lives back to normal.
Despite the weather and damage the DARE Network teams continue to carry out the vital work you support them to do. World anti-drug day events were held in all 5 refugee camps during June, with displays, sporting events and rallies building community awareness and participation in the battle against the effects of drugs and addiction. The monthly Frisbee tournaments are still being held and the teenager teams are still visiting schools with the message about the consequences of using drugs and alcohol.
Some feedback from Umpiem Camp;
DARE Network Program benefit to our community. We can say benefit because of some of client after they finished treatment and stay free from using. And when they see us in community they explain to other people that how DARE worker help him and take care of him to free from this problem. And more people are accepting us by providing addiction knowledge to community.
- If possible want to recruit more workers in our team.
- If possible we want to recruit more teenagers to our teenagers group.
- Need more sport equipment for teenagers (because they are very active in emotional, physical and if we can support them it will benefit to our community a lot).
We hope you can continue to support our work.
DARE Network Team
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Mae Hong Son,
Mae Hong Son