Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction & Violence

Nov 28, 2012

Creating On-going Opportunities for Burmese Refugee Youth

DARE Intern Wah Doh
DARE Intern Wah Doh


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.

An example of our success working with youth is Wah Doh, who is interning with DARE right now.  Wah Doh was born in the refugee camp on the bank of the Salaween River, 20 years ago.  He was educated in the camp and had the determination to pass every educational opportunity that came his way.  He is just completing a post-high school Public Health Program in Umpiem Mai Refugee camp.  Wah Doh said that “most of the young people in the camp use alcohol and drugs, because of the war on civilians in his land Karen State.  Wah Doh lost his father when he was young because there was not adequate health care available to save him.  And yet, Wah Doh‘s passion to help his people overcome their addictions, especially the youth like him, kept him away from Substance Abuse.  He is a remarkable and intelligent young man and we are proud to have him with us at DARE. As you may have read in the news, things are changing in Burma.  But the situation remains for the refugees on the Thai/Burma Border.  We must maintain our services to them as big International Donors abandon the refugees and move their funding to Rangoon.  In the camps, rations have been reduced, education and health care have deteriorated and social problems, including addiction, have increased.

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 at 11:59 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 each. Projects 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



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Project Leader

Pam Rogers

Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son Thailand

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Map of Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction & Violence