The Amazing Project. What is possible? Let's find out together. DARE Network, with its long-term capacity building, educated workers and deep local relationships is ready to take first steps inside Burma. DARE has operated for over 12 years a cutting-edge program blend of east meets west, that takes the knowledge and experience of the local people together with the principals of western practices to create a unique yet universally transferable non-medical addiction program for indigenous people.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
According to the UNODC, Myanmar is the highest producer of Methamphetamines and 2nd highest of Opium in the world. Inside Burma (Myanmar), substance abuse continues to be promoted as a weapon of war, as a response to trauma, oppression and poverty. Villages inside Burma are anecdotally said to have addiction rates as high as 80%, affecting men, women and children. Western agencies lack the capacity to work within this culture. In addition, landmines and forced labour continue to block access.
How will this project solve this problem?
DARE Network will cooperate with other local community based organizations to determine the most sustainable way to implement it's programming in Karen State inside Burma. Travelling to villages inside 2 districts, DARE will speak with village leaders, villagers, local authorities, teachers, medics & drug addicts (where safe to do so). The information gathered will be the starting point to help people get addiction education and treatment that they can implement themselves, in their conditions.
Potential Long Term Impact
DARE workers will be able to access areas inside Burma that are not open to large agencies. Direct interaction with villagers will result in more a effective, far reaching impact. DARE believes that Karen leaders and their people have the best knowledge on what is needed and where. Working through local systems the maximum effect can be achieved over the longest time. 99% of DARE staff are local. DARE's first steps will leverage greater funds to help people prevent and recover from addiction.
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,405
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $18,595
Total Funding Goal: $25,000