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.
Jun 9, 2016

DARE Network's Annual Report

Even as DARE Network continues to work in the refugee camps on the Thai/Burma Border, we are looking forward to carrying our Teens for Kids program over the border into Karen State where we have opened a treatment and training centre in the jungle.

 

20 Villages in Karen State now are providing Prevention Education to their communities, trained by our intrepid DARE Workers. Our next step is to have our Addiction Workers identify some Teen Leaders and start to introduce them to the process of interacting with their Peers.  These kids have never had any kind of contact with the kind of programming offered by DARE Network and the Karen people who work in the organization.

 

Our first tool will be the Frisbee Disc.  We use this tool and the game of Ultimate Frisbee to engage young people, both boys and girls.  Once they are enjoying the game, we add in substance abuse education.  The young people then can share with their families, friends and schoolmates. They can learn what normal drinking is and the great dangers of methamphetamines, heroin and opium.

In the meantime, we want to share with you, our donors, who make it all possible, our 2015 Annual Report.  Please take the time to read it and see what and where you have contributed and how we have used your money. We promise the report is not boring.

THANKS FROM ALL OF US AT DARE NETWORK

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May 17, 2016

DARE Network Opens First Training Treatment Centre

Law La Say and all of our core staff have just returned from Karen State.  We have just opened the first ever Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Training Centre in Karen State, thanks to all of you. The opening ceremony was well attended by local organizations and representatives of the Karen Government.  Please read our 2015 Annual Report .Click on the link and read all about it. It's not boring.

Now our Addiction Workers have begun our first treatment at our new Treatment Centre.  Addicts who inside Burma will no longer have to cross the border into the Thai Refugee camps to get treatment from DARE Network.

Our work continues in the refugee camps as well.  The Thai Government recently announced that repatriation of the refugees will occur within two or three years.  We will see.  In the meantime we are prepared and able to offer our Camp Addiction Workers employment when they finally make it home.


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Mar 15, 2016

Preventing Addiction Needs to be Fun

The Winners
The Winners

Ultimate Frisbee and Addiction Prevention

 

In Mae La Camp, 20,000 young people have lost their opportunities for advanced education. They are full of youthful energy and hope and yet live in a hopeless environment, which prevents them from meeting their human potential. Many of these young boys and girls turn to experimentation with alcohol and drugs to alleviate boredom and to reduce the impact of their feelings of loss.

 

DARE Network has long recognized that if minds, bodies and spirits can be involved in the expression of energy, then the pain of loss can be dispelled. To this end, we have introduced the game of Ultimate Frisbee to the youth of the Burmese Refugee camps through our Teens for Kids programs

 

Basically, the teens and children have a fun day learning a new “cool” sport. Volunteers from the Ultimate Team in Bangkok, the SoiDawgz travel at their own expense to share the game with the refugees. Of course, they too have a great experience seeing the joy come to the young peoples hearts.

 

This last month Tri, Liz, Polly and Helen travelled 8 hours to Mae La Camp, where our DARE Team had over 50 teens ready to learn the game and play a tournament. The weather is hot and the football ground where we play is dusty. Lots of little kids are hanging around looking for their chance to join in.

 

The DARE Team starts the day off with a fun quiz about Addiction Prevention making a competition out of who can come up with the right information. We take the opportunity to share about how people can become addicted. Of course, there is a prize for the Teens Team that gets the most answers.

 

Then into the Frisbee practice drills and finally an exciting tournament. Everybody wins in Ultimate. There were trophies and prizes for everyone. And presents of thanks were given from the kids to the volunteers. Ultimate is a game that promotes negotiation and conflict resolution through the Spirit of the Game. There is no referee. As well, it is a game where boys and girls can play together combining strength with strategy to create gender equality. All of these skills are useful in communities affected directly by war.

 

All of us at DARE Network offer our thanks to all of you who have continued to support DARE’s Prevention programs for youth in the refugee camps. We are now preparing to take these programs back into Burma, when it is safe to do so, possibly in the next year or two. You all are making this possible.

 

 

Preventing Addiction
Preventing Addiction
Lunch for the volunteers
Lunch for the volunteers

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