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.
Dec 27, 2012

Burma Facts and Myths

Running from the Burmese Army
Running from the Burmese Army

Burma Facts:

  • For the last 60+ years civilians in Burma have been attacked by the Burmese Junta controlled army
  • The ethnic people of Burma have be murdered, tortured, used for forced labour and human landmine clearing
  • For over 35 years ethnic peoples of Burma have been forced to run for their lives to closed refugee camps on the Thai/Burma Border
  • Thousands of children have been born in these camps and have never been outside them
  • Culture has broken down and domestic violence is common
  • 50-80% of camp families have alcohol abuse problems

Refugee Camp Facts: 

  • 70% of Burmese Refugee Youth use alcohol and drugs
  • Alcohol and drugs are cheap
  • Refugee youth as young as 14 years old inject opium
  • Gang violence in the refugee camps sends 347 young people to the hospital each month
  • Girls are leaving their traditional roles to take up smoking and drinking
  • Unprotected sex between refugee teenagers as a result of alcohol use results in pregnancies and HIV.  This completely breaks their cultural values

DARE Facts

  • Over 12 years DARE Network has provided prevention education and/or treatment to over 80,000 people
  • DARE Network’s treatment success rate is 63%, double western standards
  • DARE Network is a culturally appropriate, non-medical program run by the refugees for the refugees
  • DARE Network’s program for youth saves lives

 Burma Myths:

  • Life is now better in Burma and the refugees can go home

 Burma Facts:

  • Their still is no Peace in the ethnic areas of Burma
  • The refugee camps endure with less funding, less resources and more need

You can help.  Give a recurring donation today to DARE Network’s youth programs

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/burmese-refugee-youth-prevent-addiction-and-violence/

Get your donation matched by GlobalGiving and secure $500. Bonus Funds for DARE.  The Recurring Donation Campaign ends at Midnight on December 31st.  You still have time to help.  Please do it today.

Forced Labour
Forced Labour
Villages burned.  Families lost.
Villages burned. Families lost.
Everything gone.
Everything gone.
Barbed wire refugee camp fences
Barbed wire refugee camp fences
Burmese Refugee Camp Life
Burmese Refugee Camp Life

Links:

Dec 16, 2012

Come together...

Playing around with bamboo toys
Playing around with bamboo toys

Dear Friends

Greetings from the Burmese Refugee camps on the Thai/Burma Border.  This season is a special time for the refugees.  The cool season is here and the conditions are right for special events.  Karen New Year corresponds with the calendar New Year and many people in the camps celebrate their cultures and religions, just like all over the world.

For the Burmese Refugees it is bitter-sweet as many families have suffered losses of their loved ones inside Burma.  So many families have been unable to leave the camps for decades and so many children have known nothing but a refugee camp.

Our Youth Program continues over the holiday season as it is an excellent time for the teens and kids to share their knowledge with their families and friends.  Statistics from the Refugee Camps show us that the biggest influence on parents substance abuse cessation comes from their children.  As our Teen Teams share their addiction knowledge with other teens and children, the effect is increasing substantially.

This season please consider partnering with GlobalGiving to support these refugees through DARE Network’s work to prevent and treat addiction in the camps.

We have many projects to choose from and they can be found at this link.

http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/6210/dare-network-drug-and-alcohol-recovery-and-education-ne/

If you want to make your donation really count, consider a recurring donation, which GlobalGiving is matching.  If we receive 10 recurring donations on one project, before the bonus money of $25,000 runs out, we will receive an extra $500.

Our Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence Project already has 3 recurring donations made in the last week.  Help us get to 10.  Go to this link and us the recurring donation tab.

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/burmese-refugee-youth-prevent-addiction-and-violence/

Of course, if you prefer to make a one time donation to any of our programs, we would be very thankful indeed.

If you find you can help out, make sure you get your donation in soon to take advantage of the bonus funds while they last.

Happy Holidays from all of us at DARE Network

It
It's the little things that count.
Making music to prevent addiction
Making music to prevent addiction
Life can be very tough...but please come for help.
Life can be very tough...but please come for help.

Links:

Dec 16, 2012

Celebrating the Season Together

Kids being kids
Kids being kids

Dear Friends

Greetings from the Burmese Refugee camps on the Thai/Burma Border.  This season is a special time for the refugees.  The cool season is here and the conditions are right for special events.  Karen New Year corresponds with the calendar New Year and many people in the camps celebrate their cultures and religions, just like all over the world.

For the Burmese Refugees it is bitter-sweet as many families have suffered losses of their loved ones inside Burma.  So many families have been unable to leave the camps for decades and so many children have known nothing but a refugee camp.

This season please consider partnering with GlobalGiving to support these refugees through DARE Network’s work to prevent and treat addiction in the camps.

We have many projects to choose from and they can be found at this link.

http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/6210/dare-network-drug-and-alcohol-recovery-and-education-ne/

If you want to make your donation really count, consider a recurring donation, which GlobalGiving is matching.  If we receive 10 recurring donations on one project, before the bonus money of $25,000 runs out, we will receive an extra $500.

Our Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence Project already has 3 recurring donations made in the last week.  Help us get to 10.  Go to this link and us the recurring donation tab.

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/burmese-refugee-youth-prevent-addiction-and-violence/

Of course, if you prefer to make a one time donation to any of our programs, we would be very thankful indeed.

If you find you can help out, make sure you get your donation in soon to take advantage of the bonus funds while they last.

Happy Holidays from all of us at DARE Network 

In treatment...so young.
In treatment...so young.
DARE Teen, a Role Model
DARE Teen, a Role Model
DARE provides food.
DARE provides food.

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