First of all. A great big huge wonderful thank you to everyone who participated in the Recurring Donation campaign in December. It was a big success and we managed to be in the top 5 projects. As a result, we received additional bonus and matching fund from GlobalGiving, thanks to all of you.
Our work with the Teenagers and Children in the refugee camps continues. The Teens Teams coordinate with their teachers, leaders and other teenagers to provide monthly Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Education in the schools.
As well, they continue to use Ultimate Frisbee as a means to play with children and other youth who may not be in school to share their knowledge and create a space for kids to talk about the challenges of living in a refugee camp. Many of these young people's parents abuse alcohol to cope with their losses. Many youth feel hopeless looking out of the camp as their future passes them by. They too are at risk for addiction.
Last month we had an amazing time with the Burmese Migrant children. Our wonderful volunteers from the Bangkok Soi Dawgz Ultimate Frisbee club, came up to the border to introduce the Migrant Kids to the game of Ultimate while our dedicated staff shared their addiction knowledge with the children. Please see the attached photos.
We also did some advanced training with our DARE Teenager Teams in Mae Ra Moo and Mae La Oon Refugee camps.
You may have heard that many changes have come to Burma. While it is true, that Aung San Suu Kyi is released and the government is loosening up, there are still attacks against ethnic groups. Ceasefires are tenuous until the Burmese Government really works toward peace through a political process. It still is not safe for people to return to their homeland from the refugee camps. The place is littered with landmines and the Burmese Army, rather than standing down, is building up their forces in the ethnic areas. Rations have decreased in the camps and people are become more impoverished. Drugs are coming into the camps in larger quantities and our challenges are increasing.
298 Dare Teens for Kids Program youth provided addiction knowledge to 16,000 other youth and children
5 DARE Teams and 298 Teens provided Addiction Prevention and Education to 25,846 children and youth and teachers in their schools
DARE Network Teams in 5 camps provided addiction treatment to 124 addicted teens. DARE has a 61% success rate of non-relapse across all the camps and all clients. (300 in 2012).
Our DARE Network Teens are making a big difference in their communities. You have helped make all this possible in 2012, 2013 and some of you recurring beyond. The DARE Teens have asked us for some new Tshirts. To this end we have posted a Microproject on GlobalGiving to raise money for these shirts. You can find it at link below.
Thanks from all us here on the Thai/Burma Border to you our partners around the world.
Refugee Camp Facts:
You can help. Give a recurring donation today to DARE Network’s youth programs
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.
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.
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.
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
http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/6210/dare-network-drug-and-alcohol-recovery-and-education-ne/ 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.
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
Things may seem to be improving for some in Burma but on the border with Thailand 180,000 people are still locked up in refugee camps. They cannot work, cannot leave the camps and cannot go home. This has been going on for almost 40 years now.
Many children have been born in the camps of parents who have lost most of their lives. The kids are given basic education but the best and the brightest have nowhere to go after they finish school. Other kids just give up as there seems to be no point. These lost youthful spirits readily find that alcohol, glue sniffing and sometimes methamphetimines make life bearable....for awhile.
DARE Network continues to work with young people and children, girls and boys to provide stimulus and education about substance abuse. DARE provides culturally appropriate, non medical treatment to teens who are caught in addiction and provides art, music and sports to help prevent substance abuse problems before they start. Building pride and self-esteem even in a hopeless situation can be done. These young people take on the messages and share their education with their communities and families.
Thank you all for everything you have done to help us run these programs for the kids.
Here are a few pics for you to enjoy. Happy faces come from engagement and purpose.
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Mae Hong Son,
Mae Hong Son