Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction & Violence

by DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network)
Traditional meets Modern
Traditional meets Modern

You have nearly reached the goal.  DARE Network’s Teens for Kids Program to Prevent Addiction and Violence in the Burmese Refugee kids has only $1500. to raise. 

This is what the final $1500. will do.  The Teens are preparing their musical project to celebrate their culture through art and music.  By playing and singing with traditional and modern instruments, these young people will ensure that their culture, which is so at risk after 30 years in refugee camps, stays alive.  By involving other young people, children and their families they will show how connecting to their roots helps them to prevent the despair that comes from living for so long away from their homeland.  In turn, they will help the future generations to avoid abusing alcohol and drugs, that they use to deal with the pain of hopelessness and dependence.  Have a look at the photos and watch the short video link.

Wednesday, March 14th is GlobalGiving’s first BONUS DAY of the year.  From 12:01 am to 11:59 Eastern Standard time, GlobalGiving will match donations with an additional 30%.  If you want to help us reach our goal, this is a great day to give because a little more will go a lot further.

Have a look at the kids singing a traditional song on the YouTube link below and be sure to visit our website and Friends of DARE FaceBook Page.

Please consider a further gift on BONUS DAY, March 14th  to help the Burmese Refugee Youth complete their project by the end of June.  If you are willing to share this challenge with your friends, we can reach that $1500. goal even faster.  Then we can show you what you and we have achieved to prevent addiction and violence among Burmese Refugee Youth.

The Culture.  Something to sing about.
The Culture. Something to sing about.
The Traditional Music Teachers.
The Traditional Music Teachers.
The modern boy.
The modern boy.
The Modern girl.
The Modern girl.
Let's mix it up and have some fun.


Everyone does their best.
Everyone does their best.

Since November 23, DARE Network has worked hard to win the GlobalGiving Tribute Card challenge for our project Rebuild Flooded Burma Refugee Camp Recovery Centres.  http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rebuild-flooded-burma-refugee-camp-recovery-centre/?show=gift  We have been near or at the top of this challenge for several weeks now, thanks to donations from many people like you, who understand how much a grassroots organization like ours can do.

The challenge ends very soon on December 31st at Midnight. The premise of the challenge is to get as many "unique" donations as possible to receive $1500. in Bonus funding from GlobalGiving.

You may have already donated to it and for this we thank you.  If you wish to make a further small donation, to help us win the bonus, please be sure to use a different payment method and email address to be "unique".  Even another $10. donation to this campaign will help, as long as it is "unique".

If you haven't donated yet, please help us. Again, any size donation will get the job done.  We have some strong competition and in some cases from organizations that are not so grassroots and that have big fundraising machines behind them.  We are in a David and Goliath situation here.

Anyone, who wants to help please use this link only.  It will take you directly to the Tribute Card Campaign for our project Rebuild Flooded Burma Refugee Recovery Centres.  Make a donation in honour or memory of someone you love, respect, or want to remember to be sure it counts for the campaign and the bonus funds.


Some of what we accomplished in 2011

In 2011, DARE Network refugee camp based teams' Addiction Prevention Education reached over 6000 youth and children through 45 schools and over 79 Ultimate tournaments.  DARE treated over 300 people suffering from addiction in our Recovery Centres and provided education and counselling to over 11,000 families.  DARE continues through our programs to reduce poverty, violence and addiction in 5 refugee camps housing almost 150,000 people on a budget of just over $120,000. per year.  We have no International overheads and all your donations go directly to the beneficiaries.

We need to recover from the flooding in the camps and we need to win the Tribute Card Challenge.  We need you to be part of our team to reach these goals.  Please donate today.

Please use this link and not the Burmese Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence.  Thanks.


The Raging Flood
The Raging Flood

For the last week, we have managed to stay on top of the Leaderboard of the GlobalGiving Tribute Card Challenge for our new project:  Rebuild Flooded Burma Refugee Recovery Centres.  Look at it here:


And this is the Leaderboard so you can see us as number 1.  But we are being chased by goats and rats and need your help to stay up there until December 31st


You have helped us so much in the past and actually got our place on the GlobalGiving Website.  Now, look at us.  

Some of you have already donated to our new project. As we are only just over half way to our goal to get  the most "Unique Donors" to unleash the bonus funds provided by GlobalGiving, we need the help of everyone else.

The Tribute Card Challenge offers you the chance to give in honour or memory of someone else.  It is the perfect holiday present to show someone you love them and that the love can be shared.  If you donate, be sure to use the "gift" option to have it count in the Challenge. Click here to make a donation as a gift: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rebuild-flooded-burma-refugee-camp-recovery-centre/?show=gift.

Please take the time to look at the new project.  Think about sharing it with your friends.  And then donate using the gift option to help us rebuild our Recovery Centres in the Burmese refugee camps.

Wishing you peace and happiness in this season.

Pam and all the DARE Network Staff and Volunteers

Mae Sariang, Thai/Burma Border

Into the boat
Into the boat
Hanging on for dear life.
Hanging on for dear life.
House down
House down
Food Rations Destroyed
Food Rations Destroyed


Hi Again,

 The holidays are approaching and I am sure you are getting inundated with requests from hundreds of organizations.  Personally, I know how you feel because it happens to me too.  The other thing that happens is that all these groups send out pictures of suffering people.  Photos of people who are starving, wounded, flooded, earthquaked, tsunamied and war traumatised.  Innocent, vulnerable people.  We have sent out these kinds of photos to you too.  It may be difficult to relate to them.

It is overwhelming sometimes and can induce feelings of guilt and hopelessness.  Sometimes it is just easier to turn it off and ignore them all.  I do this sometimes too.  The solution perhaps is just to pick one or two and get behind them the best you can.

 Fortunately, for me, a western person, I have had the amazing privilege of getting to know many of the people you see in the photos.  I say fortunately, because this makes it real for me and I have learned much.  They are breathing, thinking, emotional people just like you and me trying to survive in extremely difficult situations.  The trouble is they have so few resources to do this.  And yet, they make do.  It is inspiring to me to see people live so bravely with so little.  Could I do it?  Could you?

 The last 10 years I have spent on the Thai/Burma border, in and out of the refugee camps.  Together with the dedicated staff and community leaders we created our program DARE Network from the ground up.  We have no International Headquarters and no expat salaries.  Over the years, many people from around the world have got behind our programs.  Each one of them has built this work with us and empowered the Burmese refugee people to own it and run it themselves. 

 You are one of the people whom we consider part of our work.  You are essential and you do make a difference.

 GlobalGiving is also making a difference to us by supporting ways in which we can partner with you.  The latest is their Tribute Card Campaign.  This campaign goes from now until the end of December.  If you make a donation in the name of someone else, we can be eligible for extra funds from GlobalGiving.

“This holiday season, we're giving away $10,000 in bonus awards to the top 15 projects with the most individual donors who make donations in honor of someone else.”  GlobalGiving

Here is the leader board: http://www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/tribute-card-challenge/ 

Here are the links to our projects on GlobalGiving: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rebuild-flooded-burma-refugee-camp-recovery-centre/


 Please help me support these incredible people.  Every dollar, every pound, every Euro counts.



Capacity Advisor/Addiction Trainer

DARE Network,

Mae Sariang, Thailand/Burma Border


To the rescue
To the rescue

The Thai floods of 2011 started in the north of Thailand, where DARE Network works in 5 Burmese Refugee camps on the Thai/Burma Border.  During this rainy season our DARE Centre buildings were badly damaged. We have already rebuilt 1 Centre but need your help with 4 more. DARE (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education) Network provides highly successful community-based prevention education and non-medical culturally appropriate addiction treatment to the communities of 150,000 Burmese Refugees.

As you begin to celebrate this season of peace and love, we at DARE hope that you will be able to contribute to the rebuilding of our DARE Centres.  The flooding and severe weather has made our Recovery Centres dangerous to inhabit. Regardless, we continue in our work.   However, a safer and more secure environment ensures a better chance of recovery for the affected refugees and the health of the brave local refugee DARE staff that help them.

This season, GlobalGiving provides an opportunity to give a gift in honour of someone else through GlobalGiving's Tribute Cards. You may want to donate in the name of a friend, family member or another significant person and let them know about your gift using the Tribute Cards you can send online at the project site on GlobalGiving.


Your past support of our work has made great changes for DARE's programs for youth.  We hope you will take the time to consider our new project.  Also, by sharing the project with your friends, families and colleagues on social network sites, through email and just by plain old-fashioned face to face conversation, you will help raise awareness and educate others about the situation here on the Thai/Burma border.

In this season, the refugees truly miss their homeland and hope for peace so they can return to it in safety and dignity.  All of us here at DARE, wish all of you who have made a difference, a peaceful and safe holiday season.

Hanging on for dear life.
Hanging on for dear life.
Everyone pitches in.
Everyone pitches in.



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DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network)

Location: Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son - Thailand
Website: http:/​/​www.darenetwork.com
Project Leader:
Pam Rogers
Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son Thailand
$26,521 raised of $35,000 goal
655 donations
$8,479 to go
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