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.
It is hard to believe it is almost a year since we started the Burmese Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence project. We have all of you to thank for its success so far. We have almost raised enough money to finish this project.
2. How money has been spent
Burmese Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence
* To be transparent these costs included transportation of materials and food for local DARE Network staff but no overheads.
3. Should we be successful in raising the final $3000. for this project we have a special activity in mind.
In 2008-09 DARE Network had an exchange project with a First Nation tribe called Nishnawabe Aski Nation to share cultures, histories and addiction issues and solutions. The Primate World Relief and Development Fund supported this exchange. The exchange was very successful as the peoples from both sides of the world related their loss of culture, poverty and oppression to an increase abuse of drugs and alcohol. The representatives of the Nishnawabe Aski Nation travelled to the refugee camps. Among other ways, they shared the meanings of their culture in visual ways with posters. The Karen people of Burma have never illustrated their beliefs and were inspired to make a poster of their cultural traditions. In turn, the Nishnawabe Aski Nation paid for the publication of the poster. A fitting circle of its own.
The poster was used to help people reconnect with their roots and to help children born in the refugee camp to understand who they are. When this happens, recovery from addiction is more effective and return to values prevents addiction.
Now we hope that the last $3000 we raise through GlobalGiving will go to the Burmese Youth Preventing Addiction and Violence to do a small project in the 5 refugee camps where DARE Network works. The idea is to use the Cultural Poster with music. The young people will choose a section of the circle illustrated on the poster and write songs using the musical instruments that have been donated by many of you, about the meaning of that part of the Cultural Circle. They will then share these songs with each other, their parents, schools and the greater community reclaiming their traditions and helping everyone connect to who they are, even after 30 years in a refugee camp.
4. DARE Network posted a new project on GlobalGiving this week.
You may be aware of the flooding in Thailand this year, which is the worst in a decade. The Burmese Refugee Camps did not escape this ongoing disaster.
We propose to rebuild our DARE Recovery Centres, which have been damaged badly by the flooding and the extreme weather. We will attempt to raise funding to do so.
Here is the link to the new project. http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rebuild-flooded-burma-refugee-camp-recovery-centre/
At this time of year, as you gather your families together or reflect on your blessings, please consider another donation. Either project will benefit. Help us continue with the Youth Project or help us rebuild our DARE Recovery Centres. Any and all contributions will go a long way and remember, we are grassroots. No big overheads, no expat salaries…everything for the refugees.
Again, huge thanks to all those who have supported the DARE Network teams in their struggle to combat the substance abuse which affects the displaced communities of Eastern Burma. They continue to be faced with an uncertain future and difficult daily life. Local media are reporting a possible increase in armed conflict and refugee numbers as the end of the rainy season approaches.
Two of the communities you support are just recovering from flooding that has left more than 1500 people in one community living in temporary shelters due to damaged or destroyed houses. In addition one badly affected section of about 2300 people has been cut-off from most forms of assistance as the only bridge connecting them to the main camp was destroyed in the flood, they are now relying on 2 small boats for emergency transport and to ferry supplies. The broader area was also affected with significant landslides and flooding claiming 7 lives and destroying many houses across the region. Due to your support DARE is able to make a small contribution to the combined effort to get peoples’ lives back to normal.
Despite the weather and damage the DARE Network teams continue to carry out the vital work you support them to do. World anti-drug day events were held in all 5 refugee camps during June, with displays, sporting events and rallies building community awareness and participation in the battle against the effects of drugs and addiction. The monthly Frisbee tournaments are still being held and the teenager teams are still visiting schools with the message about the consequences of using drugs and alcohol.
Some feedback from Umpiem Camp;
DARE Network Program benefit to our community. We can say benefit because of some of client after they finished treatment and stay free from using. And when they see us in community they explain to other people that how DARE worker help him and take care of him to free from this problem. And more people are accepting us by providing addiction knowledge to community.
- If possible want to recruit more workers in our team.
- If possible we want to recruit more teenagers to our teenagers group.
- Need more sport equipment for teenagers (because they are very active in emotional, physical and if we can support them it will benefit to our community a lot).
We hope you can continue to support our work.
DARE Network Team
Dear Friends of DARE Network
We hope you had a chance to enjoy our report to you, sent out last week. DARE Network's Burmese Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence project has benefited so much from your support. If you haven't had a chance to read it, check your email again or find it on our Global Giving project site at
Today's report is just a reminder that there are only a few more days to take the decision to support this project on-going. It ends of FRIDAY, MAY 20TH AT 11:59.59 EDT.
So it's not to late to sign up. $3462.44 is what we have to raise to meet our $15,000 budget for this project. You have helped so much so far, please just help GlobalGiving take us over the top. Thanks so much.
DARE Network Staff and Volunteers on the Thai/Burma Border/
The Recurring Donation Campaign will take place between Monday, May 2 at 12:01:00 am EDT and Friday, May 20at 11:59:59 pm EDT. During this campaign, GlobalGiving is giving away $12,000 in bonus awards to help you encourage current (and new!) donors to sign up for recurring donations!
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DARE Network extends a big thank you to everyone who has supported the Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction Project on GlobalGiving. The Ultimate Frisbee tournaments held during January and February, 2011 for 5 of the refugee camps was a huge success with great comments from participants.
There were some challenges arranging transport and permission from authorities for our teenager teams to travel to nearby camps to play with each other, but we succeeded and everyone agreed it was worth the effort.
There were 79 mixed gender, 10 person teams from 5 Burmese Refugee Camps playing a total of 117 Ultimate Frisbee games. This means 790 Teens played Ultimate and shared Addiction Prevention Education with over 4,000 community members.
DARE Network Teenager Team Comments on Teens for Kids Project
- Very good for teenagers and youth to having new sport and program activity in our community to prevent addiction and having fun with activities. Not only teenagers and youth adult also having a change to participate.
- Frisbee game to make more relationship between girl and boy. Share response and learn how to be a leader. Take healthy time with sport and can stay away from using drug/alcohol.
- Music activity make fun and remind our kids to understand how important to keep our culture. And can learn mix music with fun and can use their mind for positive way. More time in activity and less time for addiction.
- Teenagers get more relationship between each other and know each other more because of sport game and teenagers can have a chance to share their knowledge that they learn from DARE workers.
- Teenager group become role model for other teenagers from community and family by doing activity as a group and we see more teenagers are joining together.
- Teenagers understand about girl and boy have equality and responsibility.
DARE Network Team leaders in each of the camps are continuing to organize both Frisbee and art/cultural activities for youth as a way to provide drug and alcohol prevention education and divert attention from the boredom of life in a closed refugee camp. With no chance of employment or freedom to travel it’s essential that people have hope and continue to create a full and rich community life for themselves. Your donations allow DARE Network workers to continue working with refugee youth to support this and help protect against substance abuse.
DARE Network teenage volunteers also continue to spread the message about drug and alcohol prevention to younger children supported with donations from you through GlobalGiving.
At this time we would like to invite you to GlobalGiving’s recurring donation campaign. Please visit your project at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/burmese-refugee-youth-prevent-addiction-and-violence/
To date all 91 of you have donated $11,488.00 leaving only $3,512.00 to complete the Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction Project. Please consider signing up for a monthly recurring donation at this time.
We won’t bug you over and over about this. Maybe once more before the campaign is over. But we are eligible for lots of bonus money from GlobalGiving. Think about it. $10.00 a month from each of you would take us over the top.
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DARE Network, like so many individuals and families, is finding these economic times difficult, and require us to look for new ways to finance our work, if you have any suggestions that might help please post a message or contact us via our website www.darenetwork.com .
Name- Eh Lah Say and Lay Doh Wah, Nu Poe Camp
The tournament make us feel satisfy because we have more relationship and a change to play with other organization and the teens from other camp and teenager from different school and teens from community. It is make us to feel more unity. We get the experiences from the game are girl and boy equality, self responsibility and solve conflict, stand on honesty, patient and helping other people. And get respect from other teenagers. We will share information about DARE and the services that they provide in community. We will call more teenager to the team and ask them to participate in the activity for to stay from using drug/alcohol.
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Mae Hong Son,
Mae Hong Son