Karen Culture Illustration
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.
- Total raised: $12,083 Total left to raise: $2,916.43
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.
Helping out of the flood
Burmese Youth Expense Chart