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.
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Mae Hong Son,
Mae Hong Son