Thanks to all of you who donated to our project Rebuild Refugee Camp Recovery Centres. This project is now fully funded. We encourage you all to consider donating to one of our other projects. The Global Giving Year end campaign is upon us. Here is the link to our latest and most exciting project. The Amazing Project:Stepping Back to Burma
Emergency relief. A disaster happens and everyone rushes to help. A great thing indeed because always someone is hurt, lost, displaced and infrastructure destroyed. We are moving onto two years after the Floods and Extreme weather in Thailand took out a lot of our infrastructure. With your help we were able to rebuild all of our weather affected treatment centres. The DARE staff and refugees did the actual work of the construction as you have seen in past reports.
Thanks to all of you we have recovered and our activities have in fact increased. Here are a few stats for 2013 for those of you who enjoy them.
Over 28,000 people participated in our Prevention Education Activities.
More than 23,000 Youth benefited from our Teens for Kids Program
309 Clients and 920 of their Family Members were treated in our DARE Centres.
Once again we achieved a high success rate of non-relapse at 62.2% over the year.
All these activities need a place to call home. DARE Centres in the refugee camps are the heart of program. It is where the planning is done, the Addiction Workers stay, the clients are treated and the place from which all outreach reaches out. We have 6 of these Centres. Five of them are in the Refugee camps and 1 in the Migrant Worker area. All of them have the potential to affect the 120,000 refugees and over 2 million Migrant workers that remain on the Thai/Burma Border.
You may have heard that a lot of changes are happening in Burma. This is true. Burma is starting to open a crack. But for the ethnic groups, ceasefires don't equal peace. Yes, Rangoon and Mandalay may be abuzz. Yes, there isn't so much shooting around the villages. But the place is littered with landmines and land grabs are well underway. It is not yet time for the Burmese Refugees to go home....although they want to very much.
While DARE Network strategizes for a transition to a peaceful Burma, we must build up our teams, increase the capacity of our workers and form partnerships with people inside Burma. The DARE Centres are a place where all these things happen.
We have a few more details to finish on the Rebuilding project. To this end we have added some Microprojects to this bigger project. You can find them here: http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/6210/dare-network-drug-and-alcohol-recovery-and-education-ne/
This will be our final report on our project Rebuild Flooded Burma Refugee Camp Recovery Centre. All of you have contributed to our goal and although we may not have met the financial goal, we certainly were able to rebuild our DARE Centres, thanks to your generosity.
The refugee staff of DARE supported by the local camp management and of course our intrepid Core Staff bringing in supplies and encouragement did the labour, along with former clients from our Addiction programs. Now all is safe and secure. Hopefully there will be no more storms, floods, fires. People have enough suffering already.
The situation in Burma remains unstable. It may be a few years yet before the Burmese refugee can return safely home. DARE will continue to offer our Addiction prevention education and treatment programs, in an environment of extreme insecurity.
If you want to continue to support our work please see our project Burmese Refugee Youth Prevent Addiction and Violence, here on GlobalGiving. We would appreciate anyone who is giving a recurring donation to transfer their gifts to this project.
Thank you once again from all of us at DARE Network on the Thailand/Burma Border
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.
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
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.
After the flooding and extreme in the camps last year, DARE was able to rebuild most of our recovery centres. However, like many disaster relief responses, after the emergency is over it is thought that all the needs have been met. Mae La Camp is home to 80,000 Burmese refugees who have lost everything. Addiction is a natural response to the pain of these losses. See our microprojects that will finish rebuilding our DARE Centre in Mae La Refugee camp. As well, we are always concerned about the safety of our core staff as they travel the rough mountain roads of the Thai/Burma Border. Please see our Microproject about how we can keep our hard-working staff alive as they visit our DARE Teams in the camps.
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
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
Eastern North America has just gone through one of the worst storms in its history. All eyes will be on recovery from this storm. Even with adequate warning and technological backup, emergency services, electricity and heat, many people died and were injured. Property damage is in the millions.
It feels hopeless to ask you all to look once again at our efforts to recover from last year’s tropical storms and flooding in the Burmese refugee camps, but perhaps now you may have a feeling of the power of such a storm.
Here we have no brick walls, no services. As we continue to recover from the floods and extreme weather, a year later we have done much with many thanks to all of you.
We invite you to have a look at our new GlobalGiving Micro Projects for Rebuild Burma Refugee Recovery Centres. Just go to the project site on GlobalGiving. Even if we can fund these 3 small micro projects, we will be doing very well. We need 1 Roof, 1 Floor and Bumpers for our truck.
To look to the future, during the month of December, GlobalGiving will be offering 100% match on all initial recurring donations up to $100 per donor. They have $25,000 in matching funds available and matching will last until December 31st or 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. To qualify for the match and for bonus awards, donors must give for 3 consecutive months following the initial donation (for a total of 4 months).
We will be participating in this challenge. As a donor to DARE Network’s projects we hope you will consider converting your donation to a monthly recurring contribution.
More later about this event. In the meantime stay safe wherever you are.
Please have a look at the photos of the work that still needs to be done.
Wishing you well.
From all of us at DARE Network
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