Umpiem Replacing the Roof
Hard to believe it has only been 10 months since the flooding in Thailand devastated the Burmese Refugee Camps on the Thai/Burma Border. Since that time, thanks to all of you we have raised $12,900 dollars of the $20,000 we projected we would need to recover our DARE Centres in 5 camps.
Three of the DARE Centers have been completely rebuilt by the refugee DARE workers. These also, have been re-supplied with items needed for treating the refugees who come to DARE Network to recover from their addictions and for activities for the young people in the camps to prevent future addiction.
The other two DARE Centers are nearly completed. We are attaching some photos for you to see the progress of the work in Nu Poe and Umpiem Mai camps. Umpiem camp was also hit by a big fire this year. DARE lost the roof of the building. Fortunately no one was hurt from DARE and we were going to take the roof off anyway, as it was already damaged by the bad weather.
We are still in need of funding for the interior of the buildings in Nu Poe and Umpiem, which includes sleeping mats, mosquito nets, white boards for training, kitchen supplies, stoves and pots for cooking for the clients and paper materials for treatment and training, sports equipment for the young people, art supplies and musical instruments. We also need a few additional items to finish off the buildings themselves.
The situation in the camps have become more difficult as Burma opens up. Life may be better in the cities in Burma and the big donors are lining up to get in there, but they are neglecting the camps as a results. Rations have been cut causing more hunger, poverty creating further social problems including addiction. We at DARE are needed now more than ever. Until people can return home safely, they are stuck in the camps depressed and desperate.
Fortunately, our workers are doing their best to alleviate the suffering and learning how to support each other.
Thanks to all of you for your support. Feel free to continue. Or consider making a recurrent donation. It will go a long way and you can rest assured that every cent that comes to us from GlobalGiving goes directly to the refugees.
Working on the floor
Painting to prevent insect destruction
Umpiem Mai DARE Centre
DARE Staff in front of building