YABA (methamphetamines) is the new kid's candy in Burma. Wrapped in pretty coloured paper and sold for the same price as a sweet, the methamphetamine trade inside Karen State has taken off. Drugs are the new guns for the Burmese Junta. "The only people not using the drug are babies and old people", said a well know Karen leader. DARE's goal is to prevent and reduce addiction to Yaba. To help young people understand drugs. To educate. To present alternatives. "A free mind cannot be destroyed"
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The recent ceasefire between the Burmese Army and the Karen Freedom Fighters has opened the door to safe passage of drugs from Northern Burma straight to Karen State, instead of through the Golden Triangle. Here is a no man's land. Drug mules will carry the heroin/meth/opium for a pittance. Many ethnic people of Burma are exposed to drugs they have never seen before. Villages inside Burma are anecdotally said to have addiction rates as high as 80%. For the drug lords profits are everything.
How will this project solve this problem?
DARE Network will provide prevention education workshops to 20 villages in Karen State, which will determine the most sustainable way to implement our programming in Karen State, Burma. DARE will cooperate with village leaders, villagers, local authorities, community organisations, teachers, medics & drug addicts (where safe to do so). The information gathered will be the starting point to help people get addiction education and treatment that they can implement themselves, in their conditions.
Potential Long Term Impact
DARE's short and long term goal is to reduce and prevent addiction. We provide prevention education to 20,000 people in the refugee camps and aim to have a similar impact in Karen State. Our workers are able to access areas inside Burma that are not open to large agencies. DARE believes that Karen leaders and their people have the best knowledge on what is needed and where. Direct interaction with villagers will result in a more effective, far reaching impact. 99% of DARE staff are local.
Total Funding Received to Date: $20,112
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,888
Total Funding Goal: $25,000