The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma

by DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network)
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
The Amazing Project - Stepping Back to Burma
DARE Network Centre decorated for holiday
DARE Network Centre decorated for holiday

As we approach the holiday season (yes, even refugees get holidays…but not from being refugees), all of us at DARE Network want to wish you the best for the coming year. 2020 has been a tough one all around the world, no less in the refugee camps.

Usually at this time of year, we negotiate with the local authorities to take our DARE Teams out of the camps for a day. We go to somewhere beautiful in nature such as a provincial park or waterfall so people can play and feel free, at least for one day. But not to be this year, as the camps are locked down due to Covid19. No one is going in or out.

In Karen State, our Addiction Workers are mostly from the refugee camps on the Thai side of the border. At this time of year, we usually arrange for them to go “home” to the refugee camps to spend time with their families and friends. Alas, this year they must remain at the DARE Centre in Karen State, as the border is completely closed between Myanmar and Thailand. Knowing them, they will make the most of it. They will celebrate the season and include the recovering clients who also cannot go home, due to Covid19.

So, you see, we are all missing our families and friends this year. Perhaps you can understand the feeling the refugees have every day of their lives. It is sure that you do, because you made a beautiful donation to help them feel secure and loved.

Happy Holidays and a Happier New Year to All

DARE Network

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Dear Friends,

 

As we work our way through Covid19, we are very happy to report that there has been no virus in the refugee camps or at our DARE Centre in Karen State.  We have taken every precaution and after a 3 months hiatus have reopened our treatment and prevention education programs.

For your interest we have attached here some quantitative results of our 2019 program year, as well as some follow up of recovering people from the 2 years previous to that.

We think of you too as you and your loved ones manage a new way of living through this challenging time in the world.  Hopefully it will bring us together and break down barriers so that we can come out the other side ready to help each other.

 

Thanks so much for your continued support.

all best

All our DARE Network Teams


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Hand Washing Station at Mae La Camp DARE Centre
Hand Washing Station at Mae La Camp DARE Centre

DARE Network in the time of COVID 19

Hello Friends,

All of us at DARE Network hope you are safe and keeping that way for the unforeseeable future. Despite all the news, it is important that you put your health as a number one priority.

Likewise, at DARE Network we have had to come to grips with the reality of this ghost tiger that roams among us. It seems like we just slid into the situation that has taken the world by its collective throat. However, it is our only goal at this stage to prevent the virus from entering the refugee camps on the Thai/Burma Border and our DARE Centres there, as well as our DARE Centre in Karen State.

You can imagine the devastation of COVID in a refugee camp, where social distancing is impossible. At the height of our treatment cycle in Mae La Camp, for example, we might have up to 50-60 people all in one and half bamboo buildings, sharing everything. There are still almost 100,000 people in refugee camps along the border. DARE Treatment protocols are very hands on, up-close and personal. We realized the dangers immediately.

In addition, our staff in the camps and in Karen State move around giving prevention education, following up on clients and helping families understand the impacts of addiction.

We decided we needed to put everything on hold until it is safe to proceed again. Yet, in some of our centres we were in the middle of a treatment cycle. Our first line of defense was to stop all our acupuncture, herbal saunas and traditional massages. We broke our group work into smaller groups and rotated them so that there were no more than 10 people in one place at a time. Then social distancing was possible.

Most importantly, our core staff from Mae Sariang travelled to the camps, before they were shuttered by the Thai authorities, to provide Covid19 education to everyone in our teams and any clients that remained. We installed hygiene stations and taught hand washing in detail. We showed people how to cover their coughs and sneezes and not to spit (a cultural habit). We spread people out, as best we could. Our staff also went to Karen State to share the same education and to help our staff strategize on how to get food and cook safely. Our outreach program was stopped.

Now we are working through budgets to ensure that our program holds together, that our staff are retained and paid and that they have what they need to survive and stay safe. We want to thank all of our donors, who are standing by us during this challenging time.

All of us at DARE Network

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Certificate of Achievement
Certificate of Achievement

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE

 

All of us at DARE Network wish you the best in 2020, the start of a new decade.  We hope you and your families have love, security and prosper.

 

Firstly, we want to thank you for your most kind and compassionate giving over the last year and during our Year-End Campaign.  The difference you make to our work is phenomenal and every donation we receive goes right to our beneficiaries.

 

You may not know that 2020 is DARE Network’s 20thanniversary working with the displaced people from Burma.  20 years is a long time and we have accomplished a lot on a shoestring.  The reason we are still here is the never-ending situation of oppression and violence perpetrated on our people and the pain that they suffer as a consequence.  The enormous supply of drugs plied by the drug lords of Burma and their protectors the Burmese Military look like a good solution to that pain for many who remain hopeless for their futures.  We are here to help them find other ways to relieve their suffering. Many have come to us and many have been prevented from walking down the road to addiction.

 

So, 2020 is a year of celebration for us in the face of such a protracted situation.  We will be expanding our program inside Karen State. Unfortunately, we are suffering the same fate of many organizations of the Thai/Burma Border, as major International donors continue to withdraw their support from the refugees.  We are having to make adjustments and compromises in order to survive.  

 

But just be reassured that it is you and your support that keep us resourced and motivated.

Next report we will offer you some of the results of our annual evaluation.  In the meantime, work has begun in the refugee camps and in Karen State after a short holiday for all of us.

 

We keep to our motto A Free Mind Cannot be Destroyed

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Conditions
Conditions

The rainy season is over.  The slow drying of the land will now continue until May 2020.  It will get cold and then it will get hotter and more humid, reaching 45 degrees on a regular basis.

Our core staff, Law La Say, Kir, Major and Day Wah travel through floods, landslides, and dust laden trails, in our ancient truck, motor scooters, boats and on foot to bring supplies, food and encouragement to our DARE Teams in the refugee camps and inside Karen State.

In the rain the roads turn into slippery mud, in the dry heat the mud turns to dust so pervasive it invades the lungs.  There is no escape.

The heat slows everything down.  We have no fancy air conditioned buildings to cool off.  It is so hot you could fry an egg on your brain.  And yet, accounts must be kept, budgets planned, proposals written, plans implemented and monitored, reports written.  Try that when your brain just wants to lie down.

And yet, we have made it through another monsoon season.  Sweet December is not so far off.  Spirits rise and the work is done.

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DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network)

Location: Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son - Thailand
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Pam Rogers
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