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

Project Report | Oct 21, 2014
Behind the Scenes: Global Giving

By Alexandra Heaven | External Relations Manager

Naa Okantey
Naa Okantey

As you probably know, we are a small, tightly run ship. We are thankful for every dollar we receive, and every dollar makes a difference somewhere in the organisation. That is why, when we get help, support or even simply encouragment for free it puts a big smile on all of our faces.

In this report I want to share with you the perspective of one amazing person, Naa Okantey, who provided all of this for free and share a little of what we are working on in the head office on a daily basis. 

Naa is a Global Giving volunteer Impact Assessor. On a self-funded trip to South-East Asia, she decided to visit 5 Global Giving charities to provide support and assistance with their communications and in-house operations. DARE Network was one of those lucky organisations. Naa spent a week with us, understanding our organisation and giving us tips about how to reach more people, write better stories and generally enhance the way we communicate. Her infomation has already been useful and we are expecting even more value from the tailored report being written for us. 

We asked Naa a few questions after she had left on her impressions about volunteering and DARE's work. We hope this will give you a glimpse of what it is like on the ground here in Mae Sariang.

 

1.Why did you decide to come on this trip to help NGOs in South East Asia?

Three of my favorite things are: travelling, stories and food and in essence that is what this trip was about. I spent a week at a time with different organizations, getting to know their story and writing a report to help them get better. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my summer to be honest. I am a huge advocate for the important role grassroots organizations play in international development and have some experience in what it looks like to run such a project. So I thought that I could help other organizations as well as learn from them. I knew I would get to meet some super cool people, be inspired and hopefully also inspire and I have not been disappointed.

2. Why do you think volunteering is important?

Put simply, I think volunteering is important because it helps someone else. There is something we can all do to make the world a better place and if we can do so freely, I am not sure why we wouldn’t. You get to share a part of your life with someone –albeit sometimes briefly- and I think that is quiet special. You don’t even have to travel for this to happen: the beauty of volunteering is that it can literally be anything! It doesn’t have to be the cliché of teaching in a school in Africa. That warm fuzzy feeling that you get from doing something for nothing is also really nice! I do think though that when you consider international volunteering, you really have to do your research because that warm fuzzy feeling is not enough, you should ask yourself: is what I am doing helpful, or is there a better way I could be supporting this organization, because ultimately it is not about you, its about them.

3. What was your impression of the DARE program? 

I love DARE! Drug and alcohol addiction is a huge problem in many places, but when used as a form of oppression of an already vulnerable people, the effects are magnified. The fact that DARE exists to tackle this issue is very exciting and I love that the techniques you use like acudetoxing and herbal remedies are native to the communities. You don’t skimp out on quality though, all of your trainers are certified accudetoxers and I thought that was very impressive, as is your success rate. You are also so keen to learn about how to improve so as far as I can see, the only way is up

4. You already knew a bit about us and what we do, did you learn anything unexpected while you were here with us?

Yeah! I discovered that a lot of the people who work for DARE are recovering addicts themselves. I was genuinely blown away by how amazing these people are. I think it makes it even more special that its some kind of domino effect because what starts as something they do for themselves, to become free of addiction slowly but surely sends ripples of change and unity across communities all over the camps.

I also loved that local people run the program and the beneficiary’s needs drive the programs and I think its amazing that you encourage these recovering addicts to train as program leaders and educators. It totally empowering for them and takes away the problem of the “western savior”.  

5. If you could have one wish for the world what would it be? As small or big as you like!

Oh my! This is a hard one. Can I say love? I saw this quote by John Green recently “I don’t know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.” I know it may sound lame but for me love is a selfless thing and if we all loved selflessly, and truly embraced all that it encapsulates: forgiveness, kindness, humility, passion etc. the world would be a better place.

 

Naa, thanks again for your time and effort with us! We wish you all the best. 

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Jul 22, 2014
Under the Thumb

By Pam Rogers | Capacity Advisor/Addiction Trainer

Apr 23, 2014
Thingyan - A cause for celebration and support

By Alexandra Heaven | Volunteer

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DARE Network (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Network)

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