Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education (DARE) Network

Described as a country with the world’s longest civil war, Myanmar has been suffering from ethnic conflict for many years, one of the main factors that contribute to its stunted economic growth. While tensions between the insurgent ethnic groups and the Myanmar army are ongoing, the spread of drug and alcohol problems in rural villages in Myanmar is also a concern.

Child's Dream Newsletter August 2016

DARE opened its doors to addicts in Myanmar

One of the biggest and often neglected challenges to the long-term development of remote communities in Myanmar is the handling of widespread drug and alcohol addiction especially among young men. Last year we informed you about our new and exciting partnership with DARE (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education) Network. In 2015 Child’s Dream supported the training of 15 new addiction workers and 20 village coordinators in Mae La refugee camp. During the first half of 2016 DARE not only built a new treatment facility in Kayin State, Myanmar but also relocated its addiction workers to the new site. The 15 addiction workers were grouped into five mobile teams that rotate among the 20 target villages and the DARE treatment center. In the 20 target villages they conducted prevention and awareness workshops together with the village coordinator. The village coordinators have completed 190 prevention education sessions with 2,400 participants. Additionally, in May 2016 a new DARE treatment center in T’ree Hpoe Kwee village opened its doors and accepted 27 addicts in their first treatment cycle. The most severely addicted and often violent people seek treatment first. This first batch of addicts tested DARE’s and the new addiction workers’ abilities to the extreme. A treatment cycle lasts 3 months and there is already a waiting list for the second treatment cycle which will start in autumn this year. DARE provides culturally appropriate non-medical treatment in four phases; detoxification, recovery, education and reintegration combined withWestern style counselling. Thanks to its holistic approach DARE was able to help 69% of its clients to become and remain substance free since treatment.


UN Academic Impact

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), in collaboration with ELS Educational Services, Inc., (ELS) invites students, 18 years and older, who are enrolled in a full-time course of study at a college or university, to participate in an essay contest through the Many Languages, One World programme (“Many Languages”, available at

The essay should relate to the post-2015 global development agenda, in the context of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and the definition of new goals reflecting the imperative of global sustainable development that recognises, and is enriched by, cultural and linguistic diversity. Students wishing to participate (“Entrants”) are encouraged to visit the website for background material in this regard. Entries, of up to 2000 words in length should be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the first language of the Entrant or the principal language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education. The official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

A Faculty Member or other representative authorized by the institution will be required to complete a