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Where We Work

DARE Network currently has programs in five camps: Mae La Oon, Mae Ra Moe, Mae La, Umpiem and Noe Poe, as well as in the migrant community.  Read about our work in these camps below.

Mae La Oon

Estimated Refugee Population: 16,176*
Dare Workers: 11
Volunteer Advisory Committee Members: 5

Located in Thailand's Mae Hong Son Province, DARE Network has been working in Mae La Oon since 2002.

Mae La Oon was formally established in 2004, however its history stretches back to the formation of the Mae Khong Kha camp in 1998, a consolidation of pre-existing camps that emerged due to the Burmese Army's capture of Manerplaw in Karen State.  In 2002 a tragic flash flood killed 26 refugees and severely damaged the camp infrastructure.  The Mae Khong Kha camp was moved and is now known as Mae La Oon.

DARE has treated over 100 clients here in its addiction programs and held 60 prevention and education events reaching almost 8,000 people.

Mae Ra Moe

Estimated Refugee Population: 16,308*
Dare Workers: 10
Volunteer Advisory Committee Members: 4

Mae Ra Moe is located in Thailand's Mae Hong Son Province.  DARE has been involved with this community since 2002.  

Mae Ra Moe was established in 1995 following the fall of Manerplaw (once the headquarters of the Karen resistance) in Karen State to Burmese forces.  In March of that same year, Section 1 of the camp was attacked by the Burmese Army and the DKBA.  No further incidents have occurred.  The ethnic makeup within Mae Ra Moe's 320,000 square metres is 99% Karen.

DARE has treated over 60 clients in its addiction treatment programs here and has held over 60 prevention and education events reaching over 8,200 people!

Mae La

Estimated Refugee Population: 38,884*
Dare Workers: 15
Volunteer Advisory Committee Members: 7

Located in Thailand's Tak Province, DARE has been working with this community since 2002.

Mae La was first established in 1984 after the fall of a Karen resistance base close to the Thai border.  It is the largest of the refugee camps and in 1997 was attacked by the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army with support from the Burmese military.  In 1998 a mortar shell landed in Section A5, however no further incidents have occurred.

The population contained within its 4 square kilometres are mainly Karen (97%) and Burmans (2%).

DARE has treated 80 clients in its addiction programs here and held 43 prevention and education events with almost 11,000 attendees!

Umpiem

Estimated Refugee Population: 15,804*
Dare Workers: 10
Volunteer Advisory Committee Members: 4

Located in Phop Phra District in Thailand's Tak Province, DARE Network has been working in Umpiem since 2002.

After repeated attacks by Burmese forces, the Wangka and Mawker camps were relocated to the Phop Phra District near the Hmong village of Umpiem Mai, creating the Umpiem camp.

The Karen are the largest ethnic group (90%) living in Umpiem's 788,800 square metres.  The camp also includes Burman (5%) and Mon (2%) people, among others.

DARE has treated almost 100 individuals in Umpiem with DARE's addiction treatment programs and held over 50 prevention and education events with more than 6,000 attendees!

Noe Poe

Estimated Refugee Population: 15,762*
Dare Workers: 10

Noe Poe is located in the Umphang District of Thailand's Tak Province.  DARE has been working with this community since 2002.

Following the Burmese Army's incursion and capture of the Duplaya District in Karen State in 1997, this camp was established in order to merge two existing camps, as well as accommodate the influx of new refugees.  With a population of approximately 640,000, Noe Poe's ethinc make-up is primarily Karen (84%), Burman (11%), and Mon (1%).

DARE has treated over 100 individuals in Noe Poe with its addiction treatment programs and has held almost 50 prevention and education events with almost 6,500 people in attendance!