1. Brief Information of DDI
Disability Development Initiative (DDI) is the first non-profit charity organization for physically and intellectually disabled children in Kalaymyo, Sagaing Division, and Northern part of Upper Myanmar. It is formed by a group of dedicated people, who have a deep concern about disabled children and are willing to accept the challenge of God’s calling to serve them by providing rehabilitation and social care facilities. In 2007, I started to find out disabled people to visit, encourage, and provide them as much as I can morally and their welfare. I tried to find a donor for them and support them within my capability. On December, 2008 DDI was formed by the help of 7 committed people to serve people with disabilities as well as other socially marginalized groups.
2. Problem of Statement:
The level of disability awareness is still very low in Kalaymyo and Chin State. There is very few organizations focus on disabled people. Most of these organizations are lack of “New Understanding of Disability’’ and still stick in ‘Charity Approach’.
3. Target area:
Kalaymyo Kalay Township comprises (41) village tracts and 175 villages. The population of Kalay Township is estimated to be 400,000. We can survey only 2 village tracts and there are 172 people with disabilities. Kalaymyo was comprised by 19 blocks. We can survey only 8 blocks till 2016, there are 415 people with disabilities. Therefore, the total survey of PWDs are 587 PWDs (under 18 years =161, Over 18 years = 426).
1. To help the weak to witness Christ, encouraging Gospel and welfare to bring People to God.
2. To provide an environment where physically and intellectually disabled children can enjoy equal opportunity and live with dignity.
3. To value, respect and accept disabled children and support them.
“Abundant life for all including People with Disabilities”
“Against discrimination and build inclusive society”
1. To provide quality services such as rehabilitation, special education and inclusive education for the physically and intellectually disabled children.
2. To participate activity in working for disabled children to let them enjoy their rights and equal opportunities as their non-disabled peer.
3. To collaborate with other organization in promoting the quality of life disabled people in Myanmar.
4. To provide the facilities necessarily for disabled People.
5. To create public awareness about the urgency of program for disabled children among the communities at large.
8. Narrative report of Eden social welfare Foundation (January, 2016- on going).
8.1.1. Daycare Program: DDI have daycare program for 18 children with disabilities in the center. By helping of Eden Social Welfare Foundation, we support 9 children with disabilities for their education, medical care. The center was opened on Monday to Friday in a week accept government holiday. Special teachers train and provide necessary education services. All students are provided with lunch, snacks and drink.
8.1.2. The Result of the Daycare Program:
They can eat themselves for their food, snacks and drink.
They can read the number one to 20 easily.
They can help family’s work like washing and keeping plate, cleaning the floor.
They can separate the color like red, white, black…
Cleaning his/ her body regularly.
They have love, help and friendship for others
Disabled children can work freely.
Knowing personal data.
They know how to handle pen, pencil and knowing the name of all stationery.
They can say and write in their parent’s name and friends.
They know the environments situation.
They can count day, week, month and year.
8.1.3. Inclusive Education Program: We supported 31 disabled students for inclusive education. 11 children with disabilities were supported by helping Eden Social Welfare Foundation for their education and medical care. Others Stationeries and financial were supported to disabled students for their studies in their school because disabled children were very poor in their family.
8.1.4. The result of Inclusive Education
Children develop a positive understanding of themselves and others. When children with disabilities attend classes that reflect the similarities and differences of people, they learn to appreciate diversity. Respect and understanding grow when children of differing abilities and cultures play and learn together.
Most of the children with disabilities can go to school and make friendship with others friends because schools are important places for children to develop friendships and learn social skills. Children with and without disabilities learn with and from each other in inclusive classes.
Children can learn important academic skills. In inclusive classrooms, children with and without disabilities are expected to learn to read, write and do math. With higher expectations and good instruction children with disabilities learn academic skills.
All children learn by being together. Because the philosophy of inclusive education is aimed at helping all children learn, everyone in the class benefits.
All children feel a sense of belonging.
Children of all ages learn to appreciate diversity in others.
When everyone participates, children have opportunities to be creative, resourceful and cooperative.
9. Others activities of DDI
9.1. Outreach Program: We visit to persons with disabilities in their family in Kalay areas. We trained education for the disabled children, care giver training for their parent. We also shared the rights of person with disabilities based in UNCRPD and Myanmar Disabilities law. Locally in Kalay district, UNCRPD is very new information for PWDs and Parents of PWDs. Because of the earlier involvement of Myanmar government for disability issue was not much focused on the national implementation and development agenda. After home visiting PWDs’ family, Persons with disabilities are more actively concern for their rights and parents of PWDs are more concern for their children. The result of Outreach: Disabled People can sit, work and speak. For example, Van Lal Piang (51 years) is fall from tree and he cannot move for two year. But after we gave the service, he can sit, work for himself.
9.2. Awareness Workshop for Disability Rights Promotion:
9.2.1. Disability Rights Promotion Orientation Workshop for Parents of PWDs: We hold at DDI’s office in April 2, 2016. All participations are 72 parents of persons with disabilities (40 Women and 32 Men) in this workshop. Dar Awi Tial, Manager of DDI introduced brief information of DDI and the project’s objectives. Sang Uk Cung, Director of DDI presented the rights of persons with disabilities based on UNCRPD and Myanmar disabilities law. All the participants were very satisfied this workshop.
9.2.2. Disability Rights Promotion Orientation Workshop for PWDs: We hold at DDI’s office in April 30, 2016. All participations are 47 persons ( 16 women and 31 men) including 42 PWDs and 5 representatives of PWDs in this workshop.
9.2.3. Disability Rights Awareness for Parent of PWDs and PWDs: we hold in Disability Rights Awareness for Parent of PWDs and PWDs in February 5, 2016 in DDI Office. All the participants are 48 Person (17 Women and 31 Men including 15PWDs).
9.2.4. Inclusive Education and Disability Rights Law Awareness Workshop for school teachers in February 13, 2016. All participants are 24 teachers (21 Women and 3 men). 10. Activities Results 10.1. According to the result of Disability Rights Awareness for Parent of PWDs in April 2, 2016, Daw Myint Zi, Mother of Henry (Cerebral Palsy) was changed her thought and mind. She said that she never knew about UNCRPD and related about disability awareness. Before she has heard, she thought that disabled person could not do anything and thus her children did not sent to school. After studying awareness training on UNCRPD, she was changed her thought and she said that all disabled children had unique talents and differently abilities. She understood her duty and responsibility in their family especially for person with disabilities in her family, and she said she had responsible to share other who did not know about UNCRPD.
10.2. Mr. Aung Hein shared his life changed on having Disability Rights Promotion Awareness for PWDs in April 30, 2016. He is 20 years old and with Cerebral Palsy. While he was studying 8 standards, his teacher tried to stop his study because his writing was very slow and the Teacher did not allow helping in the exam. Thus, he stopped his study in the school. When he heard about the UNCRPD Article 24, he had being empowered his life and he wanted to study again in the school but no one were not stand to help him for his study and we, DDI is trying to help him for his future education. Finally, he said that although he was disabled people, he had a unique ability to do, work more things and he must prove himself to show his ability for others and all. At a result of empowerment, he can start studying again in the school.
10.3. Ma Tin Tin, she responded enthusiastically and expressed feeling as she raised her voice for the first in the midst of a group of people on the spot of Disability Rights Promotion Awareness for PWDs. It was also for her the first experience of coming out from home as if she was confined at home due to her blindness. She stated that education was far from her even though the school seems to be next to her house. She could not enjoy social relationship with others and very sadly she has no opportunity to perform her talent even though she was yearning for. She loves to sing and she has indeed a very beautiful voice, her blindness should not have been the hinder but the social exclusion and her shyness were the chains for her. After having heard the Rights about UNCRPD, she is then encouraged and adapted confidence to freely express and willing to pass on to other PWDs
1. Sang Uk Cung
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3. Ni Khun Sung