|Lin Thant (right in front), having difficulty walking, is in the classroom at his school. On this day, the brother of Lin Thant (left in front) was also sent to the school.
Targeting 40 children with intellectual or physical disabilities living in Yangon, AAR Japan’s Yangon Office provides various support services through regular visits to their homes. The programme has two distinct features including the provision of support that fits children’s different disabilities and potential, and the continuity of support until the children reach 20 years old.
|Aung Kyael Zin Kyaw (center in the front) and his family, receiving rehabilitation support from AAR Japan, together with Yoshio NAKAGAWA (left in front) and Mr. Kazuya Omuro, rehabilitation expert (right in front) (March 13th, 2018)
|Aung Kyael Zin Kyaw (center in the front) practicing rehabilitation through grasping things, together with two physical therapists, AAR Japan’s local staff (right and left in the front) (March 13th, 2018)
Aung Kyael Zin Kyaw has congenital disabilities. He has trouble grasping things, sitting without support and swallowing, and he is usually taken care of by his mother. At the time of their home visit, physical therapists and local staff members of AAR Japan provide Aung Kyael Zin Kyaw with rehabilitation services. They also instruct his father and mother about the rehabilitation that can be done at home, so that it can be continued on a daily basis, with the aim that their child becomes able to do an increased number of things by himself in his daily life. Currently, he receives training on the use of his hands and fingers and for maintaining his sitting position in order to become able to eat by himself.
|Lin Thant (left) and his mother going to the school (June 15th, 2018)
|Children and their family going on an excursion, together with Anna KAJINO, AAR Japan Tokyo Headquarters (January 7th, 2018)
|Children went with their families on a one-day excursion to a theme park with a zoo, an orchid garden and a lake. As the park is not a barrier-free environment, the group sometimes had difficulties when they moved. (January 7th, 2018)
“Mummy, read this to me!” A Treasure of Hta Ohnmar Wai
AAR Japan sometimes receives letters from programme supporters in Japan.
|Hta Ohnmar Wai received letters of support from Japan and asked her mother to read them many times (December 26th, 2017)
AAR Japan is facing challenges while continuing to provide support in accordance with the different needs of individual children. As there are only three local staff members of AAR Japan (two physical therapists and one social worker), only a limited number of children with disabilities can be supported at a given time. We are not yet able to approach the local communities to enhance their capacity and preparedness to accommodate children with disabilities and live together with them. In Myanmar, social environments for supporting children with disabilities are not yet well established. Therefore, even if we hope that the children with disabilities can have more options, they are often not available.
|In fiscal year 2016, we received photographs and letters from supporters in Japan. The representative of the Yangon residence office brought them back to Myanmar and handed them to Hta Ohnmar Wai (February 16th, 2017)
After graduating from a university, he worked at a Japanese humanitarian organization for five years. He joined AAR Japan due to his desire to work in the field of international cooperation. He resided in Tajikistan from March 2011 to September 2013. Since October 2013, he has resided in Myanmar, working for AAR Japan’s Yangon Office. Nakagawa’s hobby is jogging. He is from Kanagawa Prefecture.