Self Help Group

Since 1995 in Cambodia, 2005 in Myanmar and 2016 in India, New Humanity chose to promote inclusion of people with disability strengthening all development’s aspects of the person inserted in its context and community. For this reason all our projects follow the methodology of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) as an approach for an integrated development of people with disability.

The CBR started by the will of World Health Organization after the Alma-Ata Declaration in 1978. It has been fostered as a strategy for the improvement of access to rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in low-middle income countries, through a rational valorization of local resources. During last forty years, through a collaboration with other UN agencies, NGOs and Associations, CBR developed until becoming a multi-sector strategy facing deepest needs of people with disability, ensuring their participation and inclusion in society and improving their life conditions.

Home therapy

In 2004 ILO, UNESCO and WHO defined CBR as a “strategy of development of communities aimed to the rehabilitation, poverty reduction, equal opportunities and social inclusion of all people with disabilities”.

CBR recognize that all people with disabilities should have access to all services available for other people in their communities, such as health services, child programs, social welfare and education. Furthermore it emphasize human rights and stimulate actions against poverty, demanding also government’s support and a strategic policies’ development.

Home therapy

During the same year, a matrix has been published in order to provide a common frame of reference for CBR programs. This matrix consists in 5 key components – health, education, livelihood, social and empowerment. Every component is set of 5 elements and first four are linked to key development sectors, reflecting in this way CBR’s multi-sector focus. Particularly, last component is linked to skills of people with disabilities, their families and communities (empowerment), crucial to grant access to every development sector, improving life conditions and human rights for people with disabilities.

CBR matrix

CBR’s program don’t have to implement every component or elements of this matrix, it has been instead Activities in slumdesigned in order to let programs select options which better satisfy local needs, priorities and resources. CBR programs not only are developing specific activities for people with disabilities, but they also aim to create partnerships and synergies with other sectors not inserted in CBR, in order to grant access to those sectors to all people with disabilities and their families.

For this reason New Humanity’s staff isn’t focusing only on people with disabilities, but they are going to villages, slums, in their houses involving the family and the community. We are carrying on sensitization and awareness activities in communities and advocacy activities with local authorities. We are involving relatives and neighbors in therapies’ provision in order to make them do therapies even when the specialist is not there, we are also trying to strengthen families’ economy and to improve the whole villages’ conditions, in order to develop the whole environment where the person with disability is inserted and in this way promote a real inclusion of the person in community’s social life. Here you can see all our projects in disability’s field.

Anita and her brother

We really do believe that the development can be realized only through a real inclusion of all emarginated people, and for this reason we decided to adopt this integrated approach, which allow us to walk side by side with local communities and to improve life condition of most vulnerable people.




 Since COVID-19 showed up in Myanmar and India, our local staff supported our beneficiaries in many ways. Covid-19 spread hadn’t only health consequences, but the biggest impact in our project’s context was the socio-economic consequence of local lockdowns. That’s why we invested 21.567 € to support local population in this critical period.




Actually both Myanmar and India are still in lockdown and we’re keeping on supporting them. Since March 2020 until today we organized different activities trying to face the emergency and answer to local needs:


  • 12.020 € invested for distribution of FOOD and BASIC GOODS to families who were struggling after the lockdown.


  • 4.520 € invested for distribution of HYGIENIC MATERIALS to all our beneficiaries and in support to local municipalities. 


  • 2.673 € invested for MEDICINES and DOCTOR’S VISITS to our beneficiaries. 


  • 2.356 € invested in the organization of PREVENTION TRAINING about COVID-19.







We organized those activities in all contexts we are working in.


 In India we’re keeping on supporting slum’s children with disabilities and their families, especially in this period when they are most isolated than ever.



Coronavirus Dance

In Yangon, Myanmar, we’re keeping on supporting the juvenile detention center through education activities and we added also special activities for COVID-19. We’re keeping on supporting the School for Disabled Children and the Disabled Care Centre through a constant provision of hygienic materials and basic goods. Whenever the lockdown allowed us we also kept on supporting them through our professional staff, even though now that the lockdown is stricter our professionals are not allowed to enter the centre.



In Shan State our activities in community based rehabilitation for children with disabilities, drugs prevention and rural development kept on as planned. We only had to stop for 2 months, even though we had special permission to go in villages for distributions or similar activities, but now the situation in that region is not so critical and there is no lockdown for the moment.


Our House of Dreams in Taunggyi gave availability to host people in quarantine, we organized everything in the house in order to be able to meet these special guests and we were able to answer to all request from the government, hosting some group for 14 days each.


Luckily we were able to support those activities thanks to a special attention from our main donors, through an agreed adaptation of project’s budget to these new special needs. We also had some unexpected contributions from private donors who helped us to face this critical period.



Unfortunately the emergency hasn’t stopped yet, most of our beneficiaries are still in lockdown and lockdown consequences will gave new problems for longer than expected. So if you wish to help us please donate here indicating “Covid-19 emergency”.




U Ah Jone and his familyMy name is U Ah Jone. I live in Khun Sai (Upper) Village under Loi Mwe Village Tract, in Kyaing Tong township. In my family we are eight: my wife and our 6 children.

I am a Li Shaw ethnicity. We grow three acres of paddy field. The paddy fields are located six miles below the hill of Loi Mwe. We also have some livestock such as buffalos, cattle and pigs.

When I lived at my parents’ home in their village, I had access to water from the lower part of the village where the water source used to be. Gradually, the weather got worse and the water gradually disappeared.

Since I got married, when I was about 30 Loi Mwe lakeyears old, we carried water and rainwater from the bottom of the house in the rainy season. In dry seasons, winter and summer, we used to take a bike / motorcycle / bullock cart to Loi Mwe Lake to get the water which is far from the village at about 0.5 Mile. We had to carry water every day for our household water and animals.

Then New Humanity Myanmar arrived and started a project for a solar water supply system.

This was really A LIFE CHANGE!

Water solar systemWhen the water supply system was provided in 2014, New Humanity Myanmar built three water reservoirs (with concrete rings) for Khun Sai (Upper) village. I have one reservoir close to my house and it can fill with water in the morning, and during the night. The house and the water storage tank is about 20 feet away, so we are able to get access to the water whenever we need for the household use without wasting  a lot of time.

Beginning in 2017, there is the connection from the small water tank with 0.5 inch plumbing to the house, installation of water meters, and 200 kyat per unit of water for water use and costs only 1,000 to 1,500 kyat per month.

We are so happy now that the water is Serbatoirealready in the house and we can work more without worrying or wasting time to go to take water every day.

We are so grateful to New Humanity for having improved our lives!






Unfortunately Covid-19 pandemic is not improving in Myanmar and India, at the opposite the situation is now worsening.

Lockdown in YangonIn Myanmar this week the lock-down re-started even stricter in Yangon region, where we have our central office.

Our country director, Livio Maggi, is always in touch with governmental staff and he wrote us that the government is now planning to distribute essential items to all families in order to avoid everybody to go out. Actual official numbers of infected people are not so high, with 8515 cases and 155 deaths, anyway it’s a critical situation as they have only 70 places in intensive care in the whole country. So our staff is temporarily not allowed to go to disability centers and to the juvenile center we are supporting in Yangon, we’re keeping on supporting them only through hygienic and basic materials distribution.

Luckily the virus is not spreading so high in Shan State, where we have our projects in Taunggyi and Kyaing Tong, so our staff is keeping on working as usual at the service of our beneficiaries in disability, education, social inclusion and rural development fields.


In India the situation seems to have no end. Few weeks ago it seemed that the situation was a bit improving Flood in Jaipurand the lock-down has been a bit relaxed, our staff managed at the beginning of August to re-start activities for children with disabilities in Jaipur slums and we were hoping that this could have been our new start. Unfortunately at mid-August a flood occurred in Jaipur and Covid numbers started again to increase, we all know last weeks’ numbers reaching actual 5.818.570 cases with 92.317 deaths. Especially in Rajahstan the situation has worsened, the lock-down started again at the beginning of September and now we only have to wait for another improvement. Our local staff is keeping on supporting our beneficiaries with basic goods distributions, but they can’t wait to start again with all therapies, because those children really need it.


Food distributionWe are really grateful to our local staff because they managed to keep on supporting all beneficiaries, finding always alternative ways, they are very special and devoted people, thanks so much!


We still need some help in order to face this critical situation which is still keeping to create problems, especially for the poorest. If you wish to help in some way you can donate here indicating in notes “Covid-19 emergency”.




Thanks to you all who already helped, without your help nothing wouldn’t have been possible.






Chit gioca

Chit Naing is a 3 year old boy with down syndrome, he has a developmental delay in cognitive skills and lives in Kon Lon village tract, in Taunggyi district.

Our physiotherapist, Ju Ju, visited his family for the first time at September 2019 and since then he improved so much! Thanks to home based treatments included in our Community Based Rehabilitation program, we’re helping him to develop his full potential.

Here his story.

I met Chit Naing in September 2019 and I made a first physiotherapeutic evaluation. When we met for the first time, the child was able to roll in a supine position, he was able to sit very well but he was not crawling, he simply moved moving on the buttocks and tried to stand with the help of an adult. The child often got sick from his low immune system. For these reasons, it was important to explain to the mother the conditions of Down syndrome and the importance of nutrition, hygiene and early childhood intervention for a child with disabilities.

Chit Naing

I then did a physiotherapy treatment such as standing up and sitting down several times to improve the power and tone of the muscles of the lower limbs. I taught him to screw and unscrew the bottle lip to help him improve fine motor skills. I provided wooden forms and teaching materials to play to improve his cognitive, communicative and social skills.

We also provided child walker with wheel to allow him to practice standing and walking.

After only 5 months, Chit Naing manages to crawl forward and manages to stand up without the help of an adult. He is able to walk with the walker with the help of his mother in their home. The muscle power of the lower limbs has improved considerably. It is able to screw and unscrew the cap of the water bottle very well. He is learning to stack toy containers and insert the 4 different wooden shapes.

Chit camminaIt was important to have explained and taught all these exercises and activities to her mother, so she was able to participate in the activities and stimulate her baby. This is exactly the added value of Community Based Rehabilitation, to involve parents and relatives in children’s rehabilitation in order to develop their maximum potential. The development of Chit Naing has already improved a lot and there will be further improvements!



Annual report 2019Did you know that during 2019 we supported, thanks to your help, 2134 children and we trained 3767 adults with our projects in Myanmar and India?

This successes, and more else that we’re showing in our annual report, wouldn’t be possible without the support of all people who have been following us since years.

For those reasons it’s a great pleasure for us to introduce you the new Annual report for 2019: more than a report, it’s especially a dialogue and participation tool, a sign of gratefulness towards our partners, donors and all people who are supporting us.



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