CHIT NAING, TOGETHER TOWARDS AUTONOMY!

CHIT NAING, TOGETHER TOWARDS AUTONOMY!

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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.

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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 2019

ANNUAL REPORT 2019

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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CREATING NETWORKS DURING LOCKDOWN

CREATING NETWORKS DURING LOCKDOWN

The whole Myanmar, last month, has been in lock-down. Our staff wasn’t allowed to enter any center, that’s why we had to transform our support in different ways: food distribution, provision of hygienic materials and training at distance.

online trainingSince May the 13th until the 29th our local staff organized a 6 days online training about disability’s related matters. This idea was born thanks to the collaboration with Don Carlo Gnocchi foundation, which is collaborating with us in Myanmar since last year and which is supporting us and our program in disability field.

Our local staff involved two professionals: a physiotherapist of our staff and a Burmese speech therapist who works in USA. They provided training on different topics, such as: gross and fine motricity, non verbal communication and communicational development. 47 people attended these trainings from different location: the School for Disabled Children, the Disabled Care Center and the Yankin Hospital in Yangon; the Department of Social Welfare in Mandalay and Taunggyi; our staff in Yangon, Taunggyi and Kyiang Tong; the New Heaven Learning Center, the Morning Star and the Phayar Phyiu center in Taunggyi. Attendees were  both operators/teachers and children’s parents.

These trainings has been a good chance forscreenshot sharing experiences and good practices, all participants have been involved in sharing and proposing ideas for the future. In this way we are starting the creation of a local network for disability. Some basis are already been laid, such as advocacy activities organized by parents themselves, in collaboration with our staff, or new planning of rehabilitation activities in centers involved.

We should really thank our partner, Don Carlo Gnocchi foundation for the organization of these trainings. They are really giving good fruits which will allow us to improve our service for children with disabilities in Myanmar. We want to thank also to all participants who made this training a rich source for everyone.

COVID-19: EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN MYANMAR

COVID-19: EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN MYANMAR

Many people, after last developments in south-eastern Asia, came back in Myanmar from Thailand and China, where they were for job. The Ministry of Health published on 5th April the amount of those people: 45.498 burmese people came back during last two weeks of March. Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to control all these people, some borders are open without any control, giving in this way the chance to come back avoiding controls and so it’s impossible to know the exact number of them and how many of them are exactly in quarantine.

 Political situation is very delicate, and during this period awareness grew among the people about what it’s happening and the fear (about healthy and political situation) grew, too.

 Government made a call to look for adequate place to answer different kind of needs. First of all there is the need to find spaces where suspected cases could stay in quarantine. They’re looking for big structure, equipped, with beds and possibility to eat, and to have first assistance.

Our local New Humanity’s staff reflected on how to respond to such a need. The time we’re living in is demanding a lot, not only as organization, but as humanity at first. It’s too early to make any consideration, but we believe that this virus is threatening not only our bodies, but lots of levels of our society, psychology and faith, too. Bodies could be healed with distances, but the spirit and the psyche need proximity. For this reason, we decided to open the House of Dreams in Taunggyi to this new needthat this population and every other population are living: bodies getting sick, spirits getting lonely. The House of Dreams is a residential centre for care and rehabilitation for addicted people, addiction is a problem very spread in Myanmar.

At the moment in the House of Dreams there aren’t beneficiaries, because at the end of last rehabilitation path all guests came back to their villages. We were planning to start the new rehabilitation group at the end of April, but in this emergency we certainly don’t know how long it could last and when we could re-start the program. Our program manager proposes to House of Dreams staff to respond to this government’s need giving availability of the house to assist people in quarantine. After a first evaluation about the possibility to put in place all security and prevention measures for the house and for themselves,they decided to answer yes to this call. After some contacts with local government now the House of Dreams is inserted in the list of available places for quarantine, our staff already re-organized the house following governmental and international hygienic and prevention indications and they already bought all necessary items to stay in quarantine.

 We can foresee first arrivals already this week and New Humanity International already allocated some funds to face expenses for this first answer to the emergency.

Another very important aspect it to provide assistance to centers we are supporting: there’s no more possibility to access to provide therapies services we were providing, but we’re still giving continuity to the provision of food and hygienic materials.

We are very worried about rural villages, where people can no longer go to work or go to the city to sell their products. 

Our staff in Shan State has already organized to bring food and hygienic materials at the gate of villages, in order to be able to give them to families we are supporting in our disability program.

In Yangon we keep on supporting, at distance, the Juvenile Center, with doctor’s visits more often and furniture of hygienic and health materials and devices.

 The situation is very critical, as in other similar contexts, and New Humanity is reacting putting in place different responses to the emergency that are possible only thanks to our private donors and to the incredible commitment of our local staff.

 Thanks to all, we’ll keep you updated.

WATER: NOWADAYS PRECIOUS MORE THAN EVER

WATER: NOWADAYS PRECIOUS MORE THAN EVER

The project for water and sanitation in Yang Kha and Yaung Nan villages, Kyaing Tung’s township, is not stopping, and they shouldn’t stop because nowadays this kind of projects are showing their crucial role

“We’ve always worked in rural areas to grant access to water to all population, during last years we built more than 50 hydric systems. Nowadays the crisis we’re all living asks us to underline another value of this kind of projects: sanitation and hygienic prevention.” said by Livio Maggi, our country director in Myanmar.

“The area we’re working in is now isolated and it is under special surveillance because of lots of workers coming back from Thailan. Water, naturally, is crucial to grant hygiene in order to prevent any disease or infection. Never as in this moment, where governments are aksing for a constant hygiene, this has been so evident.” 

Works to build the structures are keeping on going, despite of lockdown, thanks to the dedication and help of villagers themselves.

MYANMAR: SUPPORT DURING LOCKDOWN

MYANMAR: SUPPORT DURING LOCKDOWN

As in many other countries, also in Myanmarthe lockdown has started already since some week. Also here schools have been first to close, followed by different centers and agencies. Also villages locked down, roads are closed and people aren’t allowed to go out.

Until now the lock down is established until the mid May. 

We are really concerned about the impact that this will have on economic conditions of families who already live in poverty. “Here many people work on a daily labour and they don’t have savings. – as told by Livio Maggi, our country director – and there are no social help or layoff. Many families are contacting us asking for help because they are starving.” 

So, we started up an aid program for families in need through the provision of basic goods. In Yangon we are supporting what local authorities are already doing. In villages we are in constant touch with families and we are organizing collection points at villages gates, in order to safely distribute our basic goods.

We also intensifed the support to the juvenile centre and to other centers for children with disabilities, with provision of medicines and basic goods.