Eden Centre for Disabled Children

08 / 19 / 2016

Since its inception more than fifteen years ago, the Eden Centre for Disabled Children (ECDC) has become the premiere institution for rehabilitation and care for young persons with disabilities in Myanmar.

Starting with 14 children and only 2 staff in 2000, the ECDC currently has over 200 students and 60 staff members. The facility is well equipped to meet the needs of the children, with 5 classroom, 2 therapy rooms and a hydrotherapy room.

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Children from 1-18 years of age come to the centre Monday thru Friday to engage in a variety of different rehabilitation activities. Some come every day, some stay a full day and some stay a half day, but every single child that spends time at the Eden Centre leaves there with a sense of hope and empowerment.

One of ECDC’s  ongoing projects focuses on Inclusive Community Development. At the moment there is a lack of awareness in Myanmar in regards to the rights of people with disabilities, as well as what they can achieve. There is a substantial amount of stigma associated with disabilities and limited resources available. The Eden Centre is working very hard to change that. They work to educate the public and help ‘mainstream’ individuals with disabilities so that they may live happy and fulfilling lives, just like all of their fellow countrymen.

KT Care got a chance to speak with U Tha Uke, one of the founders of Eden Centre during the preliminary elections for the first ever government sanctioned Council for Persons with Disabilities. As he spoke about the history of the ECDC and the services offered, it was very clear the amount of passion and enthusiasm he has for his work. He has dedicated his life to this endeavor and fully believes in what he does.

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Although there is still a significant amount of work to be done in Myanmar in regards to individuals with disabilities, people like U Tha Uke and institutions like the Eden Centre are leading the way to a new era where all people are treated equally and are able to live rich, fulfilling lives.

To learn more about the ECDC please visit:

http://www.edencentre.org/

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