We also have ongoing partnerships with organisations and local churches in Myanmar that work to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people – including people living with disabilities.
A better life for Naw Paw Paw*
Naw Paw Paw lives in a rural village in Myanmar with her grandfather who looks after her while her mother works abroad to support the family.
Like most other 11-year-old girls, Naw Paw Paw is eager to learn and go to school with friends, but living with cerebral palsy since she was a baby has made life very difficult.
Naw Paw Paw’s family didn’t know how to help with her condition, and so Naw Paw Paw would often have to move herself around on her knees as she struggled to walk. Because of this and not having protective shoes or clothing, she suffered with painful wounds and skin problems. She couldn’t go to school and not being able to join in affected her deeply.
Then, in July of last year, staff from Tearfund’s local partner helped to change her life.
Local partners and church volunteers
After doing an initial assessment of Naw Paw Paw’s condition, our local partner put together a physical rehabilitation programme for her – particularly with physiotherapy – and provided church volunteers with the teaching and technical support needed to assist Naw Paw Paw to carry on with the programme.
Once a week, volunteers help her do a range of exercises – things like balancing control to strengthen her legs and hand function therapy using toys which help her with gripping and eye-hand coordination. The volunteers also teach her basic reading, writing, maths and art, as well as singing songs with actions to go along with them. These activities have all had a positive impact on both Naw Paw Paw’s physical and mental well-being.
After three months of support, Naw Paw Paw was already able to walk by herself without any assistance in balancing. She’d also made good progress in drawing, colouring and writing. Our local partner provided her with a plastic table for her learning, a therapy mat, and nutrition support for her exercises. They also adapted the family home to make it easier for Naw Paw Paw to move around inside and made sure she received medical treatment for her damaged knees.