Just a few hours ride from Mandalay, tucked away on a dusty small road in Monywa is a school providing revolutionary training and schooling for the physically and mentally disabled citizens of Myanmar—changing their lives one class lesson and vocational skill at a time.
Opened in December 2015, the school was created as a joint project between the Japanese Association for Aid and Relief (AAR), an international nongovernment organization founded in Japan that has been present in Myanmar since 1999, and a blind monk who donated the land, is one of the first of it’s kind in Myanmar, providing school lessons, vocational training and housing opportunities for those in need.
“In past years there was no independent training schools for disabled persons,” said Ayah Tet, 25, the chairman of the school who was born with spinal deformities. “So we planned to found a independent training school for the disabled. And here we are.”