Incubatorâs trainees, supported by both Burmese and overseas experts, have just developed their first project proposal and submitted it for the Polish Aid programme 2016 (financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland).
In a nutshell, the project is intended to fight the marginalization of the disabled in Kalay by improving the accessibility of the chosen part of the townâs centre, located near the bazaar, bus station and schools. A number of actions are envisaged to achieve this aim. First, after a public information campaign, a walking charrette family event will be organized. It will consist in a meeting-walk of all interested members of local community, including the handicapped and their families, within the focal area and their joint marking and suggesting solutions for the encountered key barriers and spatial obstacles. Next, during consolidation and facilitation workshops, one accessibility corridor, connecting key spots within the focal area, will be designed. The workshopsâ outcomes will be put into practice thanks to an actual construction of simple improvements to eliminate the existing barriers (such as wooden ramps, slopes, sound/light solutions for hearing and visually impaired). The necessary works (purchases, assembly and installation) will be done through community action. Finally, there will be a festive, media-covered opening of the accessibility corridor, togetherÂ with testing it by local inhabitants and evaluation of the whole undertaking.
The project addresses the needs of people with disabilities, generally entirely ignored in Myanmar. Not only will it make Kalay common space more friendly for the physically handicapped but it will also draw public attention to their everyday problems and challenges.
Now we are looking forward to the results of our first applicationâŚ