On 18 November 2014, a ceremony finalizing the project “Equipment purchases for disabled people in Myanmar” took place at the Office of the Republic of Poland in Yangon. Thanks to funds provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the small grants system, the Shwe Minn Tha Foundation made or bought 80 wheelchairs, 50 pairs of crutches, 10 hearing aids, and 15 white canes for blind people. The total amount of support was USD 15,874 USD. The project follows up on similar measures from the years 2011-2013.
Although more public money has been allocated to the country’s healthcare system compared with previous years, disabled people in Myanmar (former Burma) still experience hardship and are often prevented from playing an active part in social and professional life. The Polish Aid project gives them a chance to improve their quality of life. With the help of three- and four-wheeled wheelchairs, the beneficiaries will not only be able to leave their homes, but also can become active on the labour market. In addition, the wheelchairs can be used to conduct trade or provide services on a small scale.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Shwe Minn Tha foundation, city authorities, and the local media. The head of the Polish Office in Yangon, Mr Jacek Perlin, and the President of the Shwe Minn Tha Foundation, Mr Myat Thu Winn, gave interviews to the state television MRT4.