About Eden Centre
Eden Centre for Disabled Children (ECDC) is a not for profit organization catering for children with physical and intellectual disabilities: irrespective of race, religion or nationally. It was established on 18 April 2000 by like minded people with the common goal of improving the lives of children with disabilities in Myanmar.
Our Vision, Mission & Values
Vision A Myanmar where all people with disabilities fulfill their potential…empowered in their identity, rights and capacity,enjoying equal opportunities in communities free of discrimination and dominated by love.
Mission Eden strives to create a caring, inclusive and empowering environment for disabled children -by providing services and support which values. Read more
How Eden Centre Came About
The desire to do something for disabled children in Myanmar was rooted in the heart of the founder, U Tha Uke, when he was working as a Physiotherapist in 1995-96 at the Spastic Children Association of Penang, Malaysia, and after volunteering twice a week at the Eden Handicap Service Centre. He continued to work as a Physiotherapist at St. Luke’s Hospital for the Elderly, Singapore, for another two years but came back to his mother country for good in August 1998. He took nearly one year to finish his project proposal for the Eden Handicapped Service Centre (EHSC), Yangon, Myanmar and during that time he met Daw Lilian Gyi, the principal of the School for Disabled Children, who had dedicated her whole life to children with disabilities. She helped him as a mentor for this project from the beginning.
How Eden Centre Has Grown
After giving the services to 14 disabled children for more than a year, at their own residences. U Tha Uke (Hta Oke) opened the centre twice a week at the residence of co founder Daw Lilian Gyi in Yangon, by May 2000 and he had used the residence for four months. The first site for the Eden Centre was rented at No. 13 (A), Daw Hla Pan Street, Ward 2, Mayangone Township, Yangon from September 2000 to December 2001, with the help of the chairperson of the organization. The ex-colleges of Tha Uke from St. Luke’s Hospital for the Elderly, Singapore came to visit Myanmar at the time and later helped finance the land. A one story building was financed by the ‘Grass-root Grant Assistance Scheme’ through the Japanese Embassy in August, 2001. In January 2002, they moved again to David Shwe Nu Street, Ward 2, Mayangone Township, Yangon, they remained their for ten months before finally moving onto their current site, Phawkan Insein in November 2002… Read more >>