Doh Eain began informally when towards the end of 2015 we helped our now team member Gulam and his family renovate their second apartment in a historical building on Bogalay Zay street. Due to the illness of their mother, this family had run into financial trouble. Receiving financial and design support from us, their apartment was upgraded to modern standards and rented out to a new tenant. Renovation was paid back within a year, and the family subsequently enjoyed a solid monthly income. Soon after, family members and friends started approaching us with similar requests for help.
We realised that heritage restoration and urban renewal is not only of value to a city and its historical and cultural identity, but can also improve people’s livelihoods and support neighbourhood’s socio-economic growth. Moreover, preserving smaller heritage and urban landscapes directly with the communities that inhabit them will be key in maintaining Yangon’s character, next to the preservation or upgrading of large public buildings and systems that other organisation focus on.