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, while the family started enjoying a solid monthly income. Soon after, family members and friends started approaching us with similar requests for restoration help.
We realised that heritage restoration and urban regeneration is not only of value to a city and its historical and cultural identity, but can also improve people’s livelihoods, support neighbourhood’s socio-economic growth, and contribute to social cohesion and wellbeing. Preserving and improving heritage and urban landscapes directly with the people and communities that inhabit them will be key in maintaining Yangon’s unique characteristics and creating an urban environment that will make people and society thrive. Thus, we formed Doh Eain and set out on this mission.