"Without some help I wouldn’t have had a chance to attend the training or to work like other people. I didn’t think I would be good at dealing with people. I would have remained inside the house, not going out in public."
Chan was born in Myanmar with a severe hearing impairment. Being unable to hear meant he couldn’t learn in the same way as other children. He soon fell behind at school and then stopped going altogether, living a reclusive existence at home on his own, isolated and cut off, fearful of the wider world.
Thanks to the World Vision disability programme and self-help groups, hundreds of children like Chan can live their lives to the full. Today, Chan makes a good living painting bikes at a local repair shop. "My boss has learned sign language, so we can communicate," he says proudly.