Tell us about your partnerships
Currently, we partner with a variety of social and humanitarian organizations in Chiang Mai that specialize in a minority populations. They include the mentally and physically disabled, orphans, and single mothers with children. Our main partners include The Healing Family Foundation, Freedom House School, The Migrant Learning Center, Wildflower Home, Wat Pa Pao, Hope Home and Mitmuandek.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
ARI works with various minority groups in Chiang Mai, including Burmese migrant workers/refugees, people living with HIV/AIDS, and single mothers. Again, we are looking to expand our reach with these groups as well as with homes and schools that coordinate activities for those with disabilities. We recently partnered with Sri Sangwan School, which provides education and boarding to children and youth with disabilities. We will provide the school with volunteer occupational/physical therapists, as well as art therapists, in order to achieve best results for the students studying there.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Our innovative approach to therapy has been successful thanks to open-minded partner organizations in Chiang Mai who have given us a chance to show them the significant impact art therapy can have on the people they assist. In general, the Chiang Mai community is very active in the arts, and it is this environment that has helped us succeed.
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