A good project is the result of a good process.

Our project development process is long-lasting and is carried out in close cooperation with the local communities and their residents. We aim to increase the access to primary education by creating learning environments that help strengthen the reputation and position of the current schooling system.

Through our 5-step process we work to create projects that are culturally adjusted. Our architecture is functional and customized to account for environment, landscape, and climate.​

Project is requested

We only execute projects that have been requested by the local community and the regional school authorities.

Community projects along the border that help increase the livability, security, and infrastructure of the local community are implemented even if not requested by a leader.

Assess and research

When the project has been requested our assessment and research period begins.

Throughout this period our main objective is to determine whether this project is wanted or needed. Gyaw Gyaw implement projects that are needed.

This process usually lasts years and provides us with necessary and useful information regarding the formal and informal structures of the village, local resources, land access, how the school is operated, and other opportunities for development.

Make an initial plan

Our third step is a cooperative one. Through community engagement we begin the process of determining how the building is going to be made, when, by what materials, and how we can involve the local communities.

We start to look at the design of the building and present a suggestion based on the information and knowledge yielded in the second step.

As soon as the budget and location of the building is determined, what time of year the project will be executed, what materials are available, and the main design is settled, implementation can begin.

The plan remains flexible and open to change to account for better ideas and likely changes in weather, access to resources, and any local or global developments that affect the viability of the project.

Build the project

Steps three and four are deeply interconnected, and both the plan and the execution of the build remain open to change throughout the process.

Before Gyaw Gyaw begins working in a village, the locals have prepared all local materials necessary. After this, the team from Gyaw Gyaw moves to the village and the build commences.

Local labor is utilized whenever possible. These workers are always fairly compensated monetarily and provided meals. By utilizing the local labor force, we facilitate a sense of ownership within the community, resulting in more children attending school over a longer period of time.

Reflect and review

When the building process is finished, the building is handed over to the community. The official hand over happens through a meeting with representatives from Gyaw Gyaw, the school, and the village leadership.

The locals are provided with guidance and the necessary steps to take care of the building.

Gyaw Gyaw implement a three-year warranty on the construction and the materials.

Following the handover, Gyaw Gyaw evaluates how the project is used, how it ages, and how well it functions in accordance with the intentions of the initial plan.