OUR work IN LAOS
Enfants d’Asie - Children of Asia - has been involved in Laos since 1994. In Laos, we are working closely with local authorities in several regions of the country.
As of today, the organization supports:
- Around 8500 children sponsored
- Around 150 sponsors
Enfants d’Asie has been developing two main fields of activities in Laos:
- Individual sponsorships in Vientiane
- Collective sponsorships and school support in Northern Laos, where we help building school facilities, distribute clothes and rice, and pay school teachers
INDIVIDUAL SPONSORSHIPS IN VIENTIANE:
In Vientiane, we have set up a child and student sponsorship program. All the children we sponsor come from families with extremely low incomes. Some of them, who are now young adults, attend professional training courses in public schools. Most of them decide to follow classes either in the administration field (accounting, management and office duties) or in more technical fields (electricity, painting…).
COLLECTIVE SPONSORSHIPS AND SCHOOLS IN NORTHERN LAOS:
Due to the country’s isolated geography and self-sustaining economy, the multitude of ethnic groups (almost 60) and the large number of children (40% of the population is under 15 years old), we have decided to develop community support programs.
For ethnic minorities, going to school is often extremely complicated since schools are either nonexistent or really far away from their villages. The consequence is that school enrollment is really low (about 33%). In order to solve that problem, the Laos government decided to set up dormitories in villages where there is a school. This way, students are able to stay in the village during the week and attend school.
OUR PROGRAMS IN LAOS IN BRIEF:
- We support 18 pilot schools in the Oudomxay province (Northern Laos) and help to run them on a daily basis: school infrastructure construction, food and equipment allocation, teachers’ salary…
- Through sponsorships, we support students from the poorest families in Vientiane. Sponsorships cover their school tuition fees and basic needs.