Laos

  • 40 sponsorship programmes
  • 900 young people sponsored
  • 4 overseas volunteers

Laos is a predominantly mountainous, rural country.  Often called ‘the country of a million elephants’, it suffers from a lack of infrastructure and the means to improve its educational system.

A high level of absenteeism among teachers in addition to the mediocre course material in rural areas are a huge obstacle to improving Laos’ educational system. Many children leave school after primary school, mainly due to the poverty of their family and the fact that secondary schools are located too far away for them to attend.

  • 7.1 million inhabitants (as of 2017) of which  59.3% live in rural areas
  • Literacy level: 79.9%
  • Currency: kip
  • 68 ethnic groups of which the Lao make up 53.2%, the Khmou 11% and the Hmong 9.2%
  • Main religion: Buddhism (64.7%)

CHILDREN OF THE MEKONG’S PROGRAMMES IN LAOS HELPS WITH:

  • Supporting the very poorest families, economically and socially, and enabling our sponsored youth to continue their schooling, especially in the Takhek and Pakse regions as well as the areas north of Luang Prabang.
  • Supporting private schools which are open to the poorest children.
  • Helping students living in isolated areas continue their education with the support of foster houses close to middle schools, high schools, or universities.
  • Guiding and supporting young people through professional training courses (English studies, the hotel industry…) to enable them to enter the workforce, and help them develop as people in their own right so that they can be open to the world around them and become part of society.
  • Increasing access to education by building or renovating village primary schools as well as foster houses for children in middle school and high school.