An update from the National Director of Laos
Changes to child sponsorship in Laos.
The Government of Laos has recently imposed restrictions on
all organizations like World Vision who connect sponsors with children,
families and communities in Laos.
These new rules mean World Vision is no longer allowed to
provide direct communication between child sponsors and sponsored children. We
are no longer permitted to share information or even monitor the progress of
individual sponsored children.
For these reasons, World Vision has had no choice but to
discontinue all sponsorship in Laos. Thankfully, in most communities, we are
still able to continue the important work made possible by sponsors—but in a
Instead of receiving updates about your sponsored child,
you’ll receive updates on progress in the community. Unlike child sponsorship,
however, you won’t have the ability to write or send special gifts.
We are saddened by these changes and understand that it will
be difficult for our sponsors to lose the connection they’ve built with their
sponsored children. Even so, we are thankful to continue our mission of helping
vulnerable children and families in Laos.
If you have questions, a member of our team would be happy
to speak with you. You can reach us at 1 800-268-4888.