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World Vision in Asia: Laos

The Lao People's Democratic Republic, or Laos, is a landlocked country located in Southeast Asia. Its thickly forested landscape consists mostly of rugged mountains, with some plains and plateaus.

See the communities World Vision works with in Laos:

1. Xebangfay Go to Communtiy page 2. Ngommalath Go to Communtiy page 3. Mounlapamok Go to Communtiy page 4. Soukhouma Go to Communtiy page
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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 new way.

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.​

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Canada 6/1000 81 Years 100% $76,600 99% 99% 9,984,670 34,300,083
 
Laos 42/1000 63 Years 57% $1,010 82% 73% 91,428 6,201,000


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Country Challenges Geography & People
  • Laos is one of East Asia's poorest countries
  • More than 40% of children under the age of five experience stunted growth
  • Nearly 40% of Laotians live below the poverty line
  • Three quarters of the population earn less than $2 a day

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