Working With Children in Laos

For the past 20 years, Laos has been steadily moving away from a centrally-planned economy towards a market-oriented economy, which has led to significant progress in key social and economic indicators. Still, many challenges remain for children in Laos. Eighty per cent of the population still depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and at least 30 per cent live in poverty.

World Vision’s work in Laos is focused on the most vulnerable, with programs in nutrition and health for mothers and children, water and sanitation, education and child protection. We also invest in economic empowerment to help families increase their income and in infrastructure improvements for schools and health facilities. Today, World Vision Laos benefits more than 200,000 Lao children.

Your impact in Laos

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

  • 1,382 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 553 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.


  • 225 women were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 490 parents learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 85 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.


  • 1,206 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 112 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 129 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 6 schools were renovated and 2 others received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students, others received classroom tools and resources, were renovated
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 242 people received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 340 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 443 farmers received inputs like livestock, seeds and tools, to increase their ability to produce more nutritious food and market the excess for a regular income
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.
  • 1,103 people, including 443 children, are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 1,270 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

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