Laos

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. 

 

  • 167 children and youth learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 35 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 2,040 adults learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 5 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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

 

  • 378 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 2,381 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 28 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 20 people were trained on how to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families
  • 1,743 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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

 

  • 160 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 129 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 100 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 15 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 5 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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

 

  • 802 individuals are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 380 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 155 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 107 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 31 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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