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. 

  • 3,206 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 719 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 44 child and adult victims of abuse or exploitation received counselling and resources to help them recover

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

  • 2,323 women and children in Laos were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 59 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 88 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 4,745 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation

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

  • 19 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 90 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children in Laos
  • 3,474 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 19 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities

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

  • 1,036 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 246 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 134 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
  • 265 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens

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