5 families you’re helping in Nga
Family comes first. It’s a sentiment that many share when it comes to life priorities and it’s one that we share when it comes to our work.
Through Community Sponsorship, you’re changing the lives of some of the most vulnerable families in Laos – families that work hard to meet their daily needs, but struggle to escape poverty and lead better lives; families that will come to flourish, all thanks to you.
And now, we’d like you to meet a few! Introducing, 5 families you’re supporting in Nga:
The Xua family
Mother: Neung, 25
Father: Nor, 32
Children: 2 daughters, 3 sons (ages 3 to 11)
The Xuas live in a single 250 square foot home together. They work as rice farmers, but don’t earn enough to generate income. On the rare occasion they have livestock, they sell them at a distant market to pay their two eldest children’s school fees – but the future is always uncertain.
Since there is no pre-school or childcare available in the community, the youngest three children accompany parents Nor and Neung to the fields daily, located more than an hour away, on foot. This makes it very challenging for Nor and Neung to work, making them especially eager for local access to early education centres.
The Va family
Mother: Deng, 25
Father: Chong, 27
Children: 1 daughter, 2 sons (ages 1 to 5)
The Va’s are one of the poorest families in the community, earning less than $130 CAD per year, mainly from selling off livestock. Proper nutrition is an issue, as they can only really generate enough rice for consumption, along with collecting some local vegetables. Protein is rare addition to their diets, incorporated about once a month, if possible.
After Chong’s father died at a young age, his widowed mother couldn’t afford to support him, forcing him to quit school before completing his primary education, and leaving him to largely fend for himself. Chong and Deng are excited to send their daughter, who has just turned 5, to school next year, and are hopeful that Plan will provide improved facilities, like latrines, to the school.
The Yea family
Mother: Nam Yea, 25
Father: Por, 32
Children: 5 daughters, 3 sons (aged 1 to 10)
Por’s first wife, and the mother of the eldest 5 children, passed away during childbirth complications. Without access to clean water and proper sanitation, the entire family’s health is an ongoing issue. They generally retrieve water from a nearby, untreated stream and boil it when home, but drink from it directly when working in the fields – exposing them to the threat of waterborne illness.
“It would be great if we could be supported with pre-school in our community,” said Por, whose two daughters struggled with a late transition into school and both had to repeat the first grade.
The Xiong family
Mother: Yeng, 31
Father: Va Thor, 45
Children: 4 daughters, 3 sons (aged 9 months to 16)
Health has been a problem for the Xiong family, which has led to further complications. Va Thor, the father, has been ill for a few years, meaning his wife leads most of the labour, like rice production, while the older children are taken out of school to assist her. Sadly, Va Thor and Yeng also lost a two-year-old son in 2014, due to illness.
At 13, Xeer, the eldest girl in the family, had to drop out of school, when the responsibility of caring for her younger sister, Namchua, 7, fell on her shoulders. Namchua was born with a disability where he cannot walk or talk, and requires full-time care. The family is hopeful that Community Sponsorship will help improve their health and make education more inclusive and available for all.
The Yeng family
Mother: Pa Xiong, 20
Father: Chong, 22
Children: 2 sons (aged 9 months to 2)
Chong, Pa Xiong and their two small children live in a single hut alongside 15 others. Never having finished schooling themselves (they both dropped out to help out at home), they are excited at the prospect of their children receiving the proper education – along with all the opportunities that come with it – that neither had available to them.
Following progress with familiar faces
With coming updates you’ll be able to check-in with these warm, hardworking families. Every few months, you’ll see impactful photos of the exciting projects their involved with and learn how your dollars are directly improving their lives with each new day.
Now take a moment to meet the children whose lives you’re changing as well!
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