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Welcome to Nga, Laos

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Follow the journey

In the southeastern tip of Asia, nestled between Thailand and Vietnam, you’ll find the developing country of Laos. Deep within the cover of this country’s northernmost mountains resides a small, remote community, where families struggle to provide for their children and meet daily needs… until now. Welcome to Nga.

4 reasons Nga needs our help:

  • More than 75% of the population cannot speak, read or write the official language (Lao) that is taught in schools, limiting their growth opportunities
  • Schools are in poor condition and lack teaching supplies, trained teachers and sanitation facilities
  • The main water source flows from an untreated river, posing threat of illness from contamination
  • Child marriage is common and puts girls at risk of illiteracy, violence and abuse

Key challenges:

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  • No access to early childhood education or primary readiness programs
  • Poor education quality and school infrastructure (few supplies, no clean water or latrines)
  • Secondary schools are as far as 15km away and only reachable on rugged roads, by foot
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Health, water and sanitation

  • Clean water and sanitation facilities are not accessible near homes or schools, making children vulnerable to potentially deadly diseases like hepatitis A, cholera and diarrhea
  • Human and animal waste flows down the river (water source), especially in the rainy season
  • Lack of understanding regarding proper health and hygiene practices, like handwashing
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  • Income generation opportunities are limited, especially for youth
  • Parents must miss work to care for young children who aren’t in school
  • Farming is the main livelihood activity, though markets for selling crops and livestock only take place 2x a month and can be up to 3 hours away, by foot
Two girls and two boys hold hands and smile in front of a chalk board.

Gender equality

  • School environments are not favourable to girls’ attendance (e.g., lack of gender-separate latrines)
  • Largely patriarchal society, where girls are often denied education and child marriage is prevalent
  • Girls have higher school dropout rates than boys (often due to early marriage), and many girls don’t even enrol in school until the age of 10 (due to home childcare demands)

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