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Goal 1
Improve access to quality education
Goal 2
Improve maternal and child nutrition

A lifelong love of learning

In Phoukhoun, a majority of girls and boys are attending primary school, giving them the knowledge and skills they need to take control of their futures. 


Bringing clean water closer

Twenty-six villages have been supported to build new water systems, providing clean water to 2,203 people.

The number of children with diarrhoea has decreased significantly and parents have additional savings thanks to spared healthcare costs.

Local committees have been trained with the skills needed to maintain and repair the water systems, to keep them working long term.


Providing new livelihood opportunities

322 people in 10 villages have participated in agricultural and livelihoods activities, including cash crop cultivation training and support to raise small livestock.

72 households have been supported to start farming ginger instead of rice, a valuable crop which has the potential to earn 20 times more profit.

34 farmers in three villages have received tools and materials to help them start home gardens, a source of food and additional income.


Improving community health

Village health workers have participated in training to improve their knowledge and refresh their skills. A health campaign has been conducted to monitor the growth of children under five and to promote the importance of good nutrition. A mobile health clinic has helped to provide vaccinations for children under two years old.

Students at nine primary schools have received toothbrushes, toothpaste and participated in lessons about good health and hygiene.


Thank you for your generous support of the Phoukhoun community

Phoukhoun is a community that lies in a remote, mountainous district in northern Laos – around 130 kilometres from the provincial capital.

This is one of the poorest districts in the surrounding province. Many children suffer from preventable diseases like malaria and diarrhoea and the community lacks basic hygiene facilities. The people of Phoukhoun must also rely on very limited access to clean water sources. In addition, schools lack basic necessities, like hygiene facilities and learning resources, which means that the quality of education in the area remains low.

Your contribution will help to make a significant difference to the people of Phoukhoun. By improving health and education in the community, together we can greatly improve the lives of children and their families.


Meet the community of Phoukhoun

In Phoukhoun, isolation and a lack of clean water and healthcare pose daily challenges to the community. With your help, we can provide better medical facilities and strengthen education opportunities for the children of the community.

How we can make a difference

Improve access to quality education

The children of Phoukhoun lack access to school resources.

Together we can improve education by:

  • Building the capacity of village education development committees to promote and improve education
  • Equipping primary schools with more resources
  • Promoting improved hygiene practices and building school toilets and handwashing stations

Improve maternal and child health and nutrition

Health and nutrition are both major concerns for the people of Phoukhoun.

Together we can make the community healthier by:

  • Teaching caregivers about health, nutrition and child feeding practices
  • Supporting local health centres to conduct mobile outreach clinics
  • Promoting improved sanitation practices at a community level

Hear from Ammala Thomisith, World Vision Laos Public Engagement Officer

Bringing clean water to Eid’s doorstep

Eid used to walk every day to the river at the bottom of the mountain, a kilometre away from her home. The path was steep and uneven, making the journey difficult, and the water the 14-year-old collected from the river wasn’t even clean.

“I felt exhausted; walking with the heavy container of water was tough. The terrain was often slippery and I would fall many times, spilling the water all over the ground. I would then have to start the process again, walking back down the mountain to get more water,” Eid shares.

Eid would rush to school after collecting water in the mornings and come home in the afternoon to make the journey again. She had little time to play or enjoy herself, and her family often fell ill because the water was unsafe to drink.

“Our communities were plagued with numerous health problems. Children suffered from diarrhoea, malaria and especially small-pox since the village environment was not clean,” Eid’s father says. Since the project began, World Vision has helped Eid’s village build a water system, set up water taps and conducted training on how to maintain the equipment. The community, with the support of World Vision, also formed a committee to oversee the equipment and ensure that it was kept in good condition.

“Today, water is available just outside my doorstep! It means I no longer have to wake up early and walk through difficult paths. I have enough time to play with friends, study and help with household chores. I feel strong, healthy and ready to learn in school,” says Eid.

This fantastic story is just the beginning. The change your support enables is real. Together we’re making a difference for the people of Phoukhoun.

Ammala Thomisith

Public Engagement Officer
World Vision Laos

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