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JULY 2017

Hello from Xonnabouly community, Laos

 
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Phonevilay Boualaphady

JULY 2017

Meet Xonnabouly's development manager

Thank you for your willingness to help with our work in the Xonnabouly District.

We are working with the local community to make meaningful changes for children and their education. We are working with Village Education Committees to:

  • train teachers to improve the learning environment for the children;
  • supply basic school materials like pencils, rulers, maps and posters;
  • provide school libraries with books;
  • distribute sports equipment for football (soccer);
  • repair old buildings; and
  • talk with parents about the importance of education for their children.

We are also working to improve the food security by:

  • promoting food gardens so families will have vegetables to eat with their rice, thus improving nutrition;
  • building small irrigation systems, for increased agriculture yield;
  • drilling wells, for increased access to safe water;
  • introducing new rice varieties and planting techniques, so families will have enough food; and
  • enabling goat raising, so that families will have some disposable income.

Once again, we are grateful for your support, which will enable us to help the community to build on what has been done so far and contribute towards improved education and food security.

Sincerely yours, 

Phonevilay Boualaphady 
Xonnabouly Program Manager

Smiling school children
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World Vision team

JULY 2017

Snapshots from Xonnabouly

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World Vision team

MARCH 2017

Reading is fun! EDUCATION

What’s so funny? These young students just finished reading a story that had them cracking up! Reading comprehension is an important literacy skill. The students discussed their opinions of the book, its plot and message.

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World Vision team

MARCH 2017

About Laos

Laos is a landlocked country in south-east Asia and one of the poorest in this region. Its neighbours include Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, China and Cambodia. About 80 percent of people live in rural areas and farming is their main source of food and income. Common food crops include rice and fruit, with cotton and spices also grown. The official language is Lao and Buddhism is the main religion, although many people follow traditional beliefs.

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MARCH 2017

Planting the seed for others LIVELIHOODS

Many families in Laos rely on subsistence farming, and hunting and collecting forest products to eat and sell, like wild roots and bamboo. Ms Phone learnt new gardening techniques instead of searching through the forest.

A mother of six, she attended training, organised by World Vision and the District government, where she learnt how to plant her seeds with raised garden beds to retain water, and how to use bio-pesticide and bio-fertiliser from local sources.

Now her crops of corn, cucumber, green leafy vegetables, string beans and onions are flourishing. Her children are eating a more balanced diet.

Ms Phone is now a model farmer, training other households what she has learnt. Model farmers are vital to ensuring sustainable development in their own communities by stimulating behaviour change and providing ongoing mentorship.

Today, program staff hope to help other farmers in the same way as Ms Phone.

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NOVEMBER 2016

85% children registered for school
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NOVEMBER 2016

Revolving goat scheme takes off LIVELIHOODS

Farmers throughout Xonnabouly are being trained in animal husbandry to provide them with an additional income source. A revolving scheme for goat distribution has been set up, where farmers who receive goats pay their animals’ first offspring back into the fund for distribution to other families. In 2016, the revolving fund received 14 new offspring in six months.

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NOVEMBER 2016

Community spearheads school renovations EDUCATION

The community collaborated with local authorities to renovate primary schools in three villages during 2016. World Vision provided building materials that weren’t available locally, such as cement, gravel, sand, iron bars and roofing, and community members contributed wood and their labour. The renovations have drastically improved the learning environment for children in these villages.

A renovated classroom