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WHY LAOS?

In Laos, a lack of educational infrastructure is one of the greatest barriers to accessing quality education (BBC News Asia). 15% of people in Laos are illiterate, with even higher illiteracy rates amongst ethnic minorities (World Bank 2015).

Pencils of Promise works with 130 communities in Laos to ensure that students overcome these, and other, barriers to accessing quality education. Currently, PoP is impacting over 90,000 lives in Laos.

 

LUANG PRABANG

Luang Prabang Province, located in northern Laos, sits at the intersection of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. 

PoP has built over 120 schools in Luang Prabang Province and is currently working in collaboration with communities to support teachers and provide quality infrastructure to ensure that students have access to quality education.

 

Bouam Phor

 

With a population of around 790, this community is located within the Phoukhone district. There are approximately 150 families in Bouam Phor. Members of the community engage in farming and agriculture. The Khmu language is spoken here.

 

Omaha & SLU PoP Clubs’ Impact in Bouam Phor

The Bouam Phor Preschool and Primary School previously had two structures; one was a permanent structure with two classrooms and the other was a temporary community-made structure. This structure was constructed of wood walls, a tin roof, and dirt floors. These conditions hindered learning, as it was difficult to hold classes during inclement weather. 

PoP has partnered with the Bouam Phor community to build a new five-classroom structure. The community is committed to providing higher-quality education to its students, contributed 20% of the resources and labor required for construction. The new Bouam Phor Preschool and Primary School provides a high-quality learning environment where every child can reach their unique potential!