You’re Making a Difference Here



In Laos, one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, a lack of educational infrastructure is one of the greatest barriers to accessing a quality education (BBC News Asia). 27% of people in Laos are illiterate, with even higher illiteracy rates amongst ethnic minorities (World Bank 2014).

Pencils of Promise works with 88 communities in Laos to ensure that our students overcome these, and other, barriers to accessing a quality education. To date, PoP has impacted over 61,000 lives in Laos.



Luang Prabang Province, located in northern Laos, sits at the intersection of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. Although a beautiful area, Luang Prabang lacks sufficient educational infrastructure.

PoP has built over 88 schools in Luang Prabang Province, working in collaboration with communities to couple school builds with teacher training, in order to ensure that our students are benefitting from access to both educational infrastructure and quality instruction.


Before the PoP School Build


When our team first visited the school in Chan Neua, Laos, they found most students attending class in an aging provisional structure; for the preschool students, however, there was no formal classroom space. Instead, their classes were held in the teacher’s office. Additionally, there are more students around the community who wish to attend school, but are not able to due to the extreme overcrowding.

Your Impact with the New PoP School


You recognized and responded to the needs of Chan Neua by helping PoP and the community break ground on a new classroom. Teachers, parents and community members were dedicated and committed to the project, contributing up to 20 percent of resources and labor. The Ministry of Education was also supportive throughout the build. After months, we mounted the plaque, concluding tireless work to build a school equipped with formal blackboards, benches, desks, doors, walls and windows. You made this school build possible for the students of Chan Neua and created a safe, strong foundation where they’ll be able to learn and realize their potential and promise.