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 113 communities in Laos to ensure that our students overcome these, and other, barriers to accessing a quality education. Currently, PoP is impacting over 14,000 students 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 119 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 a PoP School Build
When our team first visited the school in Na Kheun, Laos, they found second and third grade students being taught in wooden, community-built structures. These old structures not only posed a danger to student safety, they significantly hindered learning and engagement.
Your Impact with the New PoP School
The new two-classroom school will provide a bigger and safer space that will allow second and third grade students to learn and grow. With your family’s support, we’ve officially completed construction after months of hard work! You’ve made this school build possible for the Na Kheun community and are creating a safe, strong foundation where students will be able to learn and realize their potential and promise.