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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 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.
With a population of around 415, the Phou Nyee community is located within the Vieng Kham district. Members of the community engage in rice farming and livestock-raising. The Hmong language is spoken here.
Not Yet Foundation’s Impact in Phou Nyee
Students currently enrolled at the Phou Nyee Primary School attend class in one of two structures. First, second, and third grades use one structure, while fourth and fifth grades use the other. Both structures have wooden walls with tin roofs and dirt floors. They do not properly shelter students from the elements, and school is often canceled during bad weather.
In the coming months, PoP will be partnering with the Phou Nyee community to build a new three-classroom structure. The community is committed to providing higher-quality education to its students, and will contribute 20% of the resources and labor required for construction.
The new Phou Nyee Primary School will provide a high-quality learning environment where every child can reach their unique potential.