The School Building Project in Laos
In October 2011, World Volunteer travelled to Laos together with two groups of volunteers, to build a school in the remote village Ban Na Luang in Northern Laos.
Ban Na Luang is a beautiful village located in the central parts of Laos. Nam Ou River floats next to the village and the lush green forests line the roots of the mountains around it. The villagers are from different ethnic minorities, Lao Lum, Khamu and Hmong. The village has a rich and diverse culture due to the different influences from their traditions.
For centuries the poor villagers have made their living from agriculture. The village lack basic infrastructure such as electricity, education, clean water and the villagers are also short of income generating opportunities. Since the summer 2011 World Volunteer have worked with local partners, the Lao government and the village committee to build and start a school in Ban Na Luang.
During the time in the village, the volunteers lived in the homes of the villagers, which consisted of simple wooden houses. The building of the school was carried out under supervision from technical experts and local guides. The work included making clay, moulding bricks and building the walls of the school. Evenings in the village were spent in the villagers homes or around a fire.
Since October, the school has been finished by volunteers from our partner organisation Tiger Trail and today the school accommodates for the teaching of 100 children from three different villages. We have a long term commitment to this project and continue to support the village, school and its teachers. Please get in touch if you want to learn more!
Our next building project in Laos, where World Volunteer sends volunteers to build an Eco Bungalow in order to create income for a small Mhong community, will start in October 2012.