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  • World Education Featured in the Irish Times UXO survivor Yeyang and his daughter, photographed for the Irish Times

    Rosita Boland, a journalist for The Irish Times, teamed up with Mark Whiteside from the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) to visit UXO survivors in Xieng Khouang Province, the most heavily bombed province in Laos. Boland reflects on the disastrous effects of what is now referred to as the “Secret War,” in which the U.S. dropped 270 million bombs on Laos between 1964 and 1973, in order to prevent supplies being taken into Vietnam during the war between the communist north and the U.S.-backed south. Boland visits UXO survivors Yeyang Yang and Khammeung Phommalein, whom World Education supported with medical compensation and peer-to-peer support. Of Yeyang, Boland writes: ...

  • World Education’s TEAM Project Holds Its Seventh Coordination Meeting team group photo

    On 27 April 2017, the USAID-funded World Education Laos (WEL) TEAM project organized the seventh coordination meeting with 36 participants, including USAID, WEL, and TEAM’s 14 current sub-recipients. The meeting took place at the Learning House for Development in Vientiane. WEL’s TEAM project and its sub-recipients shared their latest achievements and progress; emphasis was placed on learning from one another, and developing synergies with each other, in order to develop the rehabilitation and disability sectors in Laos. In addition, the importance of outcome measurement and accountability to demonstrate tangible change in the lives of beneficiaries was highlighted. As WEL-TEAM project’s Technical Director Bernard Franck stated, “It ...

  • Celebrating Our Health Workers: Nurse Vieng’s Story nurse vieng

    Nurse Vieng Xaiyasin from Mahosot Hospital had an opportunity to attend a one-month training about speech therapy supported by the World Education Laos, USAID-funded CMR-TEAM project. The training, held in Khon Khaen Univeristy (KKU), Thailand, has been invaluable to her skills development, and since her return she has been able to implement her new skills and knowledge in her work. One of the main added values of World Education’s TEAM project is to increase synergies and co-ordination in the disability and rehabilitation sector in Laos. World Education aims to link and develop connections between TEAM sub-recipients’ work and projects for the mutual benefit of the partners and the ...

  • Champasak Triumphs at the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Vientiane wheelchair basketball player chases basketball

    The wheelchair basketball team from Champasak Province emerged victorious at the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament after narrowly beating the host province (Vientiane) 34-33 in the final. This made Vientiane and Luang Prabang the first-runner up and second-runner up, respectively. The tournament, held at the Vientiane International School, marked the first time that players from Champasak, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Xieng Khouang Provinces, along with teams from Vientiane, came together to compete. The tournament is part of the “Para Sports Awareness Raising Program through the Development of Wheelchair Basketball in Local Provinces,” which helps empower persons with disabilities so they can live to their fullest potential and ...

  • UXO Accident Injures Thirteen People in Xieng Khouang Province young girl injured by UXO accident in hospital bed

    On 21 March 2017, at about 11:30 A.M. in Nyod Ngeum (Nongpet) Village in Paek District, Xieng Khouang Province, Miss. Lab Lee (10 years old) and Miss. Seng Lee (7 years old) found a UXO on the side of the road on the way home from school. Thinking it was a ball from the game pétanque, they took the ball home to play with their friends. That day, the Lee family was having a baci ceremony, and the children were playing in the front yard. When Miss. Lab Lee took the UXO out to play with, the UXO dropped to ground, exploding. Tragically, Miss. Lab Lee ...

  • March 18: The USAID-funded World Education Laos TEAM Project Will Host the First-Ever Domestic National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament basketball flyer for wheelchair basketball tournament

    This Saturday, 18 March, the USAID-funded World Education Laos TEAM Project, with the Asian Development with Disabled Persons Japan (ADDP Japan), will host the first-ever domestic national wheelchair basketball tournament at Vientiane International School (VIS) at 9:00 A.M.! The tournament will feature five teams from Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khouang, Savannakhet, and Champasak Provinces. See you there!              

  • Celebrating International Women’s Day: Interviews with Ms. Norm and Ms. Nout

    Ms. Norm and Ms. Nout are two beneficiaries of the Resilient Livelihoods for the Poor (RLP) Project; the RLP Project enables the poorest households in Saravane Province to have sustainable livelihoods through the development of micro-enterprises. The RLP Project provided Ms. Norm with pigs and Ms. Nout with goats — through animal raising training, financial literacy training, and fortnightly follow-ups, RLP supported Ms. Norm and Ms. Nout in learning how to support themselves for a better life for them and their families. To hear about Ms. Norm’s experience with the RLP Project, please watch the video below: To hear about Ms. Nout’s experience with the RLP Project, please ...

  • Celebrating International Women’s Day: Bouakham’s Story

    On 2 February 2017, Bouakham and her family were selling scrap metal to Vietnamese vendors. When one of the vendors tried to remove soil from a piece of scrap metal, the UXO exploded. Bouakham’s right leg was immediately amputated, while her left leg was severely injured; her eldest son’s shoulder was hit, while her other son’s eye was injured. They were immediately sent to the Provincial Hospital, and then on to the Friendship Hospital in Vientiane. World Education Laos staff visited Bouakham at the hospital to introduce the War Victim Medical Fund policy to her and her family, informing her that the fund covers any and ...

  • U.S. Ambassador Joins Wheelchair Basketball Training with the Asian Development with Disabled Persons (ADDP) in Savannakhet Province us ambassador high fives wheelchair basketball player

    is really hard, and you guys are incredible athletes…I find it really inspiring, and it is such a great honor for me to be visiting with you all today and to watch you practice,” said U.S Ambassador Rena Bitter when she and other USAID representatives visited the Wheelchair Basketball training of Asian Development with Disabled Persons (ADDP Japan) in Savannakhet on February 15th, 2017.  She encouraged all participants to continue being inspirations for others and working hard regardless of their physical impairment. ADDP Japan is one of the 15 partners in the USAID-funded World Education Laos TEAM project. ADDP Japan created 4 wheelchair basketball teams ...

  • Peer-to-peer Support Model Helps UXO Survivors Cope

    Victims of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) accidents often face psycho-social trauma in addition to physical trauma. Experiencing physical impairment can lead to feelings of frustration and alienation as daily activities that were previously mindless, like brushing one’s teeth, come with a new set of difficulties. Through its Victims’ Assistance Support Team and War Victims Medical Fund, World Education in Laos provides integrated medical, livelihoods and psycho-social support to Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) accident survivors and their families. World Education Laos recently piloted a peer-to-peer support program for UXO survivors to share mutual support and understanding throughout the rehabilitation process. In this video, UXO survivors Teuy and Phongsavat are ...