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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • World Education Laos Celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disability

    On 3 December,  the International Day of Persons with Disability, World Education Laos (WEL) were pleased to host a special event to promote the strength, resilience and ability of persons with disability, led by Chief Warrant Officer 5 Dana Jones, an Army helicopter pilot who lost his leg in 2002 and eight months later was back in the cockpit flying with a prosthesis. The event was attended by the newly appointed U.S Ambassador to Laos, Rena Bitter, USAID Laos Office Director Alexandria Huerta, Country Director of World Education Laos Colette McInerney, and seven Lao nationals who are living with impairment. All participants were able share experiences ...

  • Victim Assistance and Support Team (VAST): Sone’s Story picture of Sone

    Sone, 20 years old, lives in Long Khan village , Phoukhoud District, Xieng Khouang Province. On 22 August 2016, Sone and his 4 relatives went to the forest to collect wood. At 11:30 A.M., Sone made a fire to cook some food; the fire had not been going for more than 10 minutes when it exploded. Sone’s right foot was injured, and his relatives immediately sent him to the Provincial Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital at 8:30 P.M. The doctor performed surgery to remove the shrapnel from his foot. World Education was informed about this accident on 23 August 2016 by a Provincial Hospital doctor. ...

  • Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE): Noudeang’s Story

    Noudeang Dhala, 75, lives in Phabong village, Hinherb District, Vientiane Province. “I went out to the jungle with my friend on soldier duty to patrol around the conflict area between Xieng Khouang and Xaysomboun Province. It was 1970, and I was 29 years old. I stepped on a landmine, and I woke up in Phonsavanh hospital. The doctor in the hospital could not treat my leg due to serious damage, so they sent me to Vietnam and my leg got amputated there. I had to stay in Vietnam for nearly six months. When I came home, I felt trapped. I couldn’t walk and I couldn’t work. Then, ...

  • TEAM Trainings Build Capacity of Local Partners team training

    The World Education Laos TEAM project is a USAID-funded project that intends to develop and strengthen the disability and physical and rehabilitation medicine sectors in Laos. The goal of the TEAM project is to enable people with disabilities, especially women and girls, to attain and maintain maximum independence to fully and equally participate in all aspect of life. TEAM does this by working with 15 partner organizations, who each contribute to this overall goal through their own activities. Capacity-building is one of the core components of the TEAM project, and one approach is formal trainings for sub-recipients. So far, TEAM has conducted compulsory trainings on USAID ...