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  • TEAM’S “CELEBRATING DIVERSITY” E-BOOK

    The goal of the USAID funded World Education TEAM project was ambitious: to enable people with disabilities, especially women and girls, to attain and maintain maximum independence to fully and equally participate in all aspects of life. The stories in this book are stories of hope and resilience, and they illustrate the contribution that World Education’s USAID-funded TEAM project has made towards the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities to access improved services and to enjoy the same quality of life as others in the Lao PDR. Click the picture below to see the e-book version of TEAM’s “Celebrating Diversity: Stories of Hope and Resilience”.

  • World Education Laos Turns 25!

    World Education Laos celebrated our 25th anniversary in Lao PDR on September 15th, 2017! Over the past 25 years, we have worked hard in support of our mission to engage and empower Lao communities, families, and individuals through programs in education, health, mine action, and economic development. Our projects have taken place in every province and have spanned across many various sectors, from Lao textiles to credit unions.    Thank you to our special guests US Ambassador Rena Bitter, UN Resident Coordinator Kaarina Immonen, the Deputy Head of Mission for the Australian Embassy Andreas Zurbrugg, Mr. Mithong Souvonvisay, Mr. Thonglith Sihabandid, and the representatives from our donors, the Lao ...

  • Short film featuring TEAM’s beneficiaries in Wheelchair Basketball – “We All Can”

    “I don’t blame my parents that I was born like this. I don’t blame fate that I am different from others. I don’t want your pity. I will prove to myself and the rest of the world that I’ve got willpower, perseverance, courage, ability, and my value as a human being is the same as yours.” – Douangchay Southamamvong, Savannakhet. As part of World Education’s USAID-funded TEAM project, sub-recipient ADDP worked to organize the “Para Sports Awareness Raising Program” through the development of wheelchair basketball in local provinces from May 2016 – August 2017. As a part of this initiative, a short film named “We All Can” ...

  • Staff Spotlight: RLP Deputy Project Manager Khammouane Sisanphet Khammouane stands in front of World Education Laos mural

    Meet Khammouane! Khammouane is the Deputy Project Manager for World Education’s Resilient Livelihoods for the Poor project, which enables 400 of the poorest households in Lao Ngam District, Saravane Province to have sustainable livelihoods that last beyond the project. Each household in the project cohort receives a productive asset (for example, livestock) and comprehensive support through fortnightly household visits, training sessions, and asset support grants to help them plan towards their future. In 2007, Khammouane received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Mahachulalongkhorerajavidyalaya University in Thailand. After graduating, Khammouane moved to Vientiane and lived for three years as a monk; he loved being a monk, as it ...

  • 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!