SEDA has been raising funds to help many elementary schools in Vientiane and three provinces in southern of Lao P.D.R. (Sekong, Attappeu, and Salavanh provinces). All of these schools still need renovation.
To develop basic education and to meet the Millennium Development Goals, there is a strong need for a support not only from Lao government, Education For All program, but also from individuals. SEDA urges everyone to contribute through global giving, so that we could create proper learning environment for the most disadvantaged areas. Our help is operative and effective due to long term cooperation with these provinces.
Though the amount we had is only a bit more than $200 we could purchase the building supplies for one school. We hope to help urgently the most disadvantaged schools with your contribution.
In Ban Oun Nyai Village, District Lao Ngarm, Salavanh Province, SEDA supported the renovation of an elementary school. From the 11-15th March 2010, SEDA staff member Ms Syvone delivered 20 roof metal sheets and nails to fix the roof, and also gave pens and notebooks to the children to assist in their learning. She was joined by village committees, the school principal, district officials and provincial officials to participate in a ceremony for the school to accept the donation. In recognition of this donation and support, the district education department awarded SEDA with a certificate of appreciation. Thank you to all our Global Giving supporters for the funding to complete this school renovation, and we hope the support continues in order to help the thousands of other schools in rural Laos which need similar renovations.
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far to this cause. SEDA is trying to raise enough funds to renovate three schools and is reliant on your help to achieve our goal.
SEDA believes that improving education and giving children the best start in life is one of the most effective ways to beat poverty. Please help us raise the money we need in anyway you can.
Just $10 can make a difference, please donate and let other people know about the plight of school children in Laos. You can add the Global Giving widget to your own website, or email your friends and family to let them know about this very worthy cause.
Please don’t let the potential of young people in Laos go to waste.
Imagine sending your child to school everyday without breakfast, and most likely, without any food other than a bowl of rice the night before. Imagine your child walking along a dirt track with no bag for books or a packed lunch, because they have neither. Imagine them sat on a dirt floor, with nothing to write on or with, no desks or chairs, and a teacher stood in front of them with nothing but a broken blackboard propped up against a falling down wall.
Imagine that every day you know your child is being let down, that their future is lost already, and that there is nothing you can do about it.
Imagine life for a parent in Laos.
Breaking the cycle of poverty:
The Social and Economic Developers Association (SEDA), Laos, is trying to do something about the shocking state of education in the country. The Civil Society Organization is dedicated to finding a long term solution to poverty in Laos, and improving education is a key strategy in the ongoing battle.
“The future of Laos depends on the next generation. Without proper education, how can we expect people to create sustainable incomes and contribute to the social and economic development of the country?” asks SEDA Chief Executive, Souly QuachAngkham. “Poor education contributes to the vicious cycle of poverty. We want to put a stop to that cycle now.”
Since 2008 SEDA has been working with local communities in Laos to make improvements to education. But the problems are huge, and SEDA is small – currently, they are only slowly generating enough funds to tackle one school at a time.
A success story that can be repeated:
SEDA was recently involved in improvements to the Ban Phao School near the capital, Vientiane. Renovations to their elementary school building have made a huge difference to the children, who now have a clean and safe place to learn, with desks, chairs and blackboards. And SEDA’s involvement didn’t end there; they also placed a voluntary English teacher in the school to help improve educational standards.
But there is so much more to be done. On a recent trip to the South of Laos, SEDA identified three schools that are desperately in need of renovation. The schools are in a shocking state of disrepair; the buildings are seriously dilapidated, to the point where walls are falling down and roofs are leaking badly; they lack furniture and equipment; have no electricity; and are unsafe for children to be in.
Fundraising has just begun to raise the $50,000 dollars necessary to make the renovations that are so badly needed.
SEDA is asking for donations to make a real difference to the education of children in Laos, and to help stop the cycle of poverty. As little as $20 can pay for blackboards and chalk; $100 will provide a desk and chairs.
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