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Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students
Scholarships and Sponsorships for Laos Students

Dear Supporters,

Quarter 4 has been a steady quarter for our project - We have used your generous donations to increase 5 students access to education and future opportunities:

  • 9  students sponsored at MEC in Nam Thuam
  • 1 student’s school uniform in Luang Prabang
  • 2 students at Bright Centre Luang Prabang

This takes our total number of sponsored students in Laos to 122!

In addition to our direct sponsorship program, funds from the GVI Laos Trust have also gone towards increasing students access to education in another way:

  • 1 new sewing machine for our women’s empowerment sewing workshops and Days for Girls Sustainable Menstrual Health Program. This sewing machine has helped us meet the growing need in the community for increased sewing skills in conjunction with business workshops. It is also being used by volunteers and locals to sewing DFG sustainable menstrual health kits for our upcoming distributions in to over 500 women and girls living in remote areas of Laos.

Thank you to our donors for their contribution to these wonderful achievements! We look forward to continuing to increase Lao students’ access to education and opportunities in 2018!

All the best, 

Laos

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Dear Supporters,

Quarter 3 is always the busiest time of year for the GVI Laos Trust Project with the beginning of the school year. This year was no exception - Quarter 3 was a huge quarter for the us in Laos and we have used your generous donations to increase 75 students access to education:

  • 46 students sponsored for 1 year at high school (2017-2018 fees)
  • 47 students school uniforms and educational materials for 1 year
  • 5 students sponsored for 1 year at university
  • 2 students sponsored for 1 year at finance college
  • 16 students sponsored at MEC in Nam Thuam
  • 1 student sponsored for a computer course
  • 1 student sponsored for 2 months at the Xayadeth summer school program.
  • 1 student sponsored for 1 year at ARDA English centre
  • 1 student sponsored for 1 year at Chinese school
  • 1 student’s 2016-2017 university exam fee sponsored

This takes our total number of sponsored students in Laos to 113. This means that we have achieved one of our 2017 goals of reaching 100 sponsored students!

In addition to our direct sponsorship program, funds from the GVI Laos Trust have also gone towards increasing students access to education in several other ways.

  • The rental of one classroom from September-December 2017. This enables GVI Laos to run an increased number of free English classes for local students.
  • The Ban Ma house is complete, providing 8 students safe accommodation while living in Luang Prabang to gain access to education.
  • Our annual donation to the Luang Prabang Children’s Library to help them continue their important activities and programs in Laos.

Finally, we would like to thank all donors that have contributed to our Nam Thuam and Luang
Prabang Sponsorship Programs. This September, a total of 25 students graduated from their
various educational institutions significantly increasing their future opportunities:

  • 2 students graduated from high school.
  • 1 graduated from Teacher Training College.
  • students graduated from MEC Luang Prabang receiving their intermediate certificates.
  • 3 students graduated from MEC Luang Prabang receiving their beginner certificates.
  • 15 students graduated from MEC Nam Thuam receiving their intermediate certificates.

These are our first graduates for this program that we have seen through from the beginning of their studies!

Congratulations to these students, we are incredibly proud and a big Thank you to the donors for their contribution to these wonderful achievements! We look forward to continuing to increase Laos students’ access to education and opportunities in Quarter 4.

All the very best,

Laos 

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Champeng with GVI Staff
Champeng with GVI Staff

Dear Supporters, 

We want to introduce you to another one of our hard working, determined and inspiring Laos students. 

Meet Champeng

Champeng is a former GVI student at Xayadeth College. He completed Year 1 through to Year 3 English classes at the college, of which his final year was as a sponsored student through The GVI Trust. He was also sponsored to complete a computer skills course. He is currently in his final year at the Souphanouvong University studying Agriculture. Very recently, Champeng has taken the initiative to begin teaching English to children in his village during his free time; passing on the skills and knowledge of the English language to the next generation. To support Champeng, GVI Trust donated a whiteboard, lights and some teaching materials and flashcards which he now uses to teach at his village and provided him with 5 hours of TEFL training.

Very recently, Champeng has taken the initiative to begin teaching English to children in his village during his free time; passing on the skills and knowledge of the English language to the next generation. To support Champeng, GVI Trust donated a whiteboard, lights and some teaching materials and flashcards which he now uses to teach at his village and provided him with 5 hours of TEFL training. 

“Thank you GVI Trust. I have been able to study computer and TEFL, which I am putting into practice by teaching in my village.  Because of the sponsorship, I was able to complete my studies at Xayadeth College, which has given me the opportunity to work at a guesthouse in Luang Prabang, as well as teach English. In the future, I hope to work with GVI and continue to teach English at my village”.

We are humbled to have been able to help Champeng on his journey and we can't wait to see how his school grows.

Thank you for your support and donations. 

With Gratitude,
GVI Laos 

 

Champeng with his students
Champeng with his students
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Dear Supporters, 

In Laos, we are working towards reducing gender inequalities and supporting girls to get an education!

The GVI Laos Women’ Empowerment Project focuses on reducing gender inequalities in Laos, particularly those that exist in education. For the last year, GVI Laos has been providing English classes to a group of 35 girls aged between 9-18 years old. In April 2016, GVI Laos also introduced health and life skills workshops to this program.

The girls’ progress has been exceptional. Their English curriculum is based on the Face to Face textbooks which were purchased using The GVI Trust funds in 2015. The young women in our program have made incredible academic progress and improve every day, with our highest level class beginning to speak in full sentences in front of their peers with confidence.

Literacy workshops, using reading books purchased with donations made to The GVI Trust, have helped build confidence while increasing opportunities to practice and understand the English language. They have also participated in the following health and life-skills workshops which increase their knowledge, skills, analytical thinking and overall health and wellbeing; self- esteem, body image, puberty, menstruation, conflict resolution, nutrition and fitness, dance, business, baking, road safety and environmental awareness.

All of the above is made possible by funds donated to this project, which has been providing funds for classroom and building rental since the programme’s inception. By doing so, The GVI Trust is helping to empower these girls to gain increased access to English, health and life skills education free of cost which positively impacts their future employment opportunities. In addition, The GVI Trust also facilitated a silent auction hosted by a generous donor in the United States to raise the funds necessary to purchase 35 bicycles, helmets, and locks for the girls in our program. The bicycles and equipment purchased for the girls has allowed them to commute from their homes to school more safely and efficiently. What once was a 45- minute-1 hour walk to school is now merely a 15-20-minute bike ride.

On behalf of GVI Laos and the students, thank you to The GVI Trust for partnering with us to increase girls’ access to knowledge and education. We'd also like to thank you, our donors who support this programme!

We look forward to continuing and expanding our WEP this year!

With Gratitude, 
GVI Laos

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Somchit and Sue
Somchit and Sue

Dear Supporters, 

The second scholar that we'd like to introduce you to in our series about the inspiring, hard working, determined and dedicated students that we get to work with in Luang Prabang is Somchit. 

Meet Somchit

Somchit is a Khmu student, who is from a rural village approximately 3 hours away from Luang Prabang city. His family are agricultural farmers. In 2009, Somchit moved to Luang Prabang to become a Novice Monk. In addition to spiritual reasons, young men commonly join the temple seeking food, shelter, greater access to education and the future employment opportunities this may bring.

Novice Somchit began studying English with GVI in 2009. He studied English and maths in GVI Laos’ free English classes for Novice monks made possible through donations to The GVI Trust and GVI Laos’ partnership with a local library. During this time, he was also sponsored by The GVI Trust to attend ARDA, a prestigious English language Centre.

Novice Somchit was a charismatic, dedicated student who consistently attended classes where he was active and engaged, soaking up all the knowledge he could. He also regularly practised his English by taking GVI volunteers on tours of his Temple and sharing the chanting experience with them.

Novice Somchit decided that when he left the temple, he wished to study abroad. With the help of several GVI volunteers and staff, including GVI Laos’ Education Coordinator Sue, Novice Somchit had individual tutoring, essay writing, application and interview tutoring as part of our free classes funded by The GVI Trust. Novice Somchit worked day and night to prepare for the gruelling application and interview process associated with this. After 2 essays, a creative writing piece and an interview in Vientiane, Novice Somchit was offered a scholarship to study in Canada.

In July 2015, Novice Somchit disrobed and travelled to Canada to begin his studies. This summer (July 2016) Somchit returned to Luang Prabang during his holidays and chose to volunteer his time with GVI Laos to give back and to pass on his skills to the next generation of students. During his time with us, Somchit translated in our classes, taught volunteers Lao, gave temple tours and used his passion for photography and filmography to direct and produce a short film about GVI Laos’ summer program in 2016.

While Somchit has now returned to continue his studies in Canada, he remains a special part of the GVI Laos Family and we look forward to welcoming him back next summer.

Thank you for your support and donations, we are humbled to have been able to help Somchit on his journey!

With Gratitude, 
GVI Laos

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Daniel Sitarenios
Exeter, Devin United Kingdom

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