The majority of people living in the remote mountainous areas of Laos carve out a living by growing rice.
LAOS - It had been a grueling motorbike ride to Nam Naen, a Thaidam ethnic village in northern province of Phongsaly, Laos. We were greeted and graciously hosted by a family in their home on stilts. We saw a young boy reading aloud to a younger boy, using a dim, overhead flashlight and the light of the fire. His determination to read to the younger child was moving.
WORLDWIDE - World Renew finds great joy in our work when we discover resources in God’s creation that can feed hungry people and restore worn-out farmland. When we join our knowledge and experience with the knowledge and experience of farmers to test creative ideas, we often find abundance where there was hunger and joy where there was deprivation.
LAOS - In early 2009, World Renew played an integral part in developing a nutrition training program to address rates of malnutrition as high as 50% in children throughout Laos. In partnership with other NGOs, we created an ambitious curriculum we called LANN — Linking Agriculture and Natural Resources with Nutrition.
LAOS - World Renew began work in the northeastern province of Xiengkhouang, Laos about 13 years ago, aiming to improve community income and livelihoods in its remote communities.
This year for the first time 10 girls from the Rshi ethnic group project villages in Phia Lor cluster have come to town to study in middle school. Until three years ago no girls in that area had completed primary school but now there are nine who had the determination to come to town to study. The tenth girl is Pher, the younger sister of a World Renew staff member who is from the Rshi ethnic group. Pher completed middle school equivalency in the non-formal education classes that our project supports in her village and is now continuing in upper secondary school in town. She also comes to the office to work as an intern/volunteer after school. World Renew provided these girls with uniforms, school supplies, and money for renting textbooks amounting to about $25 for each student.
“They will die if they are forced to move to the lowlands. Our purpose is to prove that life can be full and healthy for the people of the mountains of Laos.” Over the last decade, Mike Fennema, Country Consultant for World Renew in Laos, and over 40 Lao national staff and seconded staff of various nationalities have faithfully worked to improve land security and the quality of life of the vulnerable people groups in the districts of Phongsaly and Xiangkhouang.
Porlai is 6 years old and studies in year 1 class. Her father's name is Kha and her mother is Xong. They are ethnic Hmong and their village in Laos never had an elementary school until now. Thanks to supporters of World Renew and Tear Australia, and with the support of the government of Laos, we have made it possible for hundreds of young boys and girls like Porlai to experience the gift of education.