Laos is a landlocked, developing country in the heart of South East Asia. It is bordered by Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma and China. The country has a relatively small population of 6.5 million made up of several ethnic minority groups. Laos is also the most heavily bombed country in the world. To this day, rural and remote villages are living with the fallout of the 1960′s Vietnam War.
Though not wealthy economically, Laos is abundantly rich in culture and traditions. Its people are very friendly and hospitable. But the population is relatively young and this puts a heavy burden on schooling. Because resources are limited, most schools are poorly constructed - usually of bamboo and thatch which deteriorates fairly quickly. Students often endure the rigours of the rainy season with barely a roof over their heads - not the most encouraging environment for learning!
SKL exists to provide safe, comfortable schools for children in poor rural areas of Laos. Low levels of literacy, and education in general, can impede the economic development of a country in our current, rapidly changing, technology-driven world.
Your donations will help us make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of Lao children and in the future of their country.