A special thanks to Malcolm Sterrett, Executive Director and his Board at The Philanthropic Foundation of Washington for their gift which helped put us over the top in our campaign. TPF has been a long-time supporter of SKL. We appreciate their contributions to children in Laos.
A year ago, Cho Venevongsa, his daughter Claudia, John Loewen and his daughter Lia, and Roger Wilkinson met with SKL to discuss a possible collaboration to help children in Laos. Little did we know how passionately they would embrace our mission to build schools in poor, rural areas of Laos.
In a matter of months - and with a great deal of hard work - they organized a full-scale golf tournament to benefit SKL. Held at Bridges Golf Course in Starbuck, the tournament was an unqualified success which resulted in significant donations to the Na Chantai School project.
We are so very grateful to this amazing group of people who care enough to take on an event like this. to benefit children in Laos. It involved months of planning and organizing, recruiting sponsors and golfers, making sure everything was absolutely perfect for the day! The children of Na Chantai will benefit greatly for years because of your caring. Thank you for your donation and thank you for your friendship.
Construction of SKL's 6th school project is now underway in the village of Ban Na Chantai in the district of Savannakhet in southern Laos. Because of the remote location, SKL's builder, his family, and employees set up living quarters at the job site. Local villagers are participating in various labour intensive stages of the construction, such as foundation digging and back filling.
Thanks to our generous donors, we have reached the 95% mark in our fundraising with $71,000 raised against the goal of $75,000. The five-classroom school will be officially inaugurated in mid-December when SKL representatives and donors travel to Ban Na Chantai.
Taste of Laos 2016 was an outstanding success thanks to SKL supporters! The dinner was sold out which meant, unfortunately, we had to turn away some of our long-time attendees who hoped to be there. We would like to thank our many ticket sellers, especially Chantai Taillefer and Pasith Phommarath for their hard work and great success in inviting guests to the event.
We are grateful to Savanhthong and Amy Thoudsanikone for brewing delicious coffee beans from their plantation in Laos for dinner guests. We also appreciate their donation of the proceeds from the sale of coffee beans that evening. Their presence added a unique aspect to the dinner.
Special thanks to Cho Venevongsa, Roger Wilkinson, John Loewen, and their friends and family members for their presence, enthusiasm and colourful presentation of the upcoming Wasabi Charity Golf Tournament.
Words cannot express our gratitude to the kitchen volunteers. They are generous with their time and effort, and their culinary talents bring our supporters back year after year, hungry for more of the delectable Lao cuisine. Kudos to our colourful volunteer servers with their traditional silk outfits who worked tirelessly throughout the evening making sure nobody left hungry!
Thank you for returning year after year to support SKL's Taste of Laos event. The net proceeds of the dinner always go to the construction of a school in Laos, this year, in Ban Na Chantai. You make it all possible. You inspire and encourage us.
Photos from the fundraiser event can be found in the Photo Gallery.
Below are videos that were presented at the event:
SKL Inc. is pleased to confirm our 6th school construction project in Laos.
Na Chantai Primary School in Savannakhet Province, located 8 hours drive south of Vientiane, will be the next recipient of our donors’ generosity.
The existing building is structurally compromised and lacks seating capacity to accommodate the anticipated increase in the student population. SKL Inc. will replace the existing school facility with a fully furnished five-classroom building.
SKL is pleased to announce an $18,000 (US) donation from a very generous group of supporters based in Singapore. The gift is directed to the new school which will be built in Ban Na Chantai, Laos. This is the largest donation ever received by School for Kids in Laos. The group, led by Madame Hoe Puay Choo, also supported the newly opened school in Viengkham with a significant financial donation as well as school supplies and sports equipment.
On December 18, SKL representatives officially opened the new school building for Viengkham Lower Secondary School. A large number of donors from all over the world - Britain, USA, Singapore, Laos and four provinces in Canada - joined in the festivities. a special gift of school supplies, text books and sports equipment was provided by the Yap Family and friends from Singapore and Mr. Richard van den stant from Beijing.
The District Department of Education representative and school officials expressed their gratitude for SKL's contribution and support of their students. We thank all of our generous donors who made this new school possible. You are making a difference in the lives of these children.