We are currently working on the following projects.

Ban Lad Hane Secondary School: N20 05.450 E102 07.954

This new secondary school was completed and opened a year ago. The project was sponsored by Wunderman, a global Digital, Data & Direct communications company and will be known as The Lester Wunderman School in honour of Wunderman’s founder. We are currently raising funds to pay for desks for 150 students.

Ban Lad Hane primary & secondary schools
Ban Lad Hane primary & secondary schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current secondary school at Ban Lad Hane 2010
Current secondary school at Ban Lad Hane 2010

The old school is the building on the far right, that was in desperate need of replacement. There were 360 students trying to study in 6 classrooms that are each only 40m2, with dirt floors complete with large black scorpions, bamboo walls and a leaky roof. Lessons are written on their desk tops.

As this is only one of the two secondary schools on a 150km stretch of the river, many of the students come here from neighbouring villages along the river, and board at Ban Lad Hane in crowded dormitries. (Can be seen at top of picture in the middle).

Wunderman Chairman & CEO Daniel Morel discusses construction with our interpreter Xangnoi
Wunderman Chairman & CEO Daniel Morel discusses construction with our interpreter Xangnoi

 As of April 2010, the foundations for the new school have been dug, the footings have been poured and construction has started with the delivery of 40 tonnes of cement, rebar and roofing delivered upstream from Luang Prabang.

Footings for Lester Wunderman School
Footings for Lester Wunderman School

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

    

 

 

Ban Hatteu: N19 55.613 E101 42.216

Partially completed Ban Hatteu school
Partially completed Ban Hatteu school

 

The villagers need plaster, paint, bamboo ceilings,  eaves, shutters & doors to finish this school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ban Kok Phu: N20 04.462 E102 05.041

Ban Kok Phu
Ban Kok Phu

This school was started 2 years ago with a donation from a group of visitors who were shocked at the terrible state the old school was in.

The villagers have done a great job but do not have sufficient funds to finish. The Trust will finance the completion with the purchase of more cement for the floor and dividing walls, paint, shutters, desks and text books.

Marty at half finished school at Ban Kok Phu Still has a dirt floor, no eaves, plaster or dividing walls
Marty at Ban Kok Phu school with dirt floor, no eaves, plaster or dividing walls

 

Laos language text books

One of our largest needs are Laos language, curriculum text books. In nearly all cases not even the teacher has a copy to teach from. The books cost us only about US$3 each, but we need literally hundreds of them. If you’d like to donate specifically for books please let us know.