Thanks to all our generous supporters and volunteers, we have been proud to be involved with these projects.
Here’s a selection among many others.
Books for Education
In Laos, teachers struggle with many issues including large class sizes, broken blackboards, falling down ceilings, but most of all, no books and pens.
With generous support, we have been able to produce over $16,500 worth of textbooks for 11 primary and secondary schools in the Luang Prabang Province in the 2015 & 2016 school year. This has been further supported by a donation of $2500 from the Belmont Rotary Club.
Teaching on the Mekong
We have conducted a number of Professional Learning Programs “Drawing to Learn” for local primary and early childhood teachers. Some of these included workshops, in Luang Prabang, Nan and Non Kiew which focused on Family and Sustainability. In total 80 teachers and CLI staff attended these workshops. They learnt a number of new skills and strategies to apply to their classrooms thanks to Curtin University Lecturers Leith Hogan and Dr Rachel Sheffield.
Bikes break poverty cycle
In remote villages where schools are scarce, many kids walk on average 4 hours a day to attend school, some as long as 8 hours. With a bike the children can ride the 10-15 km to get to their local Secondary School. Currently only 50% of students attend Secondary School, although the number at Primary School (usually in their village) is closer to 85%. We have sponsored 50 bikes so far (including 7 at Sister Catherine's) but with you help we can sponsor many many more.
Leavers delivering text books to many
rural school across Laos
Teachers and Staff ready
to implement their new skills
Bikes not only make travelling to school easier
and quicker, but makes it possible to go to school
Schools & Building
Another dormitory completed
complete with bed fitouts and toilets
The Learning Centre at Pax Ou
– a hub where the community unites
A Safe place to realise their dreams
Many young girls (9-16) live at remote schools in small decrepit and makeshift bamboo huts and in fear of being raped or abducted across the border to work in the sex trade in Thailand. With home being a minimum of 20kms away, it is too far to walk to school daily. The alternative is that they do not go to school at all. We have raised funds and completed the building of 3 dorms in Muang Kai, Phou Luang and Xien Mok. These house 240 beds fully equipped with bed fit outs as well as toilets and washing facilities for over 600 students at the school. This ensures a safe and secure place for the girls to live whilst they get an education for a better future.
Community Hubs for families
We have built a number of Community Learning Centres and Libraries in remote regions of Laos.
In Pax Ou and Chomphet, many books, furniture and playgrounds have been set up to help working families. These centres provide Kindergarten facilities and serve the Communities to educate and inform educational and community matters.
Training boys to service and repair bikes at the new bike and carpentry shed
Building a Sustainable Future
Completion of the bike and carpentry shed at the Disabled Childrens School for Deaf and Mute in Luang Prabang has been finalised. The Shed has been designed to repair and service bicycles that are being donated through our Bike Program. 100 bikes were purchased to enable children in remote villages to attend secondary school up to 20 km away. Deaf Mute children learned bike repairs as well as carpentry skills to drive future employment opportunities for boys. Another project taught girls commercial cooking, hospitality, hair and beauty skills at Sister Catherine’s Trade school to reduce the risk of the girls crossing the border into Thailand for a life on the streets.
Healthcare: sight and hearing
Deaf and Mute Orphanage:
Hearing for the first time
At the Disabled Deaf Mute school, many children live full-time having been dropped at the door as babies. Children are not tested for hearing defects at birth as they are here, so we tested all 44 children.15 were fitted with hearing aids from Siemens - the manufacturers by Balance and Hearing Centre in Melbourne and for the first time they were able to hear the world. Their reactions were priceless as unexpected sounds reverberated in their ears.
We are committed to sustaining their hearing with an audiologist travelling to Laos to monitor their progress and to ensure their hearing aids are maintained and batteries provided.
Hearing for the first time with hearing aids
breathes life into communicating
Mobile Eye care Camps:
SEEing a way out of poverty
Our Mobile Eye care camps have tested the eyesight of over 5213 children and adults. The Optometry team which included volunteers from private optometrists and staff and students from Melbourne University traveled across many villages in Laos and Sri Lanka. We have provided over 4000 free pairs of glasses to needy people in remote areas. The potential of this support is endless. The women can now weave their fabric, embroider their garments, and sort out the rice grains. The men can continue with their farming, fishing and perform tasks requiring adequate eyesight. Children can continue with their study and learning, without stumbling blocks and maximising their full potential in the community.
Our amazing volunteers testing and
Medical Visits and Funding
Making LIVES easier
We have been able to treat children with eye deformities at the Luang Prabang Hospital, thanks to our generous supporters who donated to the Global Hand Charity Medical Fund. Our fund pays for eye surgery, medication and the family’s travel to and from the hospital.
Our funding has also helped a 3 year old girl from Nong Khaiw Village to travel to Vientiane for a medical review by the Interplast team from Australia to treat her neck tumour.
Child being treated for eye deformities
at Luang Prabang hospital
New clean water invention that
can be installed anywhere
Tippy Tap saves Lives
Sally Piper, an English lady residing in France is passionate about sanitation and developed a new water tap for schools, called the Tippy Tap, which can be installed in any school or house.
The tap can easily be installed near toilets, where there is a water source, to encourage the community to wash their hands. The tap automatically shuts off when not in use, which reduces water-borne diseases and water wastage. The Tippy Tap is cheap, efficient and saves lives.
Teenage girls with the “Welcome Teenager” bag at Meung Khay Girl’s dormitory
Girls Hygiene Project:
Laos Girl Power
We support “Girl Power” in Laotian Schools today. To have strong, healthy women working towards their country’s development tomorrow, a Girls’ Hygiene project was implemented in partnership with Eau Laos Solidarité.
The workshop in Meung Khay reached 100 teenage girls (aged 10-14) in rural schools where knowledge about puberty development is limited. Four trained educators and a female Laotian coordinator used pedagogical tools, drama and discussion to cover topics related to puberty/bodily changes, coping strategies at school, and key practices for menstrual hygiene management (MHM).
North Beach Primary packs 100 hygiene bags
for the families at Hoikor School
Hoikor is poor village on the Mekong River north of Luang Prabang which can only be accessed by boat. In addition to all the continued support they have given, the teachers and students at North Beach Primary decided that the students should all have a Christmas gift so they created over 100 sanitation bags.
The bags contained hygiene essentials such as soap, toothpaste and many other useful items which brought lots of smiles to the children
Leavers hard at work building Playground and Schools
Leavers’ Program:a life Changing Experience
Our Leavers’ Program is collaborative partnership between Global Hand Charity and the Mill Point and Belmont Rotary clubs. Local students or school leavers, visit Laos to see how poor people live, donate goods and work on Global Hand Charity projects. Over the years, students have taken more than 110 kg of donated clothes, celebrated Christmas with gifts for the Deaf & Mute kids and helped to build playgrounds and schools. It’s a life-changing experience for all involved.
Young girls showing off their smart, new uniforms
The wonderful ladies at Christchurch Grammar School and Methodist Ladies College donated 150 kg of second hand clothes to the children in Laos schools. We were able to provide clothing to several villages including Hoiyen.
We had enough to provide dresses and shirts for all the children in 4 classes. The kids and teachers were delighted with their new clothes and paraded around proudly
Having fun at the Melbourne Fundraising dinner
GIVE SO THEY MAY GROW
Our dedicated supporters have worked tirelessly to organise a variety of fundraisers to raise desperately-needed funds for people in Laos. Here are some of the amazing results:
Fundraising Dinners – over $60,000 raised to support deaf children with hear & our Community Nursing Program and medical equipment.
Movie Fundraiser – The opening night of the Laos movie 'The Rocket' raised money to purchase eight new bikes for needy children in Laos.
Art Exhibition – Central Institute of Art student, Jodie Mortadza, delivered a mixed-media art exhibition, a Laotian night market, live music and refreshments. Funds contributed to new dormitories and education programs in Laos