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Xaille is a really determined young man and a very hard working student from a Hmong family. The story of his early life is typical of so many of our students.

He was born in the countryside to a farming family with a small rice field. Life was very basic as they had very little money and their home had no electricity or running water.

When Xaille first came to the LEOT School he was lucky enough to have found a place at the local high school in Luang Prabang and lived in his small space in the school dormitory.

Thanks to an older sibling finding a job, his family moved to Luang Prabang to build and live in a small traditional house on the outskirts of town. Their home still has a dirt floor and only limited electric lighting and no running water. Today the family make a very modest living from making and selling knives on a local market. Once a year the men return to their field in the countryside to grow rice that is still their staple food.

Xaille excelled at both High School and at LEOT School. He graduated from both schools with distinction.

Thanks to a LEOT sponsor Xaille has a four year scholarship and is in the second year of his course in civil engineering.

Through the gift of education Xaille’s future looks very bright.