Despite recent economic development, over a quarter of the population of Laos lives in poverty and nearly three quarters of its people suffer daily hardship. Half of under fives are malnourished and many rural villages do not have safe drinking water, healthcare or adequate schooling. Most rural families still make their living from subsistence farming and fishing.
LEOT started its work nearly ten years ago providing scholarships for students from these families. We continue to help students that are sixteen and over as there is simply no other NGO helping them.
The people of Laos come from many ethnic groups and are gentle and warm hearted. Most are Buddhists with strong family ties where even though they have very little themselves they share what they have with the temple and their extended families.
Today LEOT’s work is moving into the wider community helping improve the conditions in rural schools. We also plan to help youngsters that have little education through vocational training projects.