Working with Baraka Community Partnerships we have been involved in Laotian projects since 2012. Baraka work in the northern province of Luang Prabang where despite growing numbers of tourists and increased Chinese influence, rural communities are still stuck in a poverty trap and have great challenges accessing basic necessities such as healthcare, clean water, sanitation and education. We have been working with Baraka to address the imbalance in a couple of villages.
Biggest achievement to date
Nong Kham School
In 2012 we funded a new school at the village of Nong Kham situated in a remote area on the banks of the Ou river. Exodus clients from our volunteer trip spent a couple of days working alongside the villagers to help speed along the building process and their manual labour certainly helped motivate the villagers if not entertain them. The school funded entirely by Exodus, our clients and Baraka Community Partnerships, is a two-classroom structure with a separate toilet block that will house about 40 children.
Vang Lei Village
In this village, again on the banks of the Ou river, we helped to install a new water system with over 10km of pipes, ensuring all year round clean drinking water for the villages 75 families. The system was funded by Baraka and Exodus and once again our clients got their hands dirty on our volunteer trip in November 2014 to put the finishing touches to the system.
How You Can Help
If you are on one of our Laos trips you can visit the Luang Prabang library in the centre of town and buy some books (approx. $3.00 each) that will be distributed by Baraka’s local partners Community Learning International. Please let them know you are with Exodus.
You can also make a day trip to Vang Lei and check out our work here and meet the villagers, have a village meal and visit the school. Let us know before you travel if you are interested and/or talk to your Tour Leader on the trip.
Any extra funds will make a huge difference to help us reach our next goal of building a new class room for the school at Vang Lei. Any money you donate will be match funded by our charity partner Baraka Community Partnerships, essentially doubling your donation.