Thinkeo Village is located about 40 minutes south of Luang Prabang along the Mekong River. They have a secondary school in addition to a primary school.
We had an unusual request from the Thinkeo village leaders. They were very familiar with Give Children A Choiceâ€™s preschools and their mission to build and fill preschools with children. They knew our preschools were â€œbest in classâ€. They knew that primary school support was not part of our mission.
They were creative. They did not ask for a school. They asked Give Children A Choice for funds for materials to expand their primary school. â€œProvide us the materials and we will build the school.â€ We turned them down. We then visited their overcrowded classrooms and changed our minds. We provided funds for materials and funds to hire a builder. The villagers did the work. The builder did oversee the villagers work to ensure the construction met the minimal constructions codes and standards. They built a three-room extension to their primary school.
Funds for building materials were provided to build three classrooms with the support from Barbara and Dori Shimoda and friends of Give Children A Choice.