Chomphet Lower Secondary School

Chomphet Lower Secondary School was built in 1931 by Catholic nuns.  It is located in Sisatthanak District near Chinaimo, 6 to 7 kilometers from the Vientiane Capital center.  It has since been handed over to the Lao government.  It became Vientiane’s first public school.  Since it’s handover, it evolved to become a lower secondary school.  Lower secondary school comprises grades 6, 7 and 8.

Namyen Preschool Handover!

Give Children A Choice finally handed over the Ban Namyen preschool in Mok District in Xieng Khouang Province, northern Laos. Our first three futile attempts were halted due to unpassable roads. Heavy rains caused landslides on the roads with some roads just impossible for regular SUVs to drive on. This time, we left at the beginning of the dry season, the roads were still difficult but were passable. One 60 kilometer stretch took over three hours to navigate due to the severe damage caused by the unusually punishing rainy season.

Give the Gift of Reading

Books are a precious commodity for children in Laos, especially in the remote areas where Give Children A Choice builds preschools. Books boost a child's learning potential, they stimulate imagination and play, they provoke curiosity and discussion, they provide inspiration, thought and reflection, they are extremely important for literacy skills and language development. Books = KNOWLEDGE.

Kayeng Feels Bangkok

We took a break between appointments. We took a quick trip around Bangkok. We started with a short Courtyard golf cart ride to the BTS Skytrain at Rachadamri. Three stops away was National Stadium, where we picked up a tuk tuk ride to Khaosan. Thongchanh and Vakoung bought bathing suits (to go swimming in the hotel pool). Barbara bought silver findings. (Khaosan is a big wholesale 92.5 silver jewelry shopping area and backpackers meeting place.) We walked down Khaosan Road to the end, then through the temple grounds, through a narrow shopping street to the Chao Phrya River.

New Phonexay Preschool MOU Signed

Give Children A Choice's Thongchanh signed an MOU (Memoradum of Understanding) to build a preschool at Phonexay Village, Khoun District Xieng Khouang Province, Lao PDR.

This is Give Children A Choice's 10th preschool in Xieng Khouang Province and 31st preschool in Lao. 

The preschool is being funded by long-time Give Children A Choice supporters Denise and Michael McCarthy. 

The Phonexay preschool will support children from four villages, located around the school grounds. The village has been waiting years for a preschool. 

Invited Guest Kayeng to the Bangkok Marriott Courtyard

The Bangkok Marriott Courtyard learned about Kayeng's situation from Give Children A Choice. They offered an open invitation for Kayeng to stay at the Courtyard, as a humanitarian gesture of goodwill ... anytime.