Kayeng's July Trip to Bangkok

It was time for Kayeng's medical checkup at Bumrungrad. Kayeng cannot fly, so Give Children A Choice drove from Vientiane to Bangkok. It was a good trip. 

On July 30, TC traveled from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. Kayeng and Vakoung traveled from Xieng Khouang to Vientiane. Their bus rides were 12-14 hours (normally just 7-8 hours. They both encountered landslides caused by heavy rains. Once we picked them up, we drove a harrowing 80-90 mph to get the Friendship Bridge before it closed at 10 pm. Whew. We arrived at 9:50 in time to go through custom checks in Lao and Thailand.

Films to depict Laotian suffering

Note:  As part of our Voluntour program Give Children A Choice hosted a group of young aspiring journalists from Harvard-Westlake School during Friendship Tours World Travel's Laos Investigative Journalism Adventure. The group spent ten adventurous days in Laos immersing themselves in its culture and people, including recent cluster bomb victims and volunteering at Give Children A Choice's preschools.  

BY LEILY ARZY

April 24, 2013

Published in the Harvard Westlake Chronicle

 

‘He gave me the most heartfelt smile’

Note:  As part of our Voluntour program Give Children A Choice hosted a group of young aspiring journalists from Harvard-Westlake School during Friendship Tours World Travel's Laos Investigative Journalism Adventure. The group spent ten adventurous days in Laos immersing themselves in its culture and people, including recent cluster bomb victims and volunteering at Give Children A Choice's preschools.  Aimee was a part of this group.

 

BY AIMEE MISAKI

April 24, 2013

Published in the Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

‘We could see a lot of pockmarks in the ground – bomb craters’

Note:  As part of our Voluntour program Give Children A Choice hosted a group of young aspiring journalists from Harvard-Westlake School during Friendship Tours World Travel's Laos Investigative Journalism Adventure. The group spent ten adventurous days in Laos immersing themselves in its culture and people, including recent cluster bomb victims and volunteering at Give Children A Choice's preschools.  Marcella was a part of this group.

 

Kayeng Yang Update: Kayeng's Uncles Need Help Too

Written by Dori Shimoda

 

Many of you are following Kayeng’s road from his village in Xieng Khouang, Laos to Bumrungrad in Bangkok and back home.  While our job is not complete with Kayeng, it’s important that his two teenage uncles, Seu and Vaneng are taken care of.  They are 13 and 14 years old.  Their shrapnel-filled bodies need to be addressed.

Kayeng Yang Update: Clearing the Way to Safer Grounds

Written by Dori Shimoda

Give Children A Choice's UXO victim advocacy paid off.  After a few email exchanges with MAG USA and MAG Lao, a visit to MAG Laos office in Vientiane late last year, MAG Lao agreed to help.  

MAG Lao sent their UXO team to the Yang’s half-acre property and found 11 UXO, including four BLU26s.  The BLU26 bombie is the most common UXO of the 80 million, left in Lao by the US over 40 years ago.  It was the bombie that blinded Kayeng.   

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