Our Aim is to Improve the Health and Education of Lao Children and their Families

Lao-Kids has been successfully operating for 18 years. The founders of Lao-Kids are a long-term Luang Prabang expat resident (Ruth Borthwick) and Laos “frequent visitor” Christine Seabrook. Neither of us is a professional fund raiser and Lao-Kids is not a registered charity. The construction and maintenance of this web site and the administration of donations etc. is all provided on a totally voluntary basis. This means that 100% of all donations go directly to supporting the children.

The Lao government has been concentrating on putting health and educational infrastructure in place. Lao Kids has worked for many years to provide health and educational items to orphanage schools, hospitals and rural village schools. 

As of 2016, Lao Kids made the decision to focus its work on helping to provide text books, reading books and health-related items to children in rural villages of the Luang Prabang Dsitrict. This work is done in conjunction with the Luang Prabang Library, coordinated by the Head Librarian Chantha Souliasack.  Every kip/dollar we receive goes directly to this work - and every donation counts no matter how small the contribution.

Our Principles
The principles that we abide by are:
  • We have no salary or administrative costs - ALL THE MONEY RAISED goes to meeting the needs of children and their families.
  • We always discuss the needs of the children, their families and the village school with Chantha, to find out exactly what their needs are and to prioritize them for funds donation.
  • We never give cash - we always ascertain the needs and then meet those needs.
  • We DO NOT facilitate visiting or volunteer work at any orphanages, schools or hospitals. There is a problem with mutual language and there are issues around the privacy and protection of children.

Our Fund Raising
We raise funds in two main ways:

1. Tamnak Lao Book Exchange in Luang Prabang
The "One for One plus 20,000 kip for the Children" Book Exchange is located at the Luang Prabang District Library. (See How You Can Help for directions to find it.)  However, one of the problems with donations via the Book Exchange is that they are adequate during the high tourist season, but drop to almost nothing during the hot, wet summer months. The number of children we are supporting has steadily increased in the past few years, so we needed a way to make sure that sufficient funds are available whenever they are required.

2. Donations Received via this Web Site
This web site was set up to try and raise international awareness of the plight of Lao children and their families. By doing this, we hope to ensure that continuous funds are available all year long to support our work. The design, construction and maintenance of this web site is completed on a totally voluntary basis. We are determined to ensure that we can continue to raise sufficient funds to ensure an ample and continuous supply of library and text books to children in all villages in the 
Luang Prabang District - no matter how remote the village may be. Through the information in this web site, we hope to encourage you to help us help Lao children and their families.  If you have any questions about donating, please feel free to email us at info@lao-kids.org.








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