Helping Damaged Children Achieve Complete Lives
COPE (www.copelaos.org) provides artificial limbs and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in Laos. These services can be for unexploded ordinance (UXO) victims, babies needing club feet straightened, accident victims or elderly people having difficulty with their mobility.
COPE has a well trained team located at the Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital with trained technicians to make the limbs and trained staff who oversee physical therapy sessions. They also have assessment staff who evaluate patients at the hospital and travel anywhere in the north to evaluate patients COPE may be able to help.
COPE manages on very little income. Patients receive free accommodation at the Luang Prabang hospital and receive 12,000 kip (US$1.50) for food every day. However, as patients are mostly poor villagers, there is often not enough money to pay for hospital bills or any other items they might need in the time they are away from their villages receiving treatment.
The team at the Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital with three patients Aceh, Nyung and Somche
Making Nyung’s new foot and leg. Great service!.
has committed to pay the hospital bills and provide extra funding for
patients where required.
We provide mattresses, pillows and blankets for the patient (and parent / carer if the patient is a child) for their stay in Luang Prabang.
We also provide transport for young patients to
attend My Library
so they can continue to learn and develop new skills, borrow books and
relieve boredom. This also gives them confidence in learning to live
with their disability by mixing with other young people.
Lao-kids has also committed to help with the various expenses for young people who wish to learn a skill or go on to become teachers, as they can no longer work in the fields. These include accommodation and living expenses, plus school requirements.