July - November 2017
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LAOS, DONG NA KHAM
Dong Na Kham village in southern Laos is a 100-year-old village with 1,032 residents and 384 families. The vast majority of this population depends on subsistence agriculture for their survival and, as a result, can afford little time for much else. Because of this, many rural and remote areas in Laos, including Dong Na Kham, have trouble accessing a quality education.
The current Dong Na Kham Primary School was built in 1994 and almost half of the classrooms are no longer useable due to structural collapse risks. The village’s new school, being built by the Acronis Foundation and Child’s Dream, will emphasize the importance of education to the community and provide an incentive for the children to complete their primary-school education. The new standardized school building will feature five fully-furnished classrooms and four new toilets to help improve the sanitation standards at the school and prevent hygiene-related illnesses, a measure that will help reduce dropout rates.
Construction Period: Nov 2018 - Aug 2019
New building, five furnished classrooms, toilets
The villagers of Dong Na Kham have agreed to contribute to this project by overseeing and monitoring the progress of the construction to ensure our high-quality standards are being met, and by providing electricity, manual labor, and water for construction. The school and the community will be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the new building. A trusted local contractor will be selected to coordinate all phases of construction and to purchase materials locally. Full involvement of the community is the key factor to ensure the sustainability of the project.