The state orphanage in Luang Prabang currently accommodates 600 children between the ages of 11 and 17 who are cared for by only a few adults. The big children help to look after the little ones and everyone goes to school there. Behind the houses they cultivate fields and plant vegetables, which they sell to the school kitchen.

Thanks to wonderful support from friends from Malaysia, we have now established anaquaponic farm in the orphanage of Luang Prabang, which the children can later maintain themselves. Not only will they always have seasonal vegetables, but they will also breed fish that they can sell or eat themselves.

In Laos, the association has been working closely with the organisation “Lotus for Laos” by Franzisca Gartenmann since 2017 (www. lotusforlaos. org), which has been running a scholarship programm for orphans in the Luang Prabang area since 2014.

2. 5 hours north of Luang Prabang lies the orphanage of Nambak, which accommodates about 600 children. Here we could personally experience how our project manager Andrew Brown told the students of the final year about the possibility of a scholarship for the university. There was a spell of silence in the classroom and everyone wanted to apply directly during the break. A few young people could speak English and translated our many questions.

After crossing the Mekong and about two hours by car we arrived at a village, which until recently could hardly be reached. Lack of infrastructure is a big issue in Laos and during the rainy season countless places are completely cut off.

We learned that about 200 children live here together with 400 adults, that there is a lack of food and medicine and that the public primary school can only be reached by walking for hours. An organized school bus would significantly change the perspective of these bright children. We are therefore planning a new project in cooperation with Andrew Brown to provide these children with a school education, better nutrition and adequate medical care.