Nonghet District Laos

About the community

Nonghet is a remote area surrounded by mountains in the northeast of Laos, close to the border with Vietnam.

About 65% of the population in Nonghet are Hmong people, who are one of the most disadvantaged ethnic groups in Laos.

Laos is the most heavily bombed country, per capita, in history. Unexploded ordnance around Nonghet has left the community in fear and it is difficult to farm and build in new areas.

 

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Meet the community

Meet the community

“If there were no bombs I would be very happy. When my father is farming I would not be worried, and we would not be afraid when we walk around.” Ming Yu

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“I have a big dream that I would like to go on to further education at university, where I could major in my favourite subject – Lao language. I would like to teach Lao language so I can bring all my knowledge and experience and transfer it to the children in my community.” Meethor, 12

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“The position I have in my family has changed. It’s not like before when all I did was housework and help my husband. I didn’t have much power in my family to make financial decisions. But now I do.” Mai

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What projects are we currently working on?

Water and sanitation

Water and sanitation

We’ve been installing toilets and water tanks around Nonghet, so that families can have access to clean water and sanitation.

Education

Education

We have provided education to new mothers on nutrition, to prevent and treat the causes of malnutrition in babies.

Child protection

Child protection

We’re helping to clear land from unexploded ordnance. Since 2010 ChildFund has helped clear 50,000 square metres of land from mines dropped during the Vietnam war.

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