Thank you American School of Vientiane Alumni, Family and Friends, the Australian Embassy and A Hopeful Encounter. Thank you Luxottica Tristar for the children’s clothes and school supplies donation. The school is complete. Inspection complete. Flag’s up. Classes are in session. Villagers worked hard to make this school a reality. They have a new school for their children’s future. The handover is scheduled for October 1st.
On September 14, 2015 Give Children A Choice hosted a large group from Luxottica Tristar (Dongguan) Optical Co., Ltd. Approximately 90 leaders from Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China and Italy, spent part of their day with students at Chomphet Lower Secondary School.
The group gathered in the auditorium (old chapel building) at the school before breaking into teams to spend time with the students.
The smaller groups did some team building exercises with the students to promote awareness of and educate them about issues that face all young people; drugs, alcohol, the importance of education, keeping the environment clean and the importance of family and community. The teams worked together to create posters about these issues. It was fascinating watching the spirited and serious discussions on these topics considering the language barriers, the engagement within the groups was energetic.
Luxottica generously donated 16,200,000 LAK ($2,000.00) to Give Children A Choice to make improvements to the building that was placed on the school grounds last year. Click here to see our previous project at the school.
The group saved the best for last. Huge donations of clothing; including coats, jackets, pants, shoes, sandals, underwear plus school supplies were generously donated to the Chomphet students plus our other young students in Xieng Khouang Province.
Recently returned from Nonghed, Xieng Khouang after a short visit to the Phawai Preschool/Primary School construction site. Both school buildings are close to done. Exterior eaves for both still to be completed. Some final stuccoing and painting remains on Building 2. Water into the school bathrooms is now connected and running in Building 1. Electricity and fixtures installed. Flagpole is up. Teacher’s desks and cabinets delivered. (Villages volunteered to provide desks.) Completion expected mid-month. Handover expected in early October. Yippee!!!
School is back in session and that means the Global Heartfelt Hatters group is resuming their weekly get-togethers in Vientiane. It was wonderful to see everyone after summer vacation and many came bearing beautiful gifts they made over the summer. Many of our loyal group members talked up a storm on their summer vacations and inspired many new supporters who are knitting and crocheting children’s hats and scarves as well as donating children’s clothing. We are so thankful for all of you!
Not in Vientiane? No problem. We have a loyal following that reaches all over the world and want you to be a part of it. For more information please visit and join our Global Heartfelt Hatters group on Facebook by clicking here. Please share the link with your friends and family and inspire them to help us keep the children warm this winter.
Photos from the event today:
Scenes from our 1st mission to supply the Luang Prabang Orphanage with a years supply of soap. It was a small group of about 100 children , big and small, but very attentive and resolute and very happy to have soap in their lives… Especially the teenagers!
Soap presentation involved explaining the five most critical times to wash one hands, having the children participate in the handwashing demonstrations (as medical surgeons would do before entering the operation room). Natural soap is handmade is produced by Amatta Saboo. Give Children A Choice’s social venture Amatta Saboo is producing and delivering a year’s supply to 510 children at the Luang Prabang Orphanage.
Still looking for donations to produce over 6,000 bars. Help the Luang Prabang Orphanage children and donate at www.givechildrenachoice.org.
Building 1 with three classrooms and bathrooms is close to completion. Just need to connect the water to the bathrooms. Building 2 with three classrooms is proceeding well. Rainy weather is a challenge. Provincial and District Education and Sports Department inspected the school on July 28th. Excellent marks.
Below are photos for both Building 1 and 2