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.
Thank you True Life Alliance Church of Hickory, North Carolina! A special thanks to PaNou Xiong and her small group at the church for having a flip-flop drive for the children in Phawai Village. The flip-flops will soon be on their way to the children in Laos!
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 progress photos for our two building, 6-room preschool/primary school in Phawai Village from June 2015. Progress has been steady and we are on target for completion at the end of September 2015. Two representatives of the Australian Embassy, Mr. Sam Upritchard, First Secretary and Consul and Mr. Alouny Touliavue, Assistant to SPO, met us in Phonsavan and traveled to inspect on the progress of the Phawai School with us.
In late June we traveled to Khao Yai, Thailand to visit the Makut Kiriwan School for the Blind to pick up Kayeng and take him to Bangkok for a check-up at Bumrungrad Hospital. With us was Cassie Chandonnet, who was visiting from the US and volunteering with Give Children A Choice. Cassie spent a couple weeks volunteering at the School as well.
Kayeng has been at the Makut Kiriwan School for the Blind for almost 18 months now, he is doing very well. He is more outgoing and friendly, very polite, and most of all well-adjusted and happy.
Kayeng’s check-up went well and we all were happy to see Dr. Nattawut again.
A small group from California’s Chapman University came to learn more about the long lasting impact of UXO in Laos, The group visited several of our preschools, UXO survivor Mr. Yae Lee, visited Kayeng’s family in Ban Thong, had a briefing by UXO Laos and witnessed a detonation and interviewed Dori and Barbara Shimoda.