Xieng Khouang Province is located in the north-east part of the country, it shares an international border with Vietnam to the east and is one of seventeen provinces in Laos. Xieng Khouang has a largely mountainous topography and is home to the highest peak in the country, Phou Bia. The famous Plain of Jars is also located in Xieng Khouang Province. The province is one of the main maize producing areas of Laos.
Xieng Khouang was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War era. Laos is the most bombed country per capita in the world and the aftermath of the 1960s and 1970s has left a deadly legacy of unexploded ordinance (UXO) which is still being cleared today.
We made our first trip to Xieng Khouang Province in 2008 and built our first school shortly after that visit. We are continuing to build in different districts of the Province today.