Laos

A CRS staffer with a young project beneficiary in Lao PDR. CRS gave her a wheelchair and crutches so she can go to school and move around her community. Photo by CRS staff

A CRS staffer with a young project beneficiary in Lao PDR. CRS gave her a wheelchair and crutches so she can go to school and move around her community. Photo by CRS staff

Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) is a small, landlocked country of almost seven million people. The country is one of the poorest in Southeast Asia, without adequate education, health services and infrastructure to support the development of its people. Catholic Relief Services works with the government to make sure that children with disabilities have support and access to basic education.

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Stats

Population:6,695,166 (July 2013 est.)
Size:91,430 sq mi; slightly larger than Utah
People Served:22,023 (2013 est.)

History

CRS Vietnam began outreach education programming in Lao PDR in 1994 in Bokeo and Vientiane Provinces, implemented by the Ministry of Education and district education departments. In 2003, CRS, supported by the Ministry of Education, began the project "Strengthening Community and School Support for Children with Disabilities" in Lao PDR.

Partners

Ministry of Education
National Rehabilitation Center (NRC)
Mines Advisory Group

Programs

Education
Health


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