Nong Khiaw Education Compound and Katang Xieng Village

Our most recent trip was to deliver furniture to the Education Compound located about 3 hours from Luang Prabang.  This room is used to teach the teachers from all of the small villages in the district and to hold various other meetings.  They had chairs – but no desks, plus it got so hot in the summer, a lot of teachers wouldn’t show up because the air was hot and stale.  We provided a low cost sound system, fans, a podium and desks.

It was hard to believe that there were 30 tables and a podium on that truck.

It was hard to believe that there were 30 tables and a podium on that truck.

We had lots of help!  Cool!

We had lots of help! Cool!

Just about done

Just about done

Looks great doesn't it?

Looks great doesn’t it?

Fans are mounted and working, sound system is running and desks are in order

Fans are mounted and working, sound system is running and desks are in order

Madame Bountom (Director of Education) and Mr. KhamPhou (assistant director)

Madame Bountom (Director of Education) and Mr. KhamPhou (assistant director)

With sincere thanks to our sponsors!

With sincere thanks to our sponsors!

Presentation of Certificates to our top sponsors for this project.

Acceptance of Certificates on behalf of our top sponsors for this project.

We revisted the poorest village we have seen yet and installed our first solar panel to give them hope.  While we were working away, Mike took some great pictures and kept the kids occupied.

We revisted the poorest village we have seen yet and installed our first solar panel to give them hope. While we were working away, Mike took some great pictures and kept the kids occupied.

Yep - thes are rats, purchased by a guy who came up with a box of ice cream cones to try to sell to the villagers.  We bought one for each!

Yep – thes are rats, purchased by a guy who came up with a box of ice cream cones to try to sell to the villagers. We bought one for each!

A nice big chunky rat - no thank you...

A nice big chunky rat – no thank you…

The travelling salesman had just enough ice cream for the whole village but not the hosts!

The travelling salesman had just enough ice cream for the whole village but not the hosts!

That's a way Inever thought of to keep the kids busy!

That’s a way Inever thought of to keep the kids busy!

Not exactly our idea of a toy but it works.

Not exactly our idea of a toy but it works.

Shaking the rice to remove the loose chaff

Shaking the rice to remove the loose chaff

Faces

A Whole Lot of  Faces!  We were a bit concerned with Mike because head lice runs rampant there.

A Whole Lot of Faces! We were a bit concerned with Mike because head lice runs rampant there.

You can get an idea of the lackof hygiene in the village - notice that one of the fingers has been partially amputated

You can get an idea of the lackof hygiene in the village – notice that one of the fingers has been partially amputated

This was our last Lao Lao together before Linda and Hugh headed off to snowier pastures.

This was our last Lao Lao together before Linda and Hugh headed off to snowier pastures.

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