By Khonesavanh Latsaphao
March 1, 2013
Good Neighbors International yesterday offered over US$1.5 million for a community-based education project to improve the education system and communities’ livelihoods in the provinces of Vientiane and Xieng Khuang.
The Ministry of Education and Sports signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Good Neighbors in Vientiane on Thursday to launch the project, which will take place over a period of three years from 2013 to 2015.
A representative of Good Neighbors International, Ms Sungwon Moon, said the project would emphasise integrated community-based education and water supply support. The initiative will also provide non-food items to the poorest and most vulnerable children and families.
“This is truly an honorable opportunity for us as we want more and more children to be able to receive better quality education services through our projects,” she said.
Through this project, Good Neighbors will provide children with learning opportunities and support them in continuing their studies in a safe educational environment.
The scheme will adopt a strategy that increases the inclusive participation of local communities and children to enhance the ownership and effectiveness of their schools.
Good Neighbors is an international NGO based in the Republic of Korea, whose aims and principles are based on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.
Director of the Vientiane provincial Education and Sports Department, Ms Chanpheng Viphavanh, said that in the past these provinces have received other forms of support from Good Neighbors such as mosquito nets, shoes, pajamas, and clothing for children and women worth almost US$250,000.
These were given to over 7,300 students at 32 schools in Vientiane and Xieng Khuang provinces.
The second goal of the organisation is to achieve universal primary education. The NGO is working in 29 countries to help more than 100,000 children worldwide.
Good Neighbors is an international, humanitarian and development organisation in general consultation status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). It strives to improve lives, especially children’s lives, through the provision of education, food, shelter, community development, medical care, advocacy, and emergency relief.
Committed to solving the problems of underprivileged and marginalised people by helping them build their own futures free of poverty and discrimination, it mobilises, manages, and uses local resources to maximise effective and efficient work.
In 2010, the organisation mobilised US$59.4 million across Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Good Neighbors began implementing development projects in the education and community development sectors in Laos in 2012. After the approval of its operation permit, it proudly became a cooperating partner of the Ministry of Education and Sports.