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Scholarships for a better future

Project background

Our ongoing project “Scholarships for a better future” was initiated in 2014 and currently enables around 72 students to go to the local university in Luang Prabang, Laos. The idea for our project came after meeting Andrew Brown and understanding his project ‘Support Lao Children’. These Laotian children were faced with a stark decision after school: either they go back to their village, work on the rice fields and live a life under the poverty line or, with the help of a scholarship, attend the local university and attend a 2-4 year degree, get a job and live a self-determined life. That’s why we set up ‘Scholarships for a better future’.  

Scholarships for a better future

Project background

Our ongoing project “Scholarships for a better future” was initiated in 2014 and currently enables around 36 students to go to the local university in Luang Prabang, Laos. The idea for our project came after meeting Andrew Brown and understanding his project ‘Support Lao Children’. These Laotian children were faced with a stark decision after school: either they go back to their village, work on the rice fields and live a life under the poverty line or, with the help of a scholarship, attend the local university and attend a 2-4 year degree, get a job and live a self-determined life. That’s why we set up ‘Scholarships for a better future’.  

You can support our ongoing project now

You can support our ongoing project now

Our impact

“When we visited the orphanage in Luang Prabang we talked to a lot of students about their future and their dreams. One story especially touched us and it was the one of this student, who is studying to become a primary teacher. He told us that once he graduated he would return to his tiny village and teach there. For us that is what sustainability is all about.“ – Lara Twerenbold

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2014

15 students enrolled

1 dropout.

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2015

18 students enrolled

1 dropout.

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2016

23 students enrolled

3 graduated.

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2017

37 students enrolled

3 graduated.

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2018

78 students enrolled

17 graduates.

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2019

80 students enrolled

“We met Khoasone on our very first trip to Luang Prabang in 2011. Since then I have met him on every other visit along the way and we became somewhat like friends. From the beginning he stood out due to his incredible painting talent and his at that time already impressive English skills. Currently he is in his third year of his English studies and has one more year to go before he graduates. On my last visit in February 2017 I met up with him on the local night market where he was selling his painting and making quite the pocket money. Together we sat there for more than two hours, talking about the past and the future. Khoasone originally comes from a tiny village five hours from Luang Prabang. His parents died a long time ago, as did his younger sister when she was two years old. He has no other relatives left. His biggest dream is to open up a gallery in Luang Prabang with his close friend Semsong, selling their paintings in order to help other kids in similar situations.” – Franzisca Gartenmann

Support us

Your support will empower young Laotians to a self-determined life through our program “Scholarships for a better future”. You can support us by donating what you can, or by donating the 670 USD or multiples to finance a full scholarship for a year. Thank you for your support! Donations to our organisation are tax deductible. Please contact us for a donation receipt If you have other resources (time, knowledge, connections, ideas, etc.) that you want to offer, please contact us directly.

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One scholarship costs just 670 USD annually, which includes university fees, two meals a day and residence.

Why donate?

  • 100% of the donated money will be invested in the projects.
  • We deeply care about equality, half of the supported students are male.
  • We work closely with the local organization “Support Lao Children”, which enables a better understanding of the situation.
  • Through close project supervision it is ensured that the resources are spent reasonably
  • Sustainability is the base of every financial decision we make.

Our Inspiration

‘Support Lao Children’ – Set up by Andrew Brown

Biography
Andrew Brown is Australian and has been living in Luang Prabang since 2007. He supports over 4000 children in three orphanages and 11 villages. To quote him directly: “I first moved to Luang Prabang in 2007 to build my hotel, Lotus Villa. The Luang Prabang Orphanage was my first humanitarian project in Laos and on my initial visits in 2008, I saw 390 children with nothing more than 2 meals per day of vegetable soup, no clean water and terrible living conditions. I was deeply moved to see these beautiful children in such poor conditions. I placed a small information plaque in the reception of Lotus Villa, which helped raise enough funds to support a basic food program of bread and milk for 2 breakfasts per week. Over time, I met many kind hearted people who helped me transform the conditions at the orphanage.”
Orphanages
The three orphanages: 1. Luang Prabang: 500 children (2017: 60 high school graduates) 2. Suan Luang: 600 children (2017: 76 high school graduates) 3. Numbuk: 600 children (2017: 60 high school graduates)
Support
Supporting three orphanages through: – Food program (4’000 eggs/ orphanage/ week) + meat, milk – Infrastructure (e.g. new dorms 40’000 USD for 34 m in length) – Scholarship program (190 students in total 2016/2017) Supporting 11 villages through: – Clean Water (1’000 USD/ km) – 5’000 boiled eggs and milk every two weeks/ village – Medical help (2’000 USD for 250 children incl. transport) – Books, pencils, materials in general for school – Infrastructure (Kindergarten for 25 children with 10’000 USD)
Impact
From the annual report by Andrew Brown: “In 2015, we were able, 145 children over full-time scholarships and 73 children through part-time scholarships. We now have 55 children graduating from the orphanage in Luang Prabang and 79 graduates from our school in Suan Luang. For the first time, we will have graduates of the twelfth class in our school in Numbuk.

Become a member and partake in our annual assembly.

Become a member and partake in our annual assembly.

Updates

Review 2017 and Objectives 2018

REVIEW 2017 AND OBJECTIVES 2018 2017 Review Every year is unique and so was this one for Lotus for Laos. In March Franzisca Gartenmann traveled to Laos and visited the three orphanages Lotus for Laos currently supports. We are proud to report that in the summer three...

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Travel Report March 2017

Travel Report March 2017  Luang Prabang, Laos in March 2017 Travel report by Franzisca Gartenmann After a two-hour flight from Bangkok, my mother Annika Gartenmann and I landed on the small, but fine airport of Luang Prabang on the twelfth of March and firstly had to...

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Review 2016 and Objectives 2017

LOTUS FOR LAOS 2016 The new year is already knocking on the door and “Lotus for Laos” looks back on an eventful 2016. We have achieved a great deal, but we have learned even more. We are grateful for the generous support and trust we have received. In the following...

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