Over the years, SKL has helped build new schools for kids in Laos thanks to you, the contributors, and donations from compassionate people all over the world.
Funding for schools built by SKL Inc. comes from individual donations, and diverse initiatives such as garage sales, concerts and annual fundraising dinners. The villages selected for these projects were chosen according to these criteria:
- Prior existence in dilapidated state
- Presence of local full-time teachers
- Responsible governance
- Potential for growth
The following schools were built in various regions and provinces of Laos. The schools are named after those areas.
Completed in December 2008
Our very first school building project was Ban Thachampa primary school which is situated in Saythani district, 46 km northeast of Vientiane. Ban Thachampa, the least developed of all 104 villages in the Saythani district, is a farming community consisting of 90 families who live off their harvests and livestock. In 2007, its existing school was in very poor condition. SKL built a new fully, furnished school with a much improved learning environment for the children.
Non Somboun School
Completed in December 2010
Our second school is located 3 km east of Vientiane in BNS, Pak Ngeum District, Vientiane. It is a poor, but growing village consisting of 94 families, 479 inhabitants who are, for the most part, subsistence farmers. In 2009 when SKL visited to site to determine its eligibility for a new building, they found the existing school structure in a dilapidated condition with a dirt floor, broken bamboo and twisted corrugated metal walls, and broken furniture. The ramshackle structure accommodated 64 school children from grades 1 to 3.
Completed in December 2012
International foundations have noticed what SKL has accomplished in Laos. With the help of the Philanthropic Foundation of Washington D.C., This school was built in Ban Kava in the central part of Laos, Hinboun district, Khammouane province. Not only did it serve a relatively large number of students from neighbouring villages, it also showed potential for future growth. There were 86 students in grades one to five attending the school, with many more expected the following year.
Completed in November 2013
Pakxoun Primary School is located in Pakxoun village, district of Pak Kading, province of Khammouane, approximately 180 km (3 hours drive) southeast of Vientiane. When SKL visited in 2012 to determine eligibility, the existing school housed 34 students from grades 1 to 3. Since it was a relatively new settlement, the village was expanding and school enrollment for September 2012 was expected to increase by 59% (to 54 students).
Viengkham Lower-Secondary School
Completed in December 2015
Viengkham Lower Secondary School is about a 2½ hour drive northwest of Vientiane in Vientiane Province. The school housed 235 students and had 17 teachers on staff. It serves six villages. The student population increases by 25-30 students per year. There were three buildings, two of which were temporary bamboo and wood structures with dirt floors. The students needed an appropriate learning facility and as such, required five new classrooms. They had a well but it was running dry and so the school would benefit from a new deep water supply.
Na Chantai School
Completed in December 2016
SKL scouted three locations and found Ban Na Chantai met required criteria. The village is located in the southern province of Savannakhet, an eight-hour drive south of Vientiane which meant increased costs to build the school. There were 110 students in the school with three teachers. However, authorities agreed to hire at least two more teachers for the new 5-classroom school. The existing building had dirt floors, and huge holes in the walls, exposing students to the elements.
Na Yè School
This project is currently in the fundraising stage and is sponsored by the Wasabi Group.
Na Yè is located in Vanvieng District, Vientiane Province, approximately three-hours north of the capital city. The village, surrounded by organic orange orchards, is expanding rapidly as Highland people are enticed by local government to settle in the low lands. The existing school is in a severe state of dilapidation with dirt floors and tarps separating "classrooms". There is no electricity and no water source. There are 138 students in Grades 1-5.
This is our 8th project that we are funding and building concurrently with the 7th project which is sponsored by the Wasabi Group. After a long, careful search and several site visits, Board representatives selected the village of Kangxé in Savannakhet province (8-hour drive south of Vientiane capital city). A poor community, it is located in one of the most under-served regions in the country. The existing school is in serious disrepair and too small to accommodate all the children in the village.
Map of Schools in Laos
This is a map of all the schools we have built together in Laos.
Click on the top left box to see the list.