Laos & Wrap Up A Child. Carl
R Dyson, October 2011
On the 7th October 2011, having completed a water project with our club RCES, Joy
and I crossed the border from Thailand into Laos at the small southern town of Chong
Mek. As this is nearing the end of the rainy season we are greeted with mud, red
Khmer mud, everywhere. The rice crops are almost ready for harvesting and there is
a bustling atmosphere as people ready themselves for the oncoming Buddha festival,
We are here on behalf of RCES to do a survey on Joys school to see if we can do anything
to help them and also to hand out 65 Wrap up a child blankets to the children here
who have so very little.
The school has just been rebuilt beside the village Wat on a plateau overlooking
the mountains. It is a wooden structure with a corrugated tin roof, mud floors and
no electricity or water. This small village primary school takes care of over 70
children and lately has only two loyal teachers the three classrooms now condensed
The following morning, through the mud and the rain the local village head man and
the head of education arrived at the Wat to help present the children with their
Lined up School style, boys and girls with the smallest in front, we explain to them
what we are doing and told them about RCES and Swiss International Airlines who generously
donated these blankets. Coveting their Swiss International Airline first class cabin
blankets they headed back to their classrooms where we discussed with the head of
education and the teachers as to their needs for the school.
The power company was persuaded to bring a supply to the school but it is up to the
school to provide the final connection. This is understandable as there is no power
system or cables etc. within the building.
The primary desire is for fans, as the heat from the tin roof is extreme, second
is lighting but according to them not essential. The children are used to the gloom.
Connection and installing the following is estimated at 19,500Baht
Two ceiling fans per classroom. Cable, switches, power board, Lighting one fluorescent
fitting per class room, Cable and light switches
The villagers have offered to undertake the installation of a water supply if they
are supplied with the materials, ie. plastic pipe. Costs being advised at 5 - 6,000
After the water is installed it may be possible to arrange toilets. (None at present)
The school has nothing! Pencils, Paper, Posters, World maps (where is Switzerland?)
Alphabet posters, Laos and English, Posters/pictures of animals, fruits, vegetables,
plants, flowers etc.
With Many thanks to Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard, Pattaya, Thailand and the generous
donation from Steve Ryser’s friend Gabi Bamatter, Electricity and water has now been