World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. We serve approximately 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world. We are committed to working with all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
We started working in the country in 1968 through relief assistance provided to people displaced by the Indo-China War. The organization closed in 1975 and reopened in 1991, resuming development work that focuses on improving the lives of vulnerable children. We believe Lao children represent hope for the nation’s future and are working to bring change for children, especially the rural children through a development approach focused on education, health, child protection, and economic growth/food security.
In 2013, we launched a three-year strategy focusing on supporting vulnerable children and their families. This new national strategy focused on contributing to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
We estimate that more than 200,000 Lao children have benefited from programmes or policy improvements as a result of our work.
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger (MDG 1)
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education (MDG 2)
Goal 3: Reduce child mortality (MDG 4)
Goal 4: Children report increased well-being (World Vision Global Goal)
Where we work
Since 2004, we have designed and implemented multi-sector rural development programs called Area Development Programmes. These ADPs are district level partnerships with the government of Laos, targeting villages in districts where children are suffering from the impacts of poverty.
We currently have 17 district ADPs in five provinces: LuangPrabang, Borikhamxay, Khammouane, Savanakhet and Champassak.
The ADP activities include mother child nutrition and health, water and sanitation programs, education, infrastructure development such as schools, health facilities and roads, livelihoods development, child protection programs and other programs intended to improve child well-being. Learn more about our programmes.