One of our neighbourhood temples Wat Nong
Community: Luang Prabang People and Culture
Lotus Villa strives to be an active part of the Luang Prabang community.
Orphanage project: Andrew Brown. Andrew has been assisting the Deak Kum Pa Orphanage for over five years. He has now starting support for Suan Luang Orphanage (650 children) and Numbuk orphanage (490 children). If you would like to know more, or help with a donation, please contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.supportlaochildren.com
Cultural Conservation. Jacinta Brown has a Master degree in Cultural Material Conservation. and has a personal interest in assisting Lao in retaining traditional skills and culture, and is involved in several projects in Luang Prabang . To find out more about our conservation efforts in Luang Prabang and how you can help by assisting or making a donation go to http://jbconservationlaos.blogspot.com/
As a business, we have adopted the following policies to ensure that we are making active contributions to the community:
Support of our village temple: Vat Sene. Daily food offerings as well as intermittent special project support.
Fair employment for Staff: We support fare wages and conditions for local people, and provide training opportunities and medical care.
Environment: We have tried to make Lotus Villa as environmentally friendly as possible and implemented good cleaning and waste disposal practices as well as methods to reduce our overall impact. To see our environmental policy please click here.
Support of local and National activities in Luang Prabang. Projects Lotus Villa has supported include The Lao national Games in Luang Prabang 2011, FMK dance troupe and workshops, Luang Prabang film festival, French cultural centre open days, Evolution Crew breakdancing Troupe, The Luang Prabang Police fund, The Lao National Veterans association, Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC), Phon Heaung village.
Mentoring of local artisans. Richard, Jacinta and Andrew all informally assist local artisans with product development and business improvements.
Distribution of books including healthcare to villages of our staff, past and present.
Lotus villa supports Lao industry by seeking out locally made products for preferential use in the hotel.
We actively seek out other businesses who treat their staff fairly and give good working conditions, and we support of Lao running their own quality businesses by encouraging patronage. We have listed these on our recommendations along with other organisations that also contribute to the Lao Community. Please consider making donations as part of your valuable contribution.
Increasing literacy and skills
Big Brother Mouse. Buy books to donate or join the English exchange http: www.bigbrothermouse.com/
My Library. Not for profit library resources, media and computer & communication skills www.thelanguageproject.org/
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC).Museum, research, shop & community support: www.taeclaos.org/
Ock Pop Tok: gallery, fair trade textiles, community support, research & conservation: http://www.ockpoptok.com/
Remains from the war: Unexploded Ordinance (UXO)
Get better informed about this ongoing problem
Cope: providing prosthetics for victims of UXO
Exercise Luang Prabang: check the schedules
Accommodation we love in other places:
Vientiane Hotel Khamvongsa
Pakse Pakse hotel: www.hotelpakse.com/
International: Cambodia Siem Reap
Deak Kum Pa Orphanage project by Andrew
The orphanage's part-time English teacher, Ms Choumalee.
Luang Prabang is a beautiful and spiritual town, however many of the surrounding areas are home to some of the poorest people in the world.
On the outskirts of Luang Prabang is the Deak Kum Pa Orphanage, home to over 500 homeless and parentless children. The Lao government can only afford to pay $19 per month for each child for food, water and education.
These funds are enough for only 2 meals per day. The orphanage relies on clothing donations from tourists, and educational materials are sadly lacking.
Lotus Villa provides fruit every day for each child, and meat and eggs for 3 days per week to improve the health and development of each child. We also provide pork, chicken and fish weekly to provide important protein nutrition for the children.
The cost of this is $US32500 per year. We also supply soap toothpaste and toothbrushes and recently finished building our second new dormitory and a second new school to ease the cramped living conditions. The orphanage is now home to 590 children and the numbers will continue to grow each year.
Any donations of clothing are warmly welcomed
Handing out books and pencils for the children