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 fair 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.
- Support of Laos National Games activities in LuangPrabang. Projects Lotus Villa has supported include The Lao National Games in LuangPrabang 2011, FMK dance troupe and workshops, LuangPrabang film festival, French cultural centre open days, Evolution Crew Breakdancing Troupe, The LuangPrabang Police fund, The Lao National Veterans association, Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC), PhonHeaung village.
- Mentoring of local artisans. Our associates Richard, Jacinta and Andrew all informally assist local artisans with product development and business improvements. Distribution of books including healthcare literature 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.
Jacinta Brown has a Master's degree in Cultural Material Conservation. She 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 her conservation efforts in Luang Prabang please visit http://jbconservationlaos.blogspot.com/
Andrew has been assisting the Deak Kum Pa Orphanage for over five years. He is now starting support for Suan Luang Orphanage (650 children) and Numbuk orphanage (450 children). If you would like to know more, please contact Andrew at email@example.com
The Luang Prabang Orphanage
The Luang Prabang Orphanage is home to 600 children and is just 3km from Luang Prabang. Andrew, who built Lotus Villa, has been supporting the orphanage for 5 years. He initiated and maintains the programs for food, medical, dental, hygiene, education and capital projects. Andrew has also started support programs for the Suan Luang orphanage/ethnic school (30 minutes from LPB) and the Numbuk orphanage/ethnic school (2.5 hours from LPB). His support now covers over 1600 children. If you can help with support or a donation please contact Andrew through the hotel. Andrew is fully accountable for all donations.
Although Luang Prabang is a beautiful and spiritual town, many of the surrounding areas are home to some of the poorest people in the world.
Deak Kum Pa Orphanage
On the outskirts of Luang Prabang is the Deak Kum Pa Orphanage, home to 600 homeless and parentless children. The Lao government can only afford to pay $25 per month for each child for food, water and education.
These funds are enough for only 2 basic meals per day. Andrew supplies 3 eggs per child per week, meat 3 times per week and fruit 7 times per week.
Andrew also supplies soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes and recently finished building a second new dormitory and a new school to ease the cramped living conditions. In 2011, he initiated a scholarship program to help the children transition out of the orphanage and into higher education. We now have 75 orphanage students being supported through this program.
Suan Luang is both an orphanage and a school. It is home to the poorest of Lao children who can no longer be supported by their families. Suan Luang needs the same level of support that is being given to the Deak Kum Pa orphanage and the same programs will be initiated when funding is available. The conditions at this school are very poor with dilapidated dormitories and classrooms, no medical or dental support, very poor food quality and no clean drinking water. These problems can all be fixed if funding is available.
Numbuk Orphanage school
Numbuk Orphanage school also provides a home to both orphans and very poor Lao children. The school is 2.5 hours from Luang Prabang. Presently there is 450 children but these numbers will grow to 630 children in the next 2 years and Andrew hopes to build 3 dormitories in the next 18 months to facilitate these extra children coming to the orphanage. Similarly, food, clean water, and medical and dental support are priorities along with clothing and educational support.
If you, or a friend can support a specific project, it will be most welcome and make a huge difference in these childrens' lives. If you think you can help with a donation please speak with Andrew at the hotel or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org